Safe at Malta
1When they had been brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Or MelitaMalta.
2The Gr barbaroi, referring to people who did not speak Greeknatives showed us extraordinary kindness, for they kindled a fire and took us all in because of the rain that had started and because of the cold.
3But 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.
4When the See note v 2natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “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.”
5However, Lit hePaul shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.
6Now they were expecting that he was going 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 began to say that he was a god.
7Now in the neighboring parts of that place were lands belonging to the Prob. the Roman governor of the islandleading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us warmly for three days.
8And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with a recurring fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him, and after he prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.
9After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and being cured.
10They also showed us many honors, and when we were about to set sail, they Or put on boardsupplied us with Lit the things pertaining to the needseverything we needed.
Paul Arrives in Rome
11After three months we set sail on 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.
12After we put in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days.
13From there we sailed around and arrived at Rhegium, and a day later a south wind came up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli.
14Lit WhereThere we found some brothers and sisters, and were invited to stay with them for seven days; and that is how we came to Rome.
15And from there the brothers and sisters, when they heard about us, came as far as the Lat Appii Forum, a station about 43 miles or 69.2 km from RomeMarket of Appius and the Lat Tres Tabernae, a station about 33 miles or 53.1 km from RomeThree Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
16When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
17After three days Lit hePaul called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he began saying to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our Or forefathersfathers, yet I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
18And when they had examined me, they were willing to release me because there were no grounds Lit of death in mefor putting me to death.
19But when the Jews Lit spoke againstobjected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation.
20For this reason, therefore, I Or invited you to see me and speak with merequested to see you and to speak with you, since I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel.”
21They said to him, “We have neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor has any of the brothers come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you.
22But we desire to hear from you what Lit you thinkyour views are; for regarding this sect, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.”
23When they had set a day for Lit himPaul, people came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.
24Some were being persuaded by the things said by Paul, but others would not believe.
25And when they disagreed with one another, they began leaving after Paul said one parting statement: “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,
‘Go to this people and say,
Lit with a hearing you will hearYou will keep on hearing, and will not understand;
And Lit seeing you will seeyou will keep on seeing, and will not perceive;
27For the hearts of this people have become Lit dullinsensitive,
And with their ears they Or are hard of hearinghardly 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.” ’
28Therefore, let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will also listen.”Late mss add as v 29: When he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.
30Now Paul stayed two full years Or at his own expensein his own rented lodging and welcomed all who came to him,
31Or proclaimingpreaching the kingdom of God and teaching things about the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.