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“The word they still shall let remain …” Yes, even when the Lord’s ambassador was under arrest.

BibleGateway: Acts 28:16-31

ESV Text: Acts 28:16-31

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:1 and ends at about 4:41

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16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

     17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

     23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

     30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 512:
O Christ, our True and only Light

— Organ Audio

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1. O Christ, our true and only Light, 
Enlighten those who sit in night; 
Let those afar now hear Thy voice 
And in Thy fold with us rejoice. 

2. Fill with the radiance of Thy grace 
The souls now lost in error’s maze 
And all whom in their secret minds 
Some dark delusion haunts and blinds. 

3. Oh, gently call those gone astray 
That they may find the saving way! 
Let every conscience sore opprest 
In Thee find peace and heavenly rest. 

4. Oh, make the deaf to hear Thy Word 
And teach the dumb to speak, dear Lord, 
Who dare not yet the faith avow, 
Though secretly they hold it now. 

5. Shine on the darkened and the cold, 
Recall the wanderers to Thy fold, 
Unite all those who walk apart, 
Confirm the weak and doubting heart, 

6. So they with us may evermore 
Such grace with wondering thanks adore 
And endless praise to Thee be given 
By all Thy Church in earth and heaven.