17After 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.18When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.19But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar--though I had no charge to bring against my nation.20For 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."21And 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.22But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against."
25And 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. 27For 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.'28Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."