Paul after his shipwreck is kindly entertained of the barbarians.
Acts 28:1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the Iland was called Melita. Acts 28:2 And the barbarous people shewed vs no little kindnesse: for they kindled a fire, and receiued vs euery one because of the present raine, and because of the cold. Acts 28:3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of stickes, and layde them on the fire, there came a Uiper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. Acts 28:4 And when the Barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they saide among themselues, No doubt this man is a murtherer, whom though hee hath escaped the Sea, yet Uengeance suffereth not to liue.
The viper on his hand hurteth him not.
Acts 28:5 And hee shooke off the beast into the fire, and felt no harme. Acts 28:6 Howbeit, they looked when hee should haue swollen, or fallen downe dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harme come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a God. Acts 28:7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chiefe man of the Iland, whose name was Publius, who receiued vs, and lodged vs three dayes courteously.
He healeth many diseases in the island.
Acts 28:8 And it came to passe that the father of Publius lay sicke of a feuer, and of a bloody-flixe, to whom Paul entred in, and prayed, and layed his hands on him, and healed him. Acts 28:9 So when this was done, others also which had diseases in the Iland, came, and were healed: Acts 28:10 Who also honoured vs with many honours, and when wee departed, they laded vs with such things as were necessary.
They depart towards Rome.
Acts 28:11 And after three moneths wee departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the Ile, whose signe was Castor and Pollux. Acts 28:12 And landing at Syracuse wee taried there three dayes. Acts 28:13 And from thence wee fet a compasse, and came to Rhegium, and after one day the South winde blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli: Acts 28:14 Where wee found brethren, and were desired to tary with them seuen dayes: and so we went toward Rome. Acts 28:15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of vs, they came to meet vs as farre as Appii forum, and the three Tauernes: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and tooke courage. Acts 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the Centurion deliuered the prisoners to the Captaine of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himselfe, with a souldier that kept him.
He declareth to the Jews the cause of his coming.
Acts 28:17 And it came to passe, that after three dayes, Paul called the chiefe of the Iewes together. And when they were come together, he said vnto them, Men and brethren, though I haue committed nothing against the people, or customes of our fathers, yet was I deliuered prisoner from Hierusalem into the hands of the Romanes. Acts 28:18 Who when they had examined me, would haue let me goe, because there was no cause of death in me. Acts 28:19 But when the Iewes spake against it, I was constrained to appeale vnto Cesar, not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. Acts 28:20 For this cause therefore haue I called for you, to see you, and to speake with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chaine. Acts 28:21 And they saide vnto him, Wee neither receiued letters out of Iudea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came, shewed or spake any harme of thee. Acts 28:22 But we desire to heare of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that euery where it is spoken against. Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging, to whom he expounded and testified the kingdome of God, perswading them concerning Iesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the Prophets, from morning till euening.
After his preaching some were persuaded, and some believed not.
Acts 28:24 And some beleeued the things which were spoken, and some beleeued not. Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselues, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the holy Ghost by Esaias the Prophet, vnto our fathers, Acts 28:26 Saying, Goe vnto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall heare, and shall not vnderstand, and seeing ye shall see, and not perceiue. Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed grosse, and their eares are dull of hearing, and their eyes haue they closed, lest they should see with their eyes, and heare with their eares, and vnderstand with their heart, and should bee conuerted, and I should heale them. Acts 28:28 Be it knowen therfore vnto you, that the saluation of God is sent vnto the Gentiles, and that they wil heare it. Acts 28:29 And when hee had saide these words, the Iewes departed, and had great reasoning among themselues.
Yet he preacheth there two years.
Acts 28:30 And Paul dwelt two whole yeeres in his owne hired house, and receiued all that came in vnto him, Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdome of God, and teaching those things which concerne the Lord Iesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.