Acts 28:23–31

23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at ahis lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly btestifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, cfrom both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.

24 aSome were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe.

25 And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,

26 saying,

aGo to this people and say,

1bYou will keep on hearing, 2but will not understand;

And 3you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;

27 aFor the heart of this people has become dull,

And with their ears they scarcely hear,

And they have closed their eyes;

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

And hear with their ears,

And understand with their heart and return,

And I would heal them.” ’

28 “Therefore let it be known to you that athis salvation of God has been sent bto the Gentiles; they will also listen.”

29 [1When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.]

30 And he stayed two full years 1in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him,

31 1apreaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ bwith all openness, unhindered.

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