Acts 28:17-22 NIV

Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard

17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.1 When they had assembled, Paul said to them: "My brothers,2 although I have done nothing against our people3 or against the customs of our ancestors,4 I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.

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18 They examined me5 and wanted to release me,6 because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.7

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19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar8--not that I had any charge to bring against my own people.

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20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel9 that I am bound with this chain."10

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21 They replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers11 who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you.

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22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."12

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