17It happened, that after three days Paul called together those who were the leaders of the Jews. When they had come together, he said to them, "I, brothers, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, still was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,18who, when they had examined me, desired to set me free, because there was no cause of death in me.19But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything about which to accuse my nation.20For this cause therefore did I ask you to see and to speak with me. For because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain."21They said to him, "We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor did any of the brothers come here and report or speak any evil of you.22But we desire to hear of you what you think. For, as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against."
25When they didn't agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had spoken one word, "The Holy Spirit spoke well through Isaiah, the prophet, to our fathers,26saying, 'Go to this people, and say, In hearing, you will hear, and will in no way understand. In seeing, you will see, and will in no way perceive.27For this people's heart has grown callous. Their ears are dull of hearing. Their eyes they have closed. Lest they should see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their heart, Would turn again, And I would heal them.'28"Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles. They will also hear."