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Acts 28:11-31

ESV 11 After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods as a figurehead. MSG 11 When an Egyptian ship that had wintered there in the harbor prepared to leave for Italy, we got on board. The ship had a carved Gemini for its figurehead: "the Heavenly Twins." ESV 12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. MSG 12 We put in at Syracuse for three days ESV 13 And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. MSG 13 and then went up the coast to Rhegium. Two days later, with the wind out of the south, we sailed into the Bay of Naples. ESV 14 There we found brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. MSG 14 We found Christian friends there and stayed with them for a week. ESV 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. MSG 15 Friends in Rome heard we were on the way and came out to meet us. One group got as far as Appian Court; another group met us at Three Taverns - emotion-packed meetings, as you can well imagine. Paul, brimming over with praise, led us in prayers of thanksgiving. ESV 16 And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him. MSG 16 When we actually entered Rome, they let Paul live in his own private quarters with a soldier who had been assigned to guard him. ESV 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. MSG 17 Three days later, Paul called the Jewish leaders together for a meeting at his house. He said, "The Jews in Jerusalem arrested me on trumped-up charges, and I was taken into custody by the Romans. I assure you that I did absolutely nothing against Jewish laws or Jewish customs. ESV 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. MSG 18 After the Romans investigated the charges and found there was nothing to them, they wanted to set me free, ESV 19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar--though I had no charge to bring against my nation. MSG 19 but the Jews objected so fiercely that I was forced to appeal to Caesar. I did this not to accuse them of any wrongdoing or to get our people in trouble with Rome. We've had enough trouble through the years that way. ESV 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." MSG 20 I did it for Israel. I asked you to come and listen to me today to make it clear that I'm on Israel's side, not against her. I'm a hostage here for hope, not doom." ESV 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. MSG 21 They said, "Nobody wrote warning us about you. And no one has shown up saying anything bad about you. ESV 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." MSG 22 But we would like very much to hear more. The only thing we know about this Christian sect is that nobody seems to have anything good to say about it." ESV 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. MSG 23 They agreed on a time. When the day arrived, they came back to his home with a number of their friends. Paul talked to them all day, from morning to evening, explaining everything involved in the kingdom of God, and trying to persuade them all about Jesus by pointing out what Moses and the prophets had written about him. ESV 24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. MSG 24 Some of them were persuaded by what he said, but others refused to believe a word of it. ESV 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: MSG 25 When the unbelievers got cantankerous and started bickering with each other, Paul interrupted: "I have just one more thing to say to you. The Holy Spirit sure knew what he was talking about when he addressed our ancestors through Isaiah the prophet: ESV 26 "'Go to this people, and say, You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. MSG 26 Go to this people and tell them this: "You're going to listen with your ears, but you won't hear a word; You're going to stare with your eyes, but you won't see a thing. ESV 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.' MSG 27 These people are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won't have to listen; They screw their eyes shut so they won't have to look, so they won't have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them." ESV 28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen." MSG 28 "You've had your chance. The non-Jewish outsiders are next on the list. And believe me, they're going to receive it with open arms!" ESV 30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, MSG 30 Paul lived for two years in his rented house. He welcomed everyone who came to visit. ESV 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. MSG 31 He urgently presented all matters of the kingdom of God. He explained everything about Jesus Christ. His door was always open. <\n>

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