Safe at Malta
1 When athey had been brought° safely° through°, bthen° we found° out that cthe island° was called° IMalta°. 2 aThe Inatives° showed° us extraordinary° kindness°; for because° of the rain° that had set° in and because° of the cold°, they kindled° a fire° and breceived° us all°. 3 But when Paul° had gathered° a bundle° of sticks° and laid° them on the fire°, a viper° came° out Ibecause° of the heat° and fastened° itself on his hand°. 4 When° athe Inatives° saw° the creature° hanging° from his hand°, they [began] saying° to one° another°, “bUndoubtedly° this° man° is a murderer°, and though he has been saved° from the sea°, IIjustice° has not allowed° him to live°.” 5 However°° ahe shook° the creature° off° into the fire° and suffered° no° harm°. 6 But they were expecting° that he was about° to swell° up or° suddenly° fall° down° dead°. But after they had waited° a long° time and had seen° nothing° unusual° happen° to him, they changed° their minds° and a[began] to say° that he was a god°.
 IOr Melita a[they] Ac 16:10; 27:1 bAc 27:39 cAc 27:26
 ILit barbarians aAc 28:4; Ro 1:14; 1Co 14:11; Col 3:11 bRo 14:1
 IOr from the heat
 ILit barbarians IIOr Justice, i.e. the personification of a goddess aAc 28:2 bLk 13:2, 4
 aMk 16:18
 aAc 14:11
7 ¶ Now° in the neighborhood° of that place° were lands° belonging to the leading° man° of the island°, named° Publius°, who° welcomed° us and entertained° us courteously° three° days°. 8 And it happened° that the father° of Publius° was lying° [in bed] afflicted° with [recurrent] fever° and dysentery°; and Paul° went° in [to see] him and after he had aprayed°, he blaid° his hands° on him and healed° him. 9 After this° had happened°, the rest° of the people on the island° who had° diseases° were coming° to him and getting° cured°. 10 They also honored° us with many° Imarks° of respect°; and when we were setting° sail°, they IIsupplied° [us] with IIIall° we needed°.
 aAc 9:40; Jm 5:14f bMt 9:18; Mk 5:23; 6:5
 ILit honors IIOr put on board IIILit the things pertaining to the needs
Paul Arrives at Rome
11 ¶ At the end° of three° months° we set° sail° on aan Alexandrian° ship° which had wintered° at the island°, and which had° Ithe Twin° Brothers° for its figurehead°. 12 After we put° in at Syracuse°, we stayed° there for three° days°. 13 From there° we sailed° around° and arrived° at Rhegium°, and a day° later° a south° wind° sprang° up, and on the second° day° we came° to Puteoli°. 14 IThere° we found° [some] abrethren°, and were invited° to stay° with them for seven° days°; and thus° we came° to Rome°. 15 And the abrethren°, when they heard° about° us, came° from there° as far° as the IMarket° of Appius° and IIThree° Inns° to meet° us; and when Paul° saw° them, he thanked° God° and took° courage°.
 IGr Dioscuri; i.e. Castor and Pollux, twin sons of Zeus aAc 27:6
 ILit Where aJn 21:23; Ac 1:15; 6:3; 9:30; 28:15; Ro 1:13;
 ILat Appii Forum, a station about 43 miles from Rome IILat Tres Tabernae, a station about 33 miles from Rome aAc 1:15; 10:23; 11:1, 12, 29; 12:17
17 ¶ After° three° days° IPaul called° together° those° who were athe leading° men° of the Jews°, and when they came° together°, he [began] saying° to them, “bBrethren°°, cthough I had done° nothing° against° our people° or° dthe customs° of our IIfathers°, yet I was delivered° as a prisoner° from Jerusalem° into the hands° of the Romans°. 18 And when they had aexamined° me, they bwere willing° to release° me because° there was cno° ground° Ifor putting me to death°. 19 But when the Jews° Iobjected°, I was forced° to aappeal° to Caesar°, not that I had° any° accusation° against° my nation°. 20 For this° reason°, therefore°, I Irequested° to see° you and to speak° with you, for I am wearing° athis° chain° for bthe sake° of the hope° of Israel°.” 21 They said° to him, “We have neither° received° letters° from Judea° concerning° you, nor° have any° of athe brethren° come° here° and reported° or° spoken° anything° bad° about° you. 22 But we desire° to hear° from you what° Iyour views° are; for concerning° this° asect°, it is known° to us that bit is spoken° against° everywhere°.”
