Acts 28

Safe at Malta

1When a  they had been brought safely through, b  then we found out that c  the island was called
Or Melita
2 e  The
Lit barbarians
natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and g  received us all.
3But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out
Or from the heat
because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.
4When i  the
Lit barbarians
natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another k  Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea
Or Justice, i.e. the personification of a goddess
justice has not allowed him to live.”
5However m  he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 6But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and n  began to say that he was a god.

7Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us courteously three days. 8And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had o  prayed, he p  laid his hands on him and healed him. 9After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured. 10They also honored us with many
Lit honors
marks of respect; and when we were setting sail, they
Or put on board
supplied us with
Lit the things pertaining to the needs
all we needed.

Paul Arrives at Rome

11At the end of three months we set sail on t  an Alexandrian ship which had wintered at the island, and which had
Gr Dioscuri; i.e. Castor and Pollux, twin sons of Zeus
the Twin Brothers for its figurehead.
12After we put in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13From there we sailed around and arrived at Rhegium, and a day later a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14
Lit Where
There we found some w  brethren, and were invited to stay with them for seven days; and thus we came to Rome.
15And the x  brethren, when they heard about us, came from there as far as the
Lat Appii Forum, a station about 43 miles from Rome
Market of Appius and
Lat Tres Tabernae, a station about 33 miles from Rome
Three Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.

16When we entered Rome, Paul was aa  allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

17After three days
Lit he
Paul called together those who were ac  the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began saying to them, ad  Brethren ae  though I had done nothing against our people or af  the customs of our
Or forefathers
fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18“And when they had ah  examined me, they ai  were willing to release me because there was aj  no ground
Lit of death in me
for putting me to death.
19But when the Jews
Lit spoke against
objected, I was forced to am  appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation.
20For this reason, therefore, I
Or invited you to see me and speak with me
requested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing ao  this chain for ap  the sake of the hope of Israel.”
21They said to him, “We have neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of aq  the brethren come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you. 22But we desire to hear from you what
Lit you think
your views are; for concerning this as  sect, it is known to us that at  it is spoken against everywhere.”

23When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at au  his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly av  testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus aw  from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. 24 ax  Some were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe. 25And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, 26saying, ay  Go to this people and say,
Lit with a hearing
ba  You will keep on hearing
Lit and
but will not understand;
Lit seeing you will see
you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
27 bd  For the heart of this people has become dull,
And with their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes;
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.”’

28Therefore let it be known to you that be  this salvation of God has been sent bf  to the Gentiles; they will also listen.” 29[
Early mss do not contain this v
When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.]

30And he stayed two full years
Or at his own expense
in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him,
Or proclaiming
bj  preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ bk  with all openness, unhindered.
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