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1 When we were safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 1 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.
2 The people who lived on the island were unusually kind to us. They made a fire and welcomed all of us around it because of the rain and the cold. 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 bundle of brushwood and put it on the fire. The heat forced a poisonous snake out of the brushwood. The snake bit Paul's hand and wouldn't let go. 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 people who lived on the island saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, "This man must be a murderer! He may have escaped from the sea, but justice won'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 wasn't harmed. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
6 The people were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But after they had waited a long time and saw nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said 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 A man named Publius, who was the governor of the island, had property around the area. He welcomed us and treated 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 His father happened to be sick in bed. He was suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went to him, prayed, placed his hands on him, and made him well. 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 After that had happened, other sick people on the island went to Paul and were made well. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 They showed respect for us in many ways, and when we were going to set sail, they put whatever we needed on board. 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 on an Alexandrian ship that had spent the winter at the island. The ship had the gods Castor and Pollux carved on its front. 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 stopped at the city of Syracuse and stayed there for three days. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
13 We sailed from Syracuse and arrived at the city of Rhegium. The next day a south wind began to blow, and two days later we arrived at the city 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 In Puteoli we discovered some believers who begged us to spend a week with them. 14 There we found some brothers who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
15 Believers in Rome heard that we were coming, so they came as far as the cities of Appius' Market and Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and felt encouraged. So we finally arrived in the city of Rome. 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 After our arrival, Paul was allowed to live by himself, but he had a soldier who guarded 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 invited the most influential Jews in Rome to meet with him. When they assembled, he said to them, "Brothers, I haven't done anything against the Jewish people or violated the customs handed down by our ancestors. Yet, I'm a prisoner from Jerusalem, and I've been handed over to the Roman authorities. 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 The Roman authorities cross-examined me and wanted to let me go because I was accused of 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 objected, I was forced to appeal my case to the emperor. That doesn't mean I have any charges to bring 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's why I asked to see you and speak with you. I'm wearing these chains because of what Israel hopes for." 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 The Jewish leaders told Paul, "We haven't received any letters from Judea about you, and no Jewish person who has come to Rome has reported or mentioned 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 However, we would like to hear what you think. We know that everywhere people are talking against this sect." 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 On a designated day a larger number of influential Jews [than expected] went to the place where Paul was staying. From morning until evening, Paul was explaining the kingdom of God to them. He was trying to convince them about Jesus from Moses' Teachings 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 of them were convinced by what he said, but others continued to disbelieve. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 The Jews, unable to agree among themselves, left after Paul had quoted this particular passage to them: "How well the Holy Spirit spoke to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah! 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 The Spirit said: 'Go to these people and say, "You will hear clearly but never understand. You will see clearly but never comprehend. 26 " 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
27 These people have become close-minded and hard of hearing. They have shut their eyes so that their eyes never see. Their ears never hear. Their minds never understand. And they never turn to me for healing."' 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 "You need to know that God has sent his salvation to people who are not Jews. They will listen." 28 "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"
29 29 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.
30 Paul rented a place to live for two full years and welcomed everyone who came to him. 30 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
31 He spread the message about God's kingdom and taught very boldly about the Lord Jesus Christ. No one stopped him. 31