Acts 28

Ashore on Malta

1 [Once] we were safely ashore, we learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The islanders showed us extraordinary kindness. They kindled a fire [and] welcomed all of us because [it was] raining and cold. 3 Paul gathered a bundle of sticks, and as he laid [them] on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened [itself] to his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “Surely this man is a murderer. [Although he] was saved from the sea, Justice
Greek Dike, that is, the Greek goddess of justice
{has} not allowed [him] to live.”
5 But [Paul] shook the creature {off} into the fire [and] suffered no ill effects. 6 [The islanders] were expecting him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds [and] said he was a god. 7 Nearby stood an estate belonging to the Publius, [the] chief official of the island. [He] welcomed us [and] entertained [us] hospitably [for] three days. 8 The father of Publius was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to [see] [him] , and after praying [and] placing [his] hands on him, he healed [the man] . 9 [After] this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured as well. 10 [The islanders] honored us in many ways and supplied [our] needs [when we were ready] to sail.

Paul Arrives in Italy

11 After three months we set sail in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered in the island. It had the Twin Brothers
Greek Dioscuri, that is, the Greek gods Castor and Pollux
as a figurehead.
12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there three days. 13 From [there] we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. After one day, a south wind came up, [and] on the second day we arrived at Puteoli. 14 [There] we found [some] brothers who invited us to spend [the week[ with them. And so we came to Rome. 15 The brothers there had heard about us [and] traveled as far as [the] Forum of Appius and [the] Three Taverns to meet us. [When} Paul saw [them] , he was encouraged and gave thanks to God.

Paul Preaches at Rome

16 When we arrived in Rome,
BYZ and TR include the centurion delivered up the prisoners to the captain of the barrack, but
Paul was permitted to stay by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
17 After three days, he called together the leaders of the Jews. [When] they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, [although] I have done nothing against [our] people or the customs of our fathers, I was taken prisoner in Jerusalem [and] handed over to the Romans. 18 [They] examined me [and] wanted to release [me] , because there was no basis for a death sentence against me. 19 But [when] the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, [even though] I have no [charge] to bring against my nation. 20 So for this reason I have called to see you and speak with [you] . [It is] because of the hope of Israel [that] I am bound with this chain.” 21 [The leaders] replied, “We have not received [any] letters about you from Judea, nor {have} any of the brothers [from there] reported or even mentioned anything bad about you. 22 But we consider your views {worth} hearing, because we know that [people] everywhere are speaking against this sect.” 23 So they set a day to [meet with Paul] , [and] many [people] came to [the place] he was staying. He expounded to [them] from morning to evening, testifying about the kingdom of God and persuading them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. 24 Some [of them] were convinced by what he said, but [others] refused to believe. 25 They disagreed among [themselves] [and] began to leave [after] Paul had made [this final] statement: “The Holy Spirit was right when He spoke to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: 26 ‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing [but] never understanding; you will be ever seeing [but] never perceiving.” 27 For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with [their] ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with [their] eyes, hear with [their] ears, understand with [their] hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.’
Isaiah 6:9,10
28 Be advised, therefore, that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”
BYZ and TR include 29 When he had said this, the Jews went away, disputing sharply among themselves.
30 [Paul] stayed there two full years in his own rented house, welcoming all who came to [visit] him. 31 Boldly [and] freely he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
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