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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 28:17-22

Paul, with a great deal of expense and hazard, is brought a prisoner to Rome, and when he has come nobody appears to prosecute him or lay any thing to his charge; but he must call his own cause; and here he represents it to the chief of the Jews at Rome. It was not long since, by an edict of Claudius, all the Jews were banished from Rome, and kept out till his death; but, in the five years since then, many Jews had come thither, for the advantage of trade, though it does not appear that they... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 28:16-29

28:16-29 When we arrived in Rome, permission was given to Paul to stay in his own house with the soldier who was his guard. After three days he invited the leaders of the Jews to come to see him. When they had assembled, he proceeded to say, "Brethren, although I have done nothing against the People or against our ancestral customs, I was given over as a prisoner into the hands of the Romans from Jerusalem. When the Romans had investigated my case, they wished to release me because there were... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 28:17

And it came to pass, that after three days ,.... From his first coming to Rome, when he had hired himself a house, or lodging, and was settled in it, and was rested from the fatigue of his voyage and journey: Paul called the chief of the Jews together : he sent to the principal men among them; for though the Jews, were expelled from Rome in the reign of Claudius, they were now returned, and had their liberty of residing there; very likely by means of Poppea, Nero's concubine, who... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 28:17

Paul called the chief of the Jews together - We have already seen, in Acts 18:2 , that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome; see the note there: but it seems they were permitted to return very soon; and, from this verse, it appears that there were then chiefs, probably of synagogues, dwelling at Rome. I have committed nothing - Lest they should have heard and received malicious reports against him, he thought it best to state his own case. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 28:17

Verse 17− 17.And after three days. Paul’s humanity − (673) was wonderful, in that, though he had suffered such cruel injuries of his nation, he studied, notwithstanding, to appease the Jews which are at Rome, and he excuseth himself to them, lest they hate his cause, because they hear that the priests do hate him. He might well have excused himself before men, if he passed over these Jews and turned himself to the Gentiles. For though he had continually, in divers places, essayed to bring them... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 28:16-19

Paul and the Roman Jews. I. A FINAL PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF INNOCENCE . It is full of manly courage and simplicity. It was no subversive teaching or conduct that had brought him into his present position. No definite charge had ever been proved against him. Like the Master, it was as a fulfiller, not as a destroyer, that he had wrought. It was for the "hope of Israel "he had suffered. Great teachers are always fulfillers. But because they see that truth is not stagnant, but... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 28:16-23

A unique prisoner. With the masterliness of inspired history, exceeding brevity itself in the passage before us seems to reveal rather than conceal. A few powerful strokes of the pen portray and very strikingly a hero, and one at the same time as real and unusual as ever lived. Great, indeed, must have been the length and the fullness of detail given, if the method of detail had been the one chosen, in order to attain the result of leaving with us an equally correct and complete... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 28:16-31

The fall. The main feature in these concluding verses of the Acts of the Apostles, as it is one of the most momentous incidents in the history of God's dealings with mankind, is the fall of Israel from their proper place in the Church of God. For nearly two thousand years, if we date from the call of Abraham, this one family had been separated from the rest of mankind, and eventually received institutions of such wonderful strength and vitality as to keep them separate through centuries of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 28:17

He for Paul, A.V. and T.R.; called together those that were the chief for called the chief … together, A.V.; I, brethren, though I had done for men and brethren, though I have committed, A.V. and T.R.; the customs for customs, A.V.; was I for was, A.V. After three days . He could but just have got into his hired house, but he would not lose a day in seeking out his brethren to speak to them of the hope of Israel. What marvelous activity! what unquenchable love! The... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 28:17-28

The Christian and the Jew. Here we have the Christian and the Jew brought into close contact; and there seems to have been as fair an opportunity for the latter to understand and appreciate the former as could ever have been granted. With calmness, with the wisdom and fullness of long study and mature experience, the most enlightened Christian apologist presented the case of Christianity to these men of the Jewish faith. We may look at— I. THE INTRODUCTION . Paul felt that his... read more

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