 ILit he IIOr forefathers aAc 13:50; 25:2 bAc 22:5 cAc 25:8 dAc 6:14
 ILit of death in me aAc 22:24 bAc 26:32 cAc 23:29; 25:25; 26:31
 ILit spoke against aAc 25:11, 21, 25; 26:32
 IOr invited you to see me and speak with me aAc 21:33 bAc 26:6f
 aAc 3:17; 22:5; 28:14; Ro 9:3
 ILit you think aAc 24:14 b1P 2:12; 3:16; 4:14, 16
23 ¶ When they had set° a day° for Paul, they came° to him at ahis lodging° in large° numbers°; and he was explaining° to them by solemnly° btestifying° about the kingdom° of God° and trying to persuade° them concerning° Jesus°, cfrom both° the Law° of Moses° and from the Prophets°, from morning° until° evening°.
24 aSome° were being persuaded° by the things° spoken°, but others° would° not believe°.
25 And when they did not agree° with one° another°, they [began] leaving° after Paul° had spoken° one° [parting] word°, “The Holy° Spirit° rightly° spoke° through° Isaiah° the prophet° to your fathers°,
 aPhm 22 bLk 16:28; Ac 1:3; 23:11 cAc 8:35
 aAc 14:4
 ILit with a hearing IILit and IIILit seeing you will see aIs 6:9 bMt 13:14f
 aIs 6:10
 aPs 98:3; Lk 2:30; Ac 13:26 bAc 9:15; 13:46
 IEarly mss do not contain this v
30 ¶ And he stayed° two° full° years° Iin his own° rented° quarters° and was welcoming° all° who came° to him, 31 Iapreaching° the kingdom° of God° and teaching° concerning° the Lord° Jesus° Christ° bwith all° openness°, unhindered°.
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Paul after his shipwreck is kindly entertained of the barbarians.
1 ¶ Andº when they were escaped,ºª thenº they knewºª thatº the² islandº was calledºª Melita.º 2 Andº the² barbarous peopleº shewedºª usº noº littleºª kindness:º forº they kindledºª a fire,º and receivedºª usº every one,º becauseº of the² presentºª rain,º andº becauseº of the² cold.º 3 Andº when Paulº had gatheredºª a bundleº of sticks,º andº laidºª [them] onº the² fire,º there cameºª a viperº out ofº the² heat,º and fastened² on¹ª his¹² hand.º 4 Andº whenº the² barbariansº sawºª the² [venomous] beastº hangºª onº his¹² hand,º they saidºª amongº themselves,º No doubtº thisº manº isºª a murderer,º whom,º though he hath escapedºª¹ the² sea,º yet vengeanceº sufferethºª notº to live.ºª
 Ac 27:26, 44.
 Lv 19:18, 34; Ezr 10:9; Pv 24:11; Mt 10:42; Lk 10:30; Jn 18:18; Ac 27:3; 28:4; Ro 1:14; 2:14, 27; 1Co 14:11; 2Co 11:27; Col 3:11; He 13:2.
 Jb 20:16; Is 30:6; 41:24; 59:5; Am 5:19; Mt 3:7; 12:34; 23:33; Ac 28:4; 2Co 6:9; 11:23.
 Gn 3:1; 4:8; 9:5; 42:21; Nu 35:31; Pv 28:17; Is 13:21; 26:21; 43:20; Zp 2:15; Mt 23:35; 27:25; Lk 13:2, 4; Jn 7:24; 9:1; Ac 28:2, 5; Rv 21:8.
The viper on his hand hurteth him not.
5 Andº¹ he²² shook offºª the² beastº intoº the² fire,º and feltºª noº harm.º 6 Howbeitº they² looked¹ª² when heº shouldºª have swollen,ºª orº fallen downºª deadº suddenly:º butº after theyº had lookedºª a great while,ºº andº sawºª no¹ harmº² comeºª toº him,º they changed their minds,ºª and saidºª that heº wasºª a god.º 7 º Inº¹ the² same¹ quartersº²² wereºª possessionsº of the² chief manº of the² island,º whose name² was¹ Publius;º whoº receivedºª us,º and lodged² us¹ª threeº daysº courteously.º
 Nu 21:6; Ps 91:13; Mk 16:18; Lk 10:19; Jn 3:14; Ro 16:20; Rv 9:3.
