Paul on Malta1After we were brought safely through, awe then learned that bthe island was called Malta. 2 cThe native people ▼
▼Greek barbaroi (that is, non–Greek speakers); also verse 4showed us unusual ekindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. 3When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. 4When fthe native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, g“No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, hJustice ▼
▼Or justicehas not allowed him to live.” 5He, however, jshook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, kthey changed their minds and lsaid that he was a god.
7Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. 8It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and mprayed, and nputting his hands on him, healed him. 9And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10They also honored us greatly ▼
▼Greek honored us with many honorsand when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.
Paul Arrives at Rome11After three months we set sail in pa ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods ▼
▼That is, the Greek gods Castor and Polluxas a figurehead. 12Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14There we found rbrothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sisters; also verses 15, 21and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. 15And tthe brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, uPaul thanked God and took courage. 16And when we came into Rome, vPaul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him.
Paul in Rome17After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, wthough I had done nothing against our people or xthe customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18When they had examined me, they ywished to set me at liberty, zbecause there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. 19But because the Jews objected, I was compelled aato appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against abmy nation. 20For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is acbecause of adthe hope of Israel that I am wearing aethis afchain.” 21And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of agthe brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you. 22But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this ahsect we know that everywhere aiit is spoken against.”
23When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening ajhe expounded to them, testifying to akthe kingdom of God and altrying to convince them about Jesus amboth from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24And ansome were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. 25And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: ao“The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
26 ap“‘Go to this people, and say,
aq“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
27 arFor this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and asturn, and I would heal them.’
28Therefore let it be known to you that atthis ausalvation of God avhas been sent to the Gentiles; awthey will listen.” ▼
▼Some manuscripts add verse 29: And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, having much dispute among themselves
30He lived there two whole years at his own expense ▼
▼Or in his own hired dwellingand azwelcomed all who came to him, 31 baproclaiming bbthe kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ bcwith all boldness and bdwithout hindrance.
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