When 1they had been broughtsafelythrough, 2then we found out that 3the island was calledaMalta.
24The bnativesshowed us extraordinarykindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and 5received us all.
But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a vipercame out cbecause of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.
4When6the dnativessaw the creaturehanging from his hand, they began saying to oneanother, "7Undoubtedlythisman is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, ejustice has not allowed him to live."
5However8he shook the creatureoff into the fire and sufferednoharm.
But they were expecting that he was about to swell up orsuddenlyfalldowndead. But after they had waited a long time and had seennothingunusualhappen to him, they changed their minds and 9began to say that he was a god.
7Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leadingman of the island, namedPublius, whowelcomed us and entertained us courteouslythreedays.
And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paulwent in to see him and after he had 10prayed, he 11laid his hands on him and healed him.
After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who haddiseases were coming to him and gettingcured.
They also honored us with manyfmarks of respect; and when we were settingsail, they gsupplied us with hall we needed.
At the end of threemonths we setsail on 12an Alexandrianship which had wintered at the island, and which hadithe TwinBrothers for its figurehead.
After we put in at Syracuse, we stayed there for threedays.
From there we sailedaround and arrived at Rhegium, and a daylater a southwindsprang up, and on the secondday we came to Puteoli.
14jThere we found some 13brethren, and were invited to stay with them for sevendays; and thus we came to Rome.
And the 14brethren, when they heardabout us, came from there as far as the kMarket of Appius and lThreeInns to meet us; and when Paulsaw them, he thankedGod and tookcourage.
16When we enteredRome, Paul was 15allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
17AfterthreedaysmPaul calledtogetherthose who were 16the leadingmen of the Jews, and when they cametogether, he began saying to them, "17Brethren , 18though I had donenothingagainst our peopleor19the customs of our nfathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
"And when they had 20examined me, they 21were willing to release me because there was 22nogroundofor putting me to death.
"But when the Jewspobjected, I was forced to 23appeal to Caesar, not that I hadanyaccusationagainst my nation.
"For thisreason, therefore, I qrequested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing24thischain for 25the sake of the hope of Israel."
They said to him, "We have neitherreceivedletters from Judeaconcerning you, nor have any of 26the brethrencomehere and reportedorspokenanythingbadabout you.
"But we desire to hear from you whatryour views are; for concerningthis27sect, it is known to us that 28it is spokenagainsteverywhere."
When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at 29his lodging in largenumbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly30testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerningJesus, 31from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morninguntilevening.
2432Some were being persuaded by the thingsspoken, but otherswould not believe.
And when they did not agree with oneanother, they began leaving after Paul had spokenone parting word, "The HolySpiritrightlyspokethroughIsaiah the prophet to your fathers,
26saying, '33GO TO THISPEOPLE AND SAY, "s34YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, tBUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND uYOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
2735FOR THE HEART OF THISPEOPLE HAS BECOMEDULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELYHEAR, 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."'
28"Therefore let it be known to you that 36thissalvation of God has been sent37to the Gentiles; they will alsolisten."
[vWhen he had spokenthese words, the Jewsdeparted, having a greatdisputeamongthemselves.]
And he stayedtwofullyearswin his ownrentedquarters and was welcomingall who came to him,
31x38preaching the kingdom of God and teachingconcerning the LordJesusChrist39with allopenness, unhindered.