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1 When we were safely ashore, we learned that the island was called Malta. 1 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.
2 The natives there were very friendly to us. It had started to rain and was cold, so they built a fire and made us all welcome. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
3 Paul gathered up a bundle of sticks and was putting them on the fire when a snake came out on account of the heat and fastened itself 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 The natives saw the snake hanging on Paul's hand and said to one another, "This man must be a murderer, but Fate will not let him live, even though he escaped from the sea." 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 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire without being harmed at all. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
6 They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after waiting for a long time and not seeing anything unusual happening to him, they changed their minds and said, "He is 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 Not far from that place were some fields that belonged to Publius, the chief of the island. He welcomed us kindly and for three days we were his guests. 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 in bed, sick with fever and dysentery. Paul went into his room, prayed, placed his hands 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 When this happened, all the other sick people on the island came and were healed. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 They gave us many gifts, and when we sailed, they put on board what we needed for the voyage. 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 sailed away on a ship from Alexandria, called "The Twin Gods," which had spent the winter in the island. 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 arrived in the city of Syracuse and stayed there for three days. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
13 From there we sailed on and arrived in the city of Rhegium. The next day a wind began to blow from the south, and in two days we came to the town of 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 We found some believers there who asked us to stay with them a week. And so 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 The believers in Rome heard about us and came as far as the towns of Market of Appius and Three Inns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and was greatly 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 arrived in Rome, Paul was allowed 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 After three days Paul called the local Jewish leaders to a meeting. When they had gathered, he said to them, "My fellow Israelites, even though I did nothing against our people or the customs that we received from our ancestors, I was made a prisoner in Jerusalem and handed 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 After questioning me, the Romans wanted to release me, because they found that I had done nothing for which I deserved to die. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.
19 But when the Jews opposed this, I was forced to appeal to the Emperor, even though I had no accusation to make against my own people. 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 That is why I asked to see you and talk with you. As a matter of fact, I am bound in chains like this for the sake of him for whom the people of Israel hope." 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 said to him, "We have not received any letters from Judea about you, nor have any of our people come from there with any news or anything bad to say 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 would like to hear your ideas, because we know that everywhere people speak against this party to which you belong." 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 So they set a date with Paul, and a large number of them came that day to the place where Paul was staying. From morning till night he explained to them his message about the Kingdom of God, and he tried to convince them about Jesus by quoting from the Law of Moses and the writings of 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 of them were convinced by his words, but others would not believe. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 So they left, disagreeing among themselves, after Paul had said this one thing: "How well the Holy Spirit spoke through the prophet Isaiah to your ancestors! 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 For he said, "Go and say to this people: You will listen and listen, but not understand; you will look and look, but not see, 26 " 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
27 because this people's minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand, and they would turn to me, says God, and I would 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 And Paul concluded: "You are to know, then, that God's message of 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 For two years Paul lived in a place he rented for himself, and there he welcomed all 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 He preached about the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking with all boldness and freedom. 31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.