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Acts 28:18-28 (New American Standard)

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18 "And when they had 1examined me, they 2were willing to release me because there was 3no ground afor putting me to death. 19 "But when the Jews bobjected, I was forced to 4appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation. 20 "For this reason, therefore, I crequested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing 5this chain for 6the sake of the hope of Israel." 21 They said to him, "We have neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of 7the brethren come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you. 22 "But we desire to hear from you what dyour views are; for concerning this 8sect, it is known to us that 9it is spoken against everywhere." 23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at 10his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly 11testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, 12from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. 24 13Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe. 25 And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, "The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, 26 saying, '14GO TO THIS PEOPLE AND SAY, "e15YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, fBUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND gYOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 27 16FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, 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 17this salvation of God has been sent 18to the Gentiles; they will also listen."
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