16Andwhen we cametoRome, the centuriondelivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard:butPaul was suffered to dwellbyhimselfwith a soldier that kepthim.17And it came to pass , that afterthreedaysPaulcalled the chief of the Jewstogether : and when they were come together , he saiduntothem,Men and brethren, though I have committednothingagainst the people,orcustoms of our fathers, yet was I deliveredprisonerfromJerusaleminto the hands of the Romans.18Who, when they had examinedme,would have let me go , because there wasnocause of deathinme.19But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar;notthat I hadought to accusemynationof .
20Forthiscausetherefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because thatfor the hope of Israel I am bound withthischain.21And they saiduntohim,Weneitherreceivedletters out ofJudaeaconcerningthee,neitherany of the brethren that cameshewedorspakeanyharmofthee.22But we desire to hearoftheewhat thou thinkest : for as concerningthissect,weknowthat every where it is spoken against .
23And when they had appointedhim a day, there camemanytohiminto his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God , persuadingthemconcerningJesus,both out of the law of Moses,and out of the prophets,frommorningtillevening.24Andsomebelieved the things which were spoken , and some believed not .
25And when they agreed notamongthemselves, they departed , after that Paul had spokenoneword , Wellspake the HolyGhostbyEsaias the prophetuntoourfathers,26Saying , Gountothispeople,andsay , Hearing ye shall hear , andshallnotunderstand ; andseeing ye shall see , andnotperceive :
27For the heart of thispeople is waxed gross , and their ears are dull of hearing , andtheireyes have they closed ; lest they should see with their eyes,andhear with their ears,andunderstand with their heart,and should be converted , and I should healthem.28
Be itknowntherefore unto you,that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles,and that they will hearit.29And when he had said these words, the Jewsdeparted , and hadgreatreasoningamongthemselves.30AndPauldwelttwowholeyearsin his own hired house,andreceivedall that came inuntohim,31Preaching the kingdom of God,andteaching those things which concern the LordJesusChrist,withallconfidence, no man forbidding him.