Paul after his shipwreck is kindly entertained of the barbarians.
Acts 28:1 And having been saved, then they knew that the island is called Melita, Acts 28:2 and the foreigners were shewing us no ordinary kindness, for having kindled a fire, they received us all, because of the pressing rain, and because of the cold; Acts 28:3 but Paul having gathered together a quantity of sticks, and having laid [them] upon the fire, a viperout of the heat having comedid fasten on his hand. Acts 28:4 And when the foreigners saw the beast hanging from his hand, they said unto one another, 'Certainly this man is a murderer, whom, having been saved out of the sea, the justice did not suffer to live;'
The viper on his hand hurteth him not.
Acts 28:5 he then, indeed, having shaken off the beast into the fire, suffered no evil, Acts 28:6 and they were expecting him to be about to be inflamed, or to fall down suddenly dead, and they, expecting [it] a long time, and seeing nothing uncommon happening to him, changing [their] minds, said he was a god. Acts 28:7 And in the neighbourhood of that place were lands of the principal man of the island, by name Publius, who, having received us, three days did courteously lodge [us];
He healeth many diseases in the island.
Acts 28:8 and it came to pass, the father of Publius with feverish heats and dysentery pressed, was laid, unto whom Paul having entered, and having prayed, having laid [his] hands on him, healed him; Acts 28:9 this, therefore, being done, the others also in the island having infirmities were coming and were healed; Acts 28:10 who also with many honours did honour us, and we setting sailthey were lading [us] with the things that were necessary.
They depart towards Rome.
Acts 28:11 And after three months, we set sail in a ship (that had wintered in the isle) of Alexandria, with the sign Dioscuri, Acts 28:12 and having landed at Syracuse, we remained three days, Acts 28:13 thence having gone round, we came to Rhegium, and after one day, a south wind having sprung up, the second [day] we came to Puteoli; Acts 28:14 where, having found brethren, we were called upon to remain with them seven days, and thus to Rome we came; Acts 28:15 and thence, the brethren having heard the things concerning us, came forth to meet us, unto Appii Forum, and Three Tavernswhom Paul having seen, having given thanks to God, took courage. Acts 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered up the prisoners to the captain of the barrack, but Paul was suffered to remain by himself, with the soldier guarding him.
He declareth to the Jews the cause of his coming.
Acts 28:17 And it came to pass after three days, Paul called together those who are the principal men of the Jews, and they having come together, he said unto them: 'Men, brethren, Ihaving done nothing contrary to the people, or to the customs of the fathersa prisoner from Jerusalem, was delivered up to the hands of the Romans; Acts 28:18 who, having examined me, were wishing to release [me], because of their being no cause of death in me, Acts 28:19 and the Jews having spoken against [it], I was constrained to appeal unto Caesarnot as having anything to accuse my nation of; Acts 28:20 for this cause, therefore, I called for you to see and to speak with [you], for because of the hope of Israel with this chain I am bound.' Acts 28:21 And they said unto him, 'We did neither receive letters concerning thee from Judea, nor did any one who came of the brethren declare or speak any evil concerning thee, Acts 28:22 and we think it good from thee to hear what thou dost think, for, indeed, concerning this sect it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against;' Acts 28:23 and having appointed him a day, they came, more of them unto him, to the lodging, to whom he was expounding, testifying fully the reign of God, persuading them also of the things concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses, and the prophets, from morning till evening,
After his preaching some were persuaded, and some believed not.
Acts 28:24 and, some, indeed, were believing the things spoken, and some were not believing. Acts 28:25 And not being agreed with one another, they were going away, Paul having spoken one word'Well did the Holy Spirit speak through Isaiah the prophet unto our fathers, Acts 28:26 saying, Go on unto this people and say, With hearing ye shall hear, and ye shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and ye shall not perceive, Acts 28:27 for made gross was the heart of this people, and with the ears they heard heavily, and their eyes they did close, lest they may see with the eyes, and with the heart may understand, and be turned back, and I may heal them. Acts 28:28 'Be it known, therefore, to you, that to the nations was sent the salvation of God, these also will hear it;' Acts 28:29 and he having said these things, the Jews went away, having much disputation among themselves;
Yet he preacheth there two years.
Acts 28:30 and Paul remained an entire two years in his own hired [house], and was receiving all those coming in unto him, Acts 28:31 preaching the reign of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldnessunforbidden.