Acts 28

1 And having been saved, then we recognized that the island is called Malta. 2 Now the barbarians were providing for us and we obtained not just kindliness; for* they lit a fire, and took us all in, because of the standing rainfall and because of the cold. 3 But after Paul twisted together a bunch of brush and laid it upon the fire, a viper attached to his hand, after it came out through the brush from the warmth. 4 Now as the barbarians saw the snake hanging from his hand, they were saying to one another, This man is certainly a murderer, whom, having been saved out of the sea, justice did not permit him to live. 5 Therefore indeed, he shook-off the snake into the fire and suffered no evil. 6 But they were expecting that he is about to swell up or to suddenly fall down dead. But expecting it for a long time and viewing nothing improper happening to him, having a turnabout, they were saying that he was a god.
7 Now in the regions around that place, were* farms possessed by the foremost one of the island, Publius by name, who accepted us and lodged us courteously three days. 8 Now it happened, that the father of Publius lay sick, being troubled with fevers and dysentery; to whom Paul having entered and prayed and laid his hands on him, healed him. 9 Therefore, after this happened, the rest who have any sicknesses in the island were also coming near and were being healed, 10 who also honored us with many honors, and while setting-sail, they placed on the ship the things *for our need. 11 Now after three months, we were led to a ship from Alexandria with an insignia of The Twin Brothers which had wintered in the island.

{March, 62 - March 64. Rome.} 12 And having been led into Syracuse, we remained there three days. 13 From where, we went around and arrived at Rhegium and after one day a south wind came* upon us and on the second day we came to Puteoli; 14 where we found brethren and were encouraged to remain on with them seven days and so we came to Rome. 15 And the brethren from there, after they heard things concerning us, came to the encounter with us out to the Market of Appius and the Three Taverns; whom having seen, Paul thanked God and took courage.
16 Now when we came to Rome, the centurion gave the prisoners to the camp-commander, but Paul was permitted to abide by himself together with the soldier guarding him. 17 Now after three days, Paul happened to call together those who are the foremost of the Jews and after they came together, he said to them, Brethren, I practiced nothing adverse to the Jewish people or the customs of our forefathers. I, a prisoner from Jerusalem, was given up into the hands of the Romans. 18 The Romans who, having examined me, were planning to release me, because no crime exists worthy of death in me. 19 But the Jews were speaking against it, then I was urged to appeal to Caesar; not that I held anything of which to accuse my nation. 20 Therefore, because of this accusation, I pleaded to see and to speak with you *; for* I am encompassed with this chain because of the hope of Israel . 21 But they said to him, We neither accepted writings from Judea concerning you, nor did anyone of the brethren come here and report or speak anything evil concerning you. 22 But we deem it worthy to hear from you what things you are mindful of; for* indeed, concerning this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.
23 Now having appointed him a day, they were coming to him, into the lodging in great number; to whom he was expounding the word, thoroughly testifying of the kingdom of God also persuading them with the things concerning Jesus, both from the Law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning until dusk. 24 And some were obeying and some were disbelieving the things which were spoken. 25 But being in disagreement with one another, they were dismissing themselves after Paul said just one declaration, The Holy Spirit spoke well through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, 26 saying, 'Travel to this people and say, In hearing you* will hear and yet may never* understand, and in seeing you* will see and yet may never* know; 27 for* the heart of this people became-callous and they have selectively heard with the ir ears and they closed their eyes. Lest, they should see with the ir eyes and should hear with the ir ears and should understand with the ir heart and should return and I will be healing them. ' {Isa 6:9-10} 28 Therefore let it be known to you*, that this salvation from God is sent to the Gentiles and they will be hearing it. 29 And having said these things, the Jews went away, having much debate among themselves. 30 Now Paul remained two whole years in his own rented-house and was accepting all who traveled to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, unforbidden by any.

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