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1 When we were safe on land, we learned 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 there were very good to us. Because it was raining and very cold, they made 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 pile of sticks and was putting them on the fire when a poisonous snake came out because of the heat and bit him on the 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 people living on the island saw the snake hanging from Paul's hand and said to each other, "This man must be a murderer! He did not die in the sea, but Justicen does not want him to 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 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and was not hurt. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
6 The people thought that Paul would swell up or fall down dead. They waited and watched him for a long time, but nothing bad happened to him. So 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 There were some fields around there owned by Publius, an important man on the island. He welcomed us into his home and was very good to us 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 sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul went to him, prayed, and put his hands on the man 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 After this, all the other sick people on the island came to Paul, and he healed them, too. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 10 They honored us in many ways and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
11 The people on the island gave us many honors. When we were ready to leave, three months later, they gave us the things we needed. We got on a ship from Alexandria that had stayed on the island during the winter. On the front of the ship was the sign of the twin gods. 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 Syracuse for three days. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
13 From there we sailed to Rhegium. The next day a wind began to blow from the south, and a day later we came to 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 for a week. Finally, 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 that we were there and came out as far as the Market of Appiusn and the Three Innsn to meet us. When Paul saw them, he was encouraged and thanked God. 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 at Rome, Paul was allowed to live alone, with the soldier who guarded 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 sent for the Jewish leaders there. When they came together, he said, "Brothers, I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors. But I was arrested in Jerusalem and given 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 they asked me many questions, they could find no reason why I should be killed. They wanted to let me go free, 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.
19 but the Jewish people there argued against that. So I had to ask to come to Rome to have my trial before Caesar. But I have no charge 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 is why I wanted to see you and talk with you. I am bound with this chain because I believe in the hope of Israel." 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 answered Paul, "We have received no letters from Judea about you. None of our Jewish brothers who have come from there brought news or told us 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 want to hear your ideas, because we know that people everywhere are speaking against this religious group." 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 Paul and the Jewish people chose a day for a meeting and on that day many more of the Jews met with Paul at the place he was staying. He spoke to them all day long. Using the law of Moses and the prophets' writings, he explained the kingdom of God, and he tried to persuade them to believe these things about Jesus. 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 believed what Paul said, but others did not. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 So they argued and began leaving after Paul said one more thing to them: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet, saying, 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 listen and listen, but you will not understand. You will look and look, but you will not learn, 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 these people have become stubborn. They don't hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might really understand what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. They might really understand in their minds and come back to me and be healed.' 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 "I want you to know that God has also sent his salvation to those who are not Jewish, and 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 stayed two full years in his own rented house and welcomed all people who came to visit him. 30 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
31 He boldly preached about the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ, and no one tried to stop him. 31