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1 When we were safe 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 of the island were unusually kind. It was raining and cold. So 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 some sticks and put them on the fire. A poisonous snake was driven out by the heat. It fastened itself on Paul's 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 of the island saw the snake hanging from his hand. They said to each other, "This man must be a murderer. He escaped from the sea. But Justice won't let him live." Justice was the name of a goddess. 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. He was not harmed. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
6 The people expected him to swell up. They thought he would suddenly fall dead. They waited for a long time. But they didn't see anything unusual happen to him. So they changed their minds. They 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 Publius owned property nearby. He was the chief official on the island. He welcomed us to his home. For three days he took care of us. He treated us with kindness. 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 was sick in bed. The man suffered from fever and dysentery. So Paul went in to see him. Paul prayed for him. He 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 Then the rest of the sick people on the island came. They too were healed. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 The people of the island honored us in many ways. When we were ready to sail, they gave us the supplies 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 headed out to sea. We sailed in a ship that had stayed at the island during the winter. It was a ship from Alexandria. On the front of it the figures of twin gods were carved. Their names were Castor and Pollux. 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 at Syracuse and stayed there for three days. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
13 From there we sailed to Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up. The day after that, we reached 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 some believers. They invited us to spend a week with them. At last 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 brothers and sisters there had heard we were coming. They traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw these people, he thanked God and was cheered up. 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 got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself. But a soldier 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 called a meeting of the Jewish leaders. So they came. Paul said to them, "My brothers, I have done nothing against our people. I have also done nothing against what our people of long ago practiced. But I was arrested in Jerusalem. I was 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 "They questioned me. And they wanted to let me go. They saw I wasn't guilty of any crime worthy of death. 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 I had to make an appeal to Caesar. "It wasn't that I had anything 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 I share Israel's hope. That is why I am held with this chain. So I have asked to see you and talk with you." 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 replied, "We have not received any letters from Judea about you. None of our companions who came from there has 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 want to hear what your ideas are. We know that people everywhere are talking against those who believe as you do." 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 They decided to meet Paul on a certain day. At that time even more people came to the place where he was staying. From morning until evening, he told them about God's kingdom and explained it to them. Using the Law of Moses and the Prophets, he tried to get them to believe in 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 he said. Others did not. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 They didn't agree with each other. They began to leave after Paul had made a final statement. He said, "The Holy Spirit was right when he spoke to your people long ago. Through Isaiah the prophet the Spirit said, 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 your people. Say to them, "You will hear but never understand. You will see but never know 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 These people's hearts have become stubborn. They can barely hear with their ears. They have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes. They might hear with their ears. They might understand with their hearts. They might turn, and then I would heal them.' #1(Isaiah 6:9,10)#2 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 "Here is what I want you to know. God has sent his salvation to people who are not Jews. 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!"
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in a house he rented. 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 boldly about God's kingdom. No one could keep him from teaching people about the Lord Jesus Christ. 31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.