Acts 28:1-10 (New American Standard)

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Safe at Malta

1 When 1they had been brought safely through, 2then we found out that 3the island was called aMalta. 2 4The bnatives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and 5received us all. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out cbecause of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 4 When 6the dnatives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "7Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, ejustice has not allowed him to live." 5 However 8he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 But they were expecting that he was about 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 9began to say that he was a god. 7 Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us courteously three days. 8 And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had 10prayed, he 11laid his hands on him and healed him. 9 After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured. 10 They also honored us with many fmarks of respect; and when we were setting sail, they gsupplied us with hall we needed.
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