14aThere we found some 1brethren, and were invited to stay with them for sevendays ; and thus we came to Rome.
And the 2brethren, when they heardabout us, came from there as far as the bMarket of Appius and cThreeInns to meet us; and when Paulsaw them, he thankedGod and tookcourage.
16When we enteredRome, Paul was 3allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
17AfterthreedaysdPaul calledtogetherthose who were 4the leadingmen of the Jews, and when they cametogether, he began saying to them, "5Brethren , 6though I had donenothingagainst our peopleor7the customs of our efathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
"And when they had 8examined me, they 9were willing to release me because there was 10nogroundffor putting me to death.
"But when the Jewsgobjected, I was forced to 11appeal to Caesar, not that I hadanyaccusationagainst my nation.
"For thisreason, therefore, I hrequested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing12thischain for 13the sake of the hope of Israel."
They said to him, "We have neitherreceivedletters from Judeaconcerning you, nor have any of 14the brethrencomehere and reportedorspokenanythingbadabout you.
"But we desire to hear from you whatiyour views are; for concerningthis15sect, it is known to us that 16it is spokenagainsteverywhere."
When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at 17his lodging in largenumbers ; and he was explaining to them by solemnly18testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerningJesus, 19from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morninguntilevening.
2420Some were being persuaded by the thingsspoken, but otherswould not believe.