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1 Once everyone was accounted for and we realized we had all made it, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. 1 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.
2 The natives went out of their way to be friendly to us. The day was rainy and cold and we were already soaked to the bone, but they built a huge bonfire and gathered us around it. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
3 Paul pitched in and helped. He had gathered up a bundle of sticks, but when he put it on the fire, a venomous snake, roused from its torpor by the heat, struck his hand and held on. 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 Seeing the snake hanging from Paul's hand like that, the natives jumped to the conclusion that he was a murderer getting his just deserts. 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 off into the fire, none the worse for wear. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
6 They kept expecting him to drop dead, but when it was obvious he wasn't going to, they jumped to the conclusion 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 The head man in that part of the island was Publius. He took us into his home as his guests, drying us out and putting us up in fine style for the next 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's father was sick at the time, down with a high fever and dysentery. Paul went to the old man's room, and when he laid hands on him and prayed, the man was healed. 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 Word of the healing got around fast, and soon everyone on the island who was sick came and got healed. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 We spent a wonderful three months on Malta. They treated us royally, took care of all our needs and outfitted us for the rest of the journey. 10 They honored us in many ways and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
11 When an Egyptian ship that had wintered there in the harbor prepared to leave for Italy, we got on board. The ship had a carved Gemini for its figurehead: "the Heavenly Twins." 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 put in at Syracuse for three days 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
13 and then went up the coast to Rhegium. Two days later, with the wind out of the south, we sailed into the Bay of Naples. 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 Christian friends there and stayed with them for a week. 14 There we found some brothers who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
15 Friends in Rome heard we were on the way and came out to meet us. One group got as far as Appian Court; another group met us at Three Taverns - emotion-packed meetings, as you can well imagine. Paul, brimming over with praise, led us in prayers of thanksgiving. 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 actually entered Rome, they let Paul live in his own private quarters with a soldier who had been assigned to guard 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 for a meeting at his house. He said, "The Jews in Jerusalem arrested me on trumped-up charges, and I was taken into custody by the Romans. I assure you that I did absolutely nothing against Jewish laws or Jewish customs. 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 the Romans investigated the charges and found there was nothing to them, they wanted to set me free, 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.
19 but the Jews objected so fiercely that I was forced to appeal to Caesar. I did this not to accuse them of any wrongdoing or to get our people in trouble with Rome. We've had enough trouble through the years that way. 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 I did it for Israel. I asked you to come and listen to me today to make it clear that I'm on Israel's side, not against her. I'm a hostage here for hope, not doom." 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, "Nobody wrote warning us about you. And no one has shown up saying 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 would like very much to hear more. The only thing we know about this Christian sect is that nobody seems to have anything good to say about it." 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 They agreed on a time. When the day arrived, they came back to his home with a number of their friends. Paul talked to them all day, from morning to evening, explaining everything involved in the kingdom of God, and trying to persuade them all about Jesus by pointing out what Moses and the prophets had written about him. 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 persuaded by what he said, but others refused to believe a word of it. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 When the unbelievers got cantankerous and started bickering with each other, Paul interrupted: "I have just one more thing to say to you. The Holy Spirit sure knew what he was talking about when he addressed our 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 tell them this: "You're going to listen with your ears, but you won't hear a word; You're going to stare with your eyes, but you won't see a thing. 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 are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won't have to listen; They screw their eyes shut so they won't have to look, so they won't have to deal with me face-to-face and let me 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 "You've had your chance. The non-Jewish outsiders are next on the list. And believe me, they're going to receive it with open arms!" 28 "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"
30 Paul lived for two years in his rented house. He welcomed everyone who came to visit. 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.
31 He urgently presented all matters of the kingdom of God. He explained everything about Jesus Christ. His door was always open. <\n> 31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.