16When we enteredRome, Paul was 1allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
17AfterthreedaysaPaul calledtogetherthose who were 2the leadingmen of the Jews, and when they cametogether, he began saying to them, "3Brethren , 4though I had donenothingagainst our peopleor5the customs of our bfathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
"And when they had 6examined me, they 7were willing to release me because there was 8nogroundcfor putting me to death.
"But when the Jewsdobjected, I was forced to 9appeal to Caesar, not that I hadanyaccusationagainst my nation.
"For thisreason, therefore, I erequested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing10thischain for 11the sake of the hope of Israel."
They said to him, "We have neitherreceivedletters from Judeaconcerning you, nor have any of 12the brethrencomehere and reportedorspokenanythingbadabout you.
"But we desire to hear from you whatfyour views are; for concerningthis13sect, it is known to us that 14it is spokenagainsteverywhere."
When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at 15his lodging in largenumbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly16testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerningJesus, 17from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morninguntilevening.
2418Some were being persuaded by the thingsspoken, but otherswould not believe.
And when they did not agree with oneanother, they began leaving after Paul had spokenone parting word, "The HolySpiritrightlyspokethroughIsaiah the prophet to your fathers,
26saying, '19GO TO THISPEOPLE AND SAY, "g20YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, hBUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND iYOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
2721FOR THE HEART OF THISPEOPLE HAS BECOMEDULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELYHEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES; OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM."'
28"Therefore let it be known to you that 22thissalvation of God has been sent23to the Gentiles; they will alsolisten."
[jWhen he had spokenthese words, the Jewsdeparted, having a greatdisputeamongthemselves.]
And he stayedtwofullyearskin his ownrentedquarters and was welcomingall who came to him,
31l24preaching the kingdom of God and teachingconcerning the LordJesusChrist25with allopenness, unhindered.