 Mt 21:9; 27:22; Ac 12:22; 14:11.
 Mt 10:40; Lk 19:6; Ac 13:7; 18:12; 23:24; 28:2.
He healeth many diseases in the island.
8 Andº it came to pass,ºª that the² fatherº of Publiusº layºª sick² of¹ª a feverº andº of a bloody flux:º toº whomº Paulº entered in,ºª andº prayed,ºª and laidºª his handsº on¹ª him,º and healedºª him.º 9 Soº when¹ª thisº was done,ºª othersº also,º which¹ hadºª diseasesº inº the² island,º came,ºª andº were healed:ºª 10 Whoº alsoº honouredº usº with manyº honours;ºª andº when we departed,ºª they ladedºª [us] with such things as¹ were necessary.º²
 1K 17:20; Mt 9:18; 10:1, 8; Mk 1:30; 6:5; 7:32; 16:18; Lk 4:40; 9:1; 10:8; 13:13; Ac 9:17, 40; 19:11; 1Co 12:9, 28; Jm 5:14.
 Mt 4:24; Mk 6:54; Ac 5:12, 15.
 2K 8:9; Ezr 7:27; Mt 6:31; 10:8; 15:5; 2Co 8:2; 9:5; Php 4:11, 19; 1Th 2:6; 1Ti 5:3, 17.
They depart towards Rome.
11 Andº afterº threeº monthsº we departedºª inº a shipº of Alexandria,º which had winteredºª inº the² isle,º whose signº was Castor and Pollux.º 12 Andº landingºª atº Syracuse,º we tarriedºª [there] threeº days.º 13 And from thenceº we fetched a compass,ºª and cameºª toº Rhegium:º andº afterº oneº dayº the south windº blew,ºª and we cameºª the next dayº toº Puteoli:º 14 Whereº we foundºª brethren,º and were desiredºª to tarryºª withº themº sevenº days:º andº soº we wentºª towardº Rome.º 15 And from thence,º when the² brethrenº heardºª ofº us,º they cameºª to² meetº¹ usº as far asº Appiiº forum,º andº The threeº taverns:º whomº when Paulº saw,ºª he thankedºª God,º and tookºª courage.º 16 Andº whenº we cameºª toº Rome,º the² centurionº deliveredºª the² prisonersº to the² captain of the guard:º butº Paulº was sufferedºª to dwellºª byº himselfº withº a soldierº that keptºª him.º
 Is 45:20; Jna 1:5, 16; Ac 6:9; 27:6; 1Co 8:4.
 Ac 28:12.
 Ac 27:13.
 Gn 7:4; 8:10; Ps 119:63; Mt 10:11; Ac 9:42; 19:1; 20:6; 21:4, 7.
 Ex 4:14; Jsh 1:6, 9; 1S 30:6; Ps 27:14; Jn 12:13; Ac 10:25; 21:5; Ro 15:24; 1Co 12:21; 2Co 2:14; 7:5; Ga 4:14; 1Th 3:7; He 13:3; 3Jn 1:6.
 Gn 37:36; 39:21; 2K 25:8; Jr 40:2; Ac 2:10; 18:2; 19:21; 23:11; 24:23; 27:3, 31, 43; 28:30; Ro 1:7; 15:22; Rv 17:9, 18.
He declareth to the Jews the cause of his coming.
17 Andº it came to pass,ºª that afterº threeº daysº Paulº called¹ª the chief¹¹ª of the Jews¹ together:ººª²²² andº when they¹² were come together,ºª he saidºª untoº them,º Menº [and] brethren,º though Iº have committedºª nothingº againstº the² people,º orº customsº of our fathers,º yet was I deliveredºª prisonerº fromº Jerusalemº intoº the² handsº of the² Romans.º 18 Who,º when they had examinedºª me,º wouldºª have let [me] go,ºª because¹ there wasºª noº causeº of deathº inº me.º 19 Butº when the² Jewsº spake againstºª [it], I was constrainedºª to appeal¹ª unto² Caesar;º notº thatº I hadºª oughtº to accuseºª myº nationº of.¹ª 20 Forº thisº causeº thereforeº have I calledºª for you,º to seeºª [you], andº to speak withºª [you]: because² that¹ forº the² hopeº of Israelº I am bound² with¹ª thisº chain.º 21 Andº they² saidºª untoº him,º Weº neitherº receivedºª lettersº out ofº Judaeaº concerningº thee,º neitherº anyº of the² brethrenº that cameºª shewedºª orº spakeºª anyº harmº ofº thee.º 22 Butº we desireºª to hearºª ofº theeº whatº thou thinkest:ºª forº as² concerningº¹ thisº sect,º weº knowººª thatº every whereº it is spoken against.ºª 23 Andº when they had appointedºª himº a day,º there cameºª manyº toº himº intoº [his] lodging;º to whomº he expoundedºª and testifiedºª the² kingdomº of God,ºº persuadingºª themº concerningº Jesus,º bothº out ofº the² lawº of Moses,º andº [out of] the² prophets,º fromº morningº tillº evening.º
 Gn 40:15; Ac 21:33; 23:1, 33; 24:10; 25:8, 10.
