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1And [after we] were brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta.

2And the local inhabitants showed _extraordinary_ kindness to us, for they lit a fire [and] welcomed us all, because of the rain that had begun and because of the cold.

3And [when] Paul had gathered a large number of sticks and was placing [them] on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat [and] fastened itself on his hand.

4And when the local people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "Doubtless this man is a murderer whom, [although he] was rescued from the sea, Justice has not permitted to live!

5He, in turn, shook off the creature into the fire [and] suffered no harm.

6But they were expecting [that] he was going to swell up or suddenly to fall down dead. So [after] they had waited for a long [time] and saw nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds [and] began saying [that] he was a god.

7Now in the [regions] around that place were fields belonging to the chief official of the island, _named_ Publius, who welcomed us [and] entertained [us] hospitably [for] three days.

8And it happened that the father of Publius was lying down, afflicted with fever and dysentery. Paul went to _him_ and [after] praying, he placed [his] hands on him [and] healed him.

9And [after] this had taken place, the rest of those on the island who had diseases were coming and being healed also.

10They also honored us with many honors, and [when we] were putting out to sea, they gave [us] the [things] _we needed_.

11Now after three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered at the island, an Alexandrian [one] _with the twin gods Castor and Pollux as its insignia_.

12And putting in at Syracuse, we stayed [there] three days.

13From there we got underway [and] arrived at Rhegium, and after one day a south wind came up [and] on the second day we came to Puteoli,

14where we found brothers, [and] were implored to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome.

15And from there the brothers, [when they] heard the [news] about us, came to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns. [When he] saw them, Paul gave thanks to God [and] took courage.

16And when we entered into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who was guarding him.

17Now it happened that after three days, he called together those who were the most prominent of the Jews. And [when] they had assembled, he said to them, "Men [and] brothers, [although] I had done nothing against [our] people or the customs of our fathers, from Jerusalem I was delivered [as] a prisoner into the hands of the Romans,

18who, [when they] had examined me, were wanting to release [me], because there was no basis for an accusation [worthy] of death with me.

19But [because] the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar (not as [if I] had any [charge] to bring against my [own] people).

20Therefore for this reason I have requested to see you and to speak with [you], for because of the hope of Israel I am wearing this chain!

21And they said to him, "We have received no letters about you from Judea, nor has any of the brothers come [and] reported or spoken anything evil about you.

22But we would like to hear from you what you think, for concerning this sect it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.

23And [when they] had set a day with him, many more came to him at his lodging place, to whom he was explaining from early in the morning until evening, testifying about the kingdom of God and attempting to convince them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets.

24And [some] were convinced [by] what was said, but [others] refused to believe.

25So being in disagreement with one another, they began to leave [after] Paul made one statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through the prophet Isaiah to your fathers,

26saying, ‘Go to this people and say, "_You will keep on hearing_ and will never understand, and _you will keep on seeing_ and will never perceive.

27For the heart of this people has become dull, and with [their] ears they hear with difficulty, and they have shut their eyes, lest they see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and understand with [their] heart, and turn, and I would heal them." ‘

28Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles. They also will listen!"


30So he stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and welcomed all who came to him,

31proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the [things] concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, without hindrance.

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