OF THE APOSTLES
d. To the Island of Malta
1 And having been brought safely through, we recognized then that the aisland was called 1Malta.
2 And the 1natives showed us uncommon akindness, for they kindled a fire and took us all in because of the rain coming on and because of the cold.
3 But when Paul had collected a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a aviper came out because of the heat and fastened onto his hand.
4 And when the natives saw the 1snake hanging from his hand, they said to one another, Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, whom, though he has been brought safely out of the sea, 2Justice has not allowed to live.
5 However he shook off the asnake into the fire and suffered no harm;
6 And they expected that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited for a long time and beheld nothing unusual happening to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a 1agod.
7 Now in the vicinity of that place were the lands of the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and gave us hospitality three days in a afriendly way.
8 And the father of Publius was lying down sick with afever and dysentery. Paul went in to him, and having bprayed and claid his hands on him, healed him.
9 And when this happened, the rest also in the island who had sicknesses came to him and were 1healed.
10 They also honored us with many honors; and as we put out to sea, they put on board the things for our needs.
e. To Rome, Ending the Fourth Journey
(1) Through Syracuse to Rome
11 And after it had been three months, we put out to sea in an aAlexandrian ship which had wintered in the island, with the 1twin sons of bZeus for its figurehead.
12 And having landed at Syracuse, we remained three days.
13 From there we sailed around and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind came on, and the second day we came to Puteoli,
14 Where, having found abrothers, we were urged to remain with them seven days. And thus we came to Rome.
15 And from 1there the 2brothers, having heard about the things concerning us, came as far as the 3Market of Appius and 4Three Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and 5took courage.
16 And when we entered into Rome, Paul was permitted to remain by himself with the soldier who was aguarding him.
(2) Contacting the Jewish Leaders
17 And after three days he called together those who were the leading men of the Jews; and when they came together, he said to them, 1Men, brothers, though I have done anothing against the people or the bcustoms of our fathers, I have been delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans,
18 Who, having examined me, intended to arelease me, because there was not one bcause of death in me.
19 But when the Jews spoke against this, I was compelled to aappeal to Caesar, not that I have anything to accuse my bnation of.
20 For this cause therefore, I have entreated you to see me and speak with me; for on account of the ahope of Israel I have this bchain around me.
21 And they said to him, We have neither received aletters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brothers come and reported or spoken anything evil concerning you.
22 But we think it is fitting to hear from you what you think, for concerning this asect it is indeed known to us that it is bspoken against everywhere.
(3) Ministering in Rome
23 And once they had appointed a day for him, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he aexpounded these matters, solemnly btestifying of the 1ckingdom of God and dpersuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of eMoses and the fProphets, from morning until evening.
24 And asome were persuaded by the things which were said, but others did not believe.
25 And when they disagreed with one another, they departed, Paul saying one word to them, Well has the Holy Spirit spoken through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,
26 Saying, 1"Go to this people and say, In hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you will see and by no means perceive;
27 For the aheart of this people has become 1fat, and with their ears they have heard heavily, and their beyes they have closed, lest they perceive with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart, and they turn around, and I will heal them.''
28 Let it be known to you therefore that this asalvation of God has been sent to the bGentiles; they will also chear it.
29 1And when he had spoken these things, the Jews departed, having much dispute among themselves.
30 And he remained 1two whole years in his own rented dwelling and 2welcomed all those who came to him,
31 1Proclaiming the 2akingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all bboldness, unhindered.