"And when they had 1examined me, they 2were willing to release me because there was 3nogroundafor putting me to death.
"But when the Jewsbobjected, I was forced to 4appeal to Caesar, not that I hadanyaccusationagainst my nation.
"For thisreason, therefore, I crequested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing5thischain for 6the sake of the hope of Israel."
They said to him, "We have neitherreceivedletters from Judeaconcerning you, nor have any of 7the brethrencomehere and reportedorspokenanythingbadabout you.
"But we desire to hear from you whatdyour views are; for concerningthis8sect, it is known to us that 9it is spokenagainsteverywhere."
When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at 10his lodging in largenumbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly11testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerningJesus, 12from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morninguntilevening.
2413Some 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, '14GO TO THISPEOPLE AND SAY, "e15YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, fBUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND gYOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
2716FOR 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 17thissalvation of God has been sent18to the Gentiles; they will alsolisten."