 Ac 22:24, 30; 24:10, 22; 25:7; 26:31.
 Ac 25:10, 21, 25; 26:32; Ro 12:19; 1P 2:22.
 Ac 10:29, 33; 23:6; 24:15; 26:6, 29; 28:16, 17; Ep 3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Php 1:13; Col 4:18; 2Ti 1:10; 2:9; Phm 1:10, 13.
 Ex 11:7; Is 41:11; 50:8; 54:17.
 Lk 2:34; Ac 5:17; 15:5; 16:20; 17:6; 24:5, 14; 26:5; 1Co 11:19; 1P 2:12; 3:16; 4:14.
 Lk 24:26, 44; Jn 4:34; Ac 17:2; 18:4, 28; 19:8; 20:9; 26:6, 22; Phm 1:2.
After his preaching some were persuaded, and some believed not.
24 Andº someº² believedºª the things which were spoken,ºª andº some² believed not.ºª 25 Andº when they agreed notººª amongº themselves,º they departed,ºª after that Paulº had spokenºª oneº word,º¹ Wellº spakeºª the² Holyº Ghostº byº Esaiasº the² prophetº untoº ourº fathers,º 26 Saying,ºª Goºª untoº thisº people,º andº say,ºª Hearingº ye shall hear,ºª andº shall¹ª notº understand;ºª andº seeingºª ye shall see,ºª andº notº perceive:ºª 27 Forº the² heartº of thisº peopleº is waxed gross,ºª andº their earsº are dull¹ of hearing,ºª² andº their¹² eyesº have they closed;ºª lestº they should seeºª with [their] eyes,º andº hearºª with [their] ears,º andº understandºª with [their] heart,º andº should be converted,ºª andº I should healºª them.º 28 Be² it¹ª knownº thereforeº unto you,º thatº the² salvationº of Godº is sentºª unto the² Gentiles,º andº [that] they² will hearºª it.¹ 29 Andº when heº had saidºª these words,º the² Jewsº departed,ºª and hadºª greatº reasoningº amongº themselves.º
 Ac 13:48; 14:4; 17:4; 18:6; 19:8; Ro 3:3; 11:4.
 Mt 15:7; Mk 7:6; Ac 28:29; 2P 1:21.
 Dt 29:4; Ps 81:11; Is 6:9; 29:10, 14; 42:19; 66:4; Jr 5:21; Ezk 3:6; 12:2; Mt 13:14; Mk 4:12; 8:17; Lk 8:10; 24:25, 45; Jn 12:38; Ro 11:8; 2Co 4:4.
 Ps 98:2; Is 49:6; 52:10; Lm 3:26; Ezk 36:32; Mt 21:41; Lk 2:30; 3:6; Ac 2:14; 4:10; 11:18; 13:38, 46; 14:27; 15:14, 17; 18:6; 22:21; 26:17; Ro 3:29; 4:11; 11:11; 15:8.
 Mt 10:34; Lk 12:51; Jn 7:40; Ac 28:25.
Yet he preacheth there two years.
30 Andº Paulº dweltºª two¹ª whole¹ yearsº² inº his ownº hired house,º andº receivedºª allº that came inºªª untoº him,º 31 Preachingºª the² kingdomº of God,º andº teachingºª those things² which concernº the² Lordº Jesusº Christ,º withº allº confidence,º no man forbidding him.º
 Ac 28:16; Tit 1:5.
 Mt 4:23; Mk 1:14; Lk 8:1; Ac 4:29, 31; 5:42; 8:12; 20:25; 23:11; 28:23; Ep 6:19; Php 1:14; Col 4:3; 2Ti 4:17.
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