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1 After reaching land safely, we learned that the island was called Malta. 1 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.
2 The islanders showed us extraordinary kindness. Because it was rainy and cold, they built a fire and welcomed all of us. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
3 Paul gathered a bunch of dry sticks and put them on the fire. As he did, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, latched on to his hand. 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.
4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, "This man must be a murderer! He was rescued from the sea, but the goddess Justice hasn't let him live!" 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, "This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live."
5 Paul shook the snake into the fire and suffered no harm. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
6 They expected him to swell up with fever or suddenly drop dead. After waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to claim that he was a god. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
7 Publius, the island's most prominent person, owned a large estate in that area. He welcomed us warmly into his home as his guests for three days. 7 There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and for three days entertained us hospitably.
8 Publius' father was bedridden, sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul went to see him and prayed. He placed his hand on him and healed him. 8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.
9 Once this happened, the rest of the sick on the island came to him and were healed. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 They honored us in many ways. When we were getting ready to sail again, they supplied us with what we needed. 10 They honored us in many ways and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had spent the winter at the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with carvings of the twin gods Castor and Pollux as its figurehead. 11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.
12 We landed in Syracuse where we stayed three days. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
13 From there we sailed to Rhegium. After one day a south wind came up, and we arrived on the second day in Puteoli. 13 From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli.
14 There we found brothers and sisters who urged us to stay with them for a week. In this way we came to Rome. 14 There we found some brothers who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
15 When the brothers and sisters there heard about us, they came as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he gave thanks to God and was encouraged. 15 The brothers there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged.
16 When we entered Rome, Paul was permitted to live by himself, with a soldier guarding him. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
17 Three days later, Paul called the Jewish leaders together. When they gathered, he said, "Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I'm a prisoner from Jerusalem. They handed me over to the Romans, 17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: "My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.
18 who intended to release me after they examined me, because they couldn't find any reason for putting me to death. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.
19 When the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar. Don't think I appealed to Caesar because I had any reason to bring charges against my nation. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar--not that I had any charge to bring against my own people.
20 This is why I asked to see you and speak with you: it's because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain." 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain."
21 They responded, "We haven't received any letters about you from Judea, nor have any of our brothers come and reported or said anything bad about you. 21 They replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of the brothers who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you.
22 But we think it's important to hear what you think, for we know that people everywhere are speaking against this faction." 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 On the day scheduled for this purpose, many people came to the place where he was staying. From morning until evening, he explained and testified concerning God's kingdom and tried to convince them about Jesus through appealing to the Law from Moses and the Prophets. 23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
24 Some were persuaded by what he said, but others refused to believe. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 They disagreed with each other and were starting to leave when Paul made one more statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke correctly when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet, 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
26 Go to this people and say: You will hear, to be sure, but never understand; and you will certainly see but never recognize what you are seeing. 26 " 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
27 This people's senses have become calloused, and they've become hard of hearing, and they've shut their eyes so that they won't see with their eyes or hear with their ears or understand with their minds, and change their hearts and lives that I may heal them. 27 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
28 "Therefore, be certain of this: God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles. They will listen!" 28 "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"
30 Paul lived in his own rented quarters for two full years and welcomed everyone who came to see him. 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.
31 Unhindered and with complete confidence, he continued to preach God's kingdom and to teach about the Lord Jesus Christ. 31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.