1And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.2And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.3And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.4And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.5And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.6Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.7In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.8And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.9So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:10Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.11And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.12And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.13And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:14Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.15And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.16And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.17And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.18Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.19But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.20For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.21And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.22But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.23And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.24And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.25And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,26Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:27For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.28Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.29And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.30And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,31Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
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Paul on Malta
1After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. (Ac 27:26; Ac 27:39)2The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. (Ac 27:3; Ac 28:4; Ro 1:14; 1Co 14:11; Col 3:11)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 the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” (Nu 32:23; Job 4:7; Am 5:19; Am 9:3; Lu 13:2; Lu 13:4; Joh 9:2; Ac 28:2)5He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. (Mr 16:18; Lu 10:19)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, they changed their minds and said that he was a god. (Ac 8:10; Ac 14:11; Ac 14:19)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 prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him. (Mr 5:23; Ac 9:40; Jas 5:14)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, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.
Paul Arrives at Rome
11After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods as a figurehead. (Ac 27:6)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 brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. (Joh 21:23)15And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. (Ac 28:14; Ro 1:9)16And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him. (Ac 24:23; Ac 27:3)
Paul in Rome
17After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. (Ac 6:14; Ac 15:1; Ac 21:21; Ac 25:8)18When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. (Ac 23:29; Ac 26:31)19But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against my nation. (Ac 24:17; Ac 25:11; Ac 26:4; Ac 26:32)20For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.” (Lu 2:25; Ac 21:33; Ac 23:6; Ac 26:29; Eph 6:20; Php 1:7; 2Ti 1:16)21And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you. (Ac 22:5)22But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.” (Lu 2:34; Ac 24:5; 1Pe 2:12; 1Pe 3:16; 1Pe 4:14; 1Pe 4:16)23When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. (Ac 8:35; Ac 17:2; Ac 19:8; Ac 24:14; Ac 26:22; Ac 28:31)24And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. (Ac 14:4; Ac 17:4; Ac 19:9; Ac 23:7)25And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: (Mt 15:7)26“‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” (Isa 6:9; Mt 13:14; Mr 4:12; Lu 8:10)27For 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 turn, and I would heal them.’ (Lu 22:32; Joh 12:40; Ro 11:8)28Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.” (Ps 67:2; Isa 40:5; Mt 8:11; Mt 21:43; Lu 2:30; Lu 3:6; Joh 10:16; Ac 13:26; Ac 13:46; Ac 13:48; Ro 11:11)30He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, (Php 1:13)31proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. (Mt 12:28; Mt 13:19; Ac 4:29; Ac 8:12; Ac 20:25; Ac 28:23; Php 1:12; 2Ti 2:9)