Acts 28:16-31

16 And when we came into Rome, 1Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him.

Paul in Rome

17 After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, "Brothers, 2though I had done nothing against our people or 3the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18 When they had examined me, they 4wished to set me at liberty, 5because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.
19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled 6to appeal to Caesar--though I had no charge to bring against 7my nation.
20 For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is 8because of 9the hope of Israel that I am wearing 10this 11chain."
21 And they said to him, "We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of 12the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you.
22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this 13sect we know that everywhere 14it is spoken against."
23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening 15he expounded to them, testifying to 16the kingdom of God and 17trying to convince them about Jesus 18both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
24 And 19some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved.
25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: 20"The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
26 21"'Go to this people, and say, 22You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.
27 23For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and 24turn, and I would heal them.'
28 Therefore let it be known to you that 25this 26salvation of God 27has been sent to the Gentiles; 28they will listen."[a]
30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense,[b] and 29welcomed all who came to him,
31 30proclaiming 31the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 32with all boldness and 33without hindrance.

Acts 28:16-31 In-Context

14 There we found brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome.
15 And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.
16 And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him.
17 After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, "Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18 When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.
19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar--though I had no charge to bring against my nation.
20 For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain."
21 And they said to him, "We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you.
22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against."
23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved.
25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: "The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
26 "'Go to this people, and say, You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.
27 For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'
28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."
30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,
31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

Cross References 33

  • 1. [Acts 24:23; Acts 27:3]
  • 2. [Acts 25:8]
  • 3. Acts 6:14; Acts 15:1; Acts 21:21
  • 4. Acts 26:31, 32
  • 5. See Acts 23:29
  • 6. Acts 25:11; Acts 26:32
  • 7. Acts 24:17; Acts 26:4
  • 8. See Acts 23:6
  • 9. [Luke 2:25]
  • 10. Acts 26:29
  • 11. Ephesians 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:16; See Acts 21:33; Philippians 1:7
  • 12. Acts 22:5
  • 13. See Acts 24:5
  • 14. Luke 2:34; [1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 3:16; 1 Peter 4:14, 16]
  • 15. [Acts 17:2, 3]
  • 16. ver. 31
  • 17. [Acts 19:8]
  • 18. Acts 8:35; Acts 24:14; Acts 26:22
  • 19. [Acts 14:4; Acts 17:4, 5; Acts 19:9; Acts 23:7]
  • 20. Matthew 15:7
  • 21. Cited from Isaiah 6:9, 10
  • 22. Matthew 13:14, 15; Mark 4:12; [Luke 8:10]
  • 23. [John 12:40; Romans 11:8]
  • 24. See Luke 22:32
  • 25. Acts 13:26
  • 26. Psalms 67:2; Isaiah 40:5; Luke 2:30; Luke 3:6; [Romans 11:11]
  • 27. See Acts 13:46
  • 28. John 10:16; [Acts 13:48; Matthew 8:11; Matthew 21:43]
  • 29. [Philippians 1:13]
  • 30. [Acts 8:12; Acts 20:25]
  • 31. ver. 23; See Matthew 12:28; Matthew 13:19
  • 32. See Acts 4:29
  • 33. [Philippians 1:12, 13; 2 Timothy 2:9]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Some manuscripts add verse 29: And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, having much dispute among themselves
  • [b]. Or in his own hired dwelling
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