The Jews begin to debate among themselves, some believing Paul and others unconvinced. Paul steps in, raising his hand to speak. “In the book of Isaiah, the Holy Spirit spoke through Isaiah to our ancestors. He said, ‘Go to this people and say: “Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”’ I have spoken only the truth to you. Now, it is your choice whether or not to believe. But know this – this same message, the message of salvation from sins, has been given also to the Gentiles, and they believe it and receive that salvation.” The Jews, recognizing this as their dismissal, begin to disperse, debating as they go. After this, many people come to see Paul and to hear him speak about the Kingdom of Heaven and the message of Jesus. For the next two years, Paul remains in his rented house in Rome, receiving visitors and spreading the good news of Jesus to all who will hear him.
Acts 28:25-31, Isaiah 6:9-10