There we found 1brothersa and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome.
And 2the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, 3Paul thanked God and took courage.
And when we came into Rome, 4Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him.
After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, "Brothers, 5though I had done nothing against our people or 6the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
When they had examined me, they 7wished to set me at liberty, 8because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.
But because the Jews objected, I was compelled 9to appeal to Caesar--though I had no charge to bring against 10my nation.
For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is 11because of 12the hope of Israel that I am wearing 13this 14chain."
And they said to him, "We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of 15the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you.
But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this 16sect we know that everywhere 17it is spoken against."
When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening 18he expounded to them, testifying to 19the kingdom of God and 20trying to convince them about Jesus 21both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
And 22some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved.
And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: 23"The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
2624"'Go to this people, and say, 25You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.
2726For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and 27turn, and I would heal them.'
Therefore let it be known to you that 28this 29salvation of God 30has been sent to the Gentiles; 31they will listen."b30
He lived there two whole years at his own expense,c and 32welcomed all who came to him,
3133proclaiming 34the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 35with all boldness and 36without hindrance.