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1 And when we were safe, we made the discovery that the island was named Melita. 1 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta.
2 And the simple people living there were uncommonly kind to us, for they made a fire for us, and took us in, because it was raining and cold. 2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
3 But when Paul had got some sticks together and put them on the fire, a snake came out, because of the heat, and gave him a bite 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 And when the people saw it hanging on his hand, they said to one another, Without doubt this man has put someone to death, and though he has got safely away from the sea, God will not let him go on living. 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 shaking off the beast into the fire, he got no damage. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.
6 But they had the idea that they would see him becoming ill, or suddenly falling down dead; but after waiting a long time, and seeing that no damage came to him, changing their opinion, 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 Now near that place there was some land, the property of the chief man of the island, who was named Publius; who very kindly took us into his house as his guests 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 And the father of Publius was ill, with a disease of the stomach; to whom Paul went, and put his hands on him, with prayer, 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 And when this took place, all the others in the island who had diseases came and were made well. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 Then they gave us great honour, and, when we went away, they put into the ship whatever things we were in need of. 10 They honored us in many ways and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
11 And after three months we went to sea in a ship of Alexandria sailing under the sign of the Dioscuri, which had been at the island for the winter. 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 And going into the harbour at Syracuse, we were waiting there for three days. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.
13 And from there, going about in a curve, we came to Rhegium: and after one day a south wind came up and on the day after 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 Where we came across some of the brothers, who kept us with them for seven days; 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 And the brothers, when they had news of us, came out from town as far as Appii Forum and the Three Taverns to have a meeting with us: and Paul, seeing them, gave praise to God and took heart. 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 And when we came into Rome, they let Paul have a house for himself and the armed man who kept watch over him. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
17 Then after three days he sent for the chief men of the Jews: and when they had come together, he said to them, My brothers, though I had done nothing against the people or the ways of our fathers, I was given, a prisoner from Jerusalem, into the hands of 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 Who, when they had put questions to me, were ready to let me go free, because there was no cause of death in me. 18 They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.
19 But when the Jews made protest against it, I had to put my cause into Caesar's hands; not because I have anything to say against my nation. 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 But for this reason I sent for you, to see and have talk with you: for because of the hope of Israel I am in these chains. 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 And they said to him, We have not had letters from Judaea about you, and no one of the brothers has come to us here to give an account or say any evil 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 have a desire to give hearing to your opinion: for as to this form of religion, we have knowledge that in all places it is attacked. 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."
23 And when a day had been fixed, they came to his house in great numbers; and he gave them teaching, giving witness to the kingdom of God, and having discussions with them about Jesus, from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning till evening. 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 And some were in agreement with what he said, but some had doubts. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 And they went away, for there was a division among them after Paul had said this one thing: Well did the Holy Spirit say by the prophet Isaiah to your fathers, 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, Though you give ear, you will not get knowledge; and seeing, you will see, but the sense will not be clear to you: 26 " 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
27 For the heart of this people has become fat and their ears are slow in hearing and their eyes are shut; for fear that they might see with their eyes and give hearing with their ears and become wise in their hearts and be turned again to me, so that I might make them well. 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 Be certain, then, that the salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and they will give hearing. 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 And for the space of two years, Paul was living in the house of which he had the use, and had talk with all those who went in to see him, 30 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
31 Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ without fear, and no orders were given that he was not to do so. 31