Safe at Malta1 When a they had been brought safely through, b then we found out that c the island was called ▼
▼ Or MelitaMalta. 2 e The ▼
▼ Lit barbariansnatives 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. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out ▼
▼ Or from the heatbecause of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 4 When i the ▼
▼ Lit barbariansnatives 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 goddessjustice has not allowed him to live.” 5 However m he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 But 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. 7 Now 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. 8 And 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. 9 After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured. 10 They also honored us with many ▼
▼ Lit honorsmarks of respect; and when we were setting sail, they ▼
▼ Or put on boardsupplied us with ▼
▼ Lit the things pertaining to the needsall we needed.
Paul Arrives at Rome11 At 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 Zeusthe Twin Brothers for its figurehead. 12 After we put in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13 From 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 WhereThere we found some w brethren, and were invited to stay with them for seven days; and thus we came to Rome. 15 And the x brethren, when they heard about us, came from there as far as the ▼
▼ Lat Appii Forum, a station about 43 miles from RomeMarket of Appius and ▼
▼ Lat Tres Tabernae, a station about 33 miles from RomeThree Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. 16 When we entered Rome, Paul was aa allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him. 17 After three days ▼
▼ Lit hePaul 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 forefathersfathers, 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 mefor putting me to death. 19 “But when the Jews ▼
▼ Lit spoke againstobjected, I was forced to am appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation. 20 “For this reason, therefore, I ▼
▼ Or invited you to see me and speak with merequested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing ao this chain for ap the sake of the hope of Israel.” 21 They 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. 22 “But we desire to hear from you what ▼
▼ Lit you thinkyour views are; for concerning this as sect, it is known to us that at it is spoken against everywhere.” 23 When 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. 25 And 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, 26 saying, ‘ ay Go to this people and say,
▼ Lit with a hearing, ba “You will keep on hearing ▼
▼ Lit andbut will not understand;
▼ Lit seeing you will seeyou 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.”’
28 “Therefore 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 vWhen he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.] 30 And he stayed two full years ▼
▼ Or at his own expensein his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, 31 ▼
▼ Or proclaiming, bj preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ bk with all openness, unhindered.
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