1Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.2The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.3Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.4When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, ‘This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.’5But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.6The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.7There was an estate near by that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days.8His father was ill in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.9When this had happened, the rest of those on the island who were ill came and were cured.10They honoured us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
Paul’s arrival at Rome
11After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island – it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.12We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.13From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli.14There we found some brothers and sisters who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.15The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they travelled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged.16When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
Paul preaches at Rome under guard
17Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: ‘My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.18They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.19The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people.20For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.’21They replied, ‘We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of our people who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you.22But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.’23They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus.24Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.25They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: ‘The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said 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.’27For this people’s heart has become calloused; 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.” (Isa 6:9; Isa 6:10)28-29‘Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!’30For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.31He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ – with all boldness and without hindrance!
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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)