17After three days Sha'ul called a meeting of the local Jewish leaders. When they had gathered, he said to them: "Brothers, although I have done nothing against either our people or the traditions of our fathers, I was made a prisoner in Yerushalayim and handed over to the Romans.18They examined me and were ready to release me, because I had done nothing to justify a death sentence.19But when the Judeans objected, I was forced to appeal to the Emperor - not that I had any charge to make against my own people.20This is why I have asked to see you and speak with you, for it is because of the hope of Isra'el that I have this chain around me."21They said to him, "We have not received any letters about you from Y'hudah, and none of the brothers who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you.22But we do think it would be appropriate to hear your views from you, yourself; for all we know about this sect is that people everywhere speak against it."
25while others refused to believe. So they left, disagreeing among themselves, after Sha'ul had made one final statement: "The Ruach HaKodesh spoke well in saying to your fathers through Yesha'yahu the prophet,26'Go to this people and say, "You will keep on hearing but never understand, and you will keep on seeing but never perceive,27because the heart of this people has grown thick with their ears they barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, for fear that they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and do t'shuvah, so that I could heal them."'28Therefore, let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Goyim, and they will listen!"