Bible: Acts 28

Paul on Malta

28:1 After we had safely reached shore, 1  we learned that the island was called Malta. 2  28:2 The local inhabitants 3  showed us extraordinary 4  kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain 5  and was cold. 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood 6  and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 28:4 When the local people 7  saw the creature hanging from Paul’s 8  hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself 9  has not allowed him to live! 10  28:5 However, 11  Paul 12  shook 13  the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 14  or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 15  a long time and had seen 16  nothing unusual happen 17  to him, they changed their minds 18  and said he was a god. 19 

28:7 Now in the region around that place 20  were fields belonging to the chief official 21  of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father 22  of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him 23  and after praying, placed 24  his hands on him and healed 25  him. 28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick 26  also came and were healed. 27  28:10 They also bestowed many honors, 28  and when we were preparing to sail, 29  they gave 30  us all the supplies we needed. 31 

Paul Finally Reaches Rome

28:11 After three months we put out to sea 32  in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins 33  as its figurehead. 34  28:12 We put in 35  at Syracuse 36  and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off 37  and arrived at Rhegium, 38  and after one day a south wind sprang up 39  and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 40  28:14 There 41  we found 42  some brothers 43  and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 44  28:15 The brothers from there, 45  when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 46  and Three Taverns 47  to meet us. When he saw them, 48  Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 49  by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome

28:17 After three days 50  Paul 51  called the local Jewish leaders 52  together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 53  although I had done 54  nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 55  from Jerusalem 56  I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 57  28:18 When 58  they had heard my case, 59  they wanted to release me, 60  because there was no basis for a death sentence 61  against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 62  I was forced to appeal to Caesar 63 not that I had some charge to bring 64  against my own people. 65  28:20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.” 66  28:21 They replied, 67 We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 68  and reported or said anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know 69  that people 70  everywhere speak against 71  it.”

28:23 They set 72  a day to meet with him, 73  and they came to him where he was staying 74  in even greater numbers. 75  From morning until evening he explained things 76  to them, 77  testifying 78  about the kingdom of God 79  and trying to convince 80  them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 81  by what he said, 82  but others refused 83  to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 84  unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 85  through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,

Go to this people and say,

You will keep on hearing, 86  but will never understand,

and you will keep on looking, 87  but will never perceive.

28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 88 

and their ears are hard of hearing, 89 

and they have closed their eyes,

so that they would not see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart

and turn, 90  and I would heal them.”’ 91 

28:28Therefore be advised 92  that this salvation from God 93  has been sent to the Gentiles; 94  they 95  will listen!

28:29 [[EMPTY]] 96 

28:30 Paul 97  lived 98  there two whole years in his own rented quarters 99  and welcomed 100  all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 101  with complete boldness 102  and without restriction. 103 

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