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Acts 28:16-31 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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16 When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
17 Three days after Paul's arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. He said to them, "Brothers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Roman government, even though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors. 17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: "My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.
18 The Romans tried me and wanted to release me, for they found no cause for the death sentence. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.
19 But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar--not that I had any charge to bring against my own people.
20 I asked you to come here today so we could get acquainted and so I could tell you that I am bound with this chain because I believe that the hope of Israel -- the Messiah -- has already come." 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain."
21 They replied, "We have heard nothing against you. We have had no letters from Judea or reports from anyone who has arrived here. 21 They replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you.
22 But we want to hear what you believe, for the only thing we know about these Christians is that they are denounced everywhere." 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul's house. He told them about the Kingdom of God and taught them about Jesus from the Scriptures -- from the five books of Moses and the books of the prophets. He began lecturing in the morning and went on into the evening. 23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
24 Some believed and some didn't. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 But after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: "The Holy Spirit was right when he said to our ancestors through Isaiah the prophet, 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
26 'Go and say to my people, You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning. 26 " 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
27 For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes -- so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.' 27 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
28 So I want you to realize that this salvation from God is also available to the Gentiles, and they will accept it." 28 "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"
29 29 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.
30 For the next two years, Paul lived in his own rented house. He welcomed all who visited him, 30 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
31 proclaiming the Kingdom of God with all boldness and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him. 31