THE HOLY BIBLE
The Acts Of The Apostles Chapter 28:1-31
Acts 28:1 Once we had reached safety we learned that the island was called Malta.
Acts 28:2 The natives showed us extraordinary hospitality; they lit a fire and welcomed all of us because it had begun to rain and was cold.
Acts 28:3 Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire when a viper, escaping from the heat, fastened on his hand.
Acts 28:4 When the natives saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "This man must certainly be a murderer; though he escaped the sea, Justice 1 has not let him remain alive."
Acts 28:5 But he shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no harm.
Acts 28:6 They were expecting him to swell up or suddenly to fall down dead but, after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.
Acts 28:7 In the vicinity of that place were lands belonging to a man named Publius, the chief of the island. He welcomed us and received us cordially as his guests for three days.
Acts 28:8 It so happened that the father of Publius was sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and, after praying, laid his hands on him and healed him.
Acts 28:9 After this had taken place, the rest of the sick on the island came to Paul and were cured.
Acts 28:10 They paid us great honor and when we eventually set sail they brought us the provisions we needed.
Acts 28:11 Three months later we set sail on a ship that had wintered at the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with the Dioscuri as its figurehead.
Acts 28:12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days,
Acts 28:13 and from there we sailed round the coast and arrived at Rhegium. After a day, a south wind came up and in two days we reached Puteoli.
Acts 28:14 There we found some brothers and were urged to stay with them for seven days. And thus we came to Rome.
Acts 28:15 The brothers from there heard about us and came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul gave thanks to God and took courage.
Acts 28:16 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
Acts 28:17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, "My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
Acts 28:18 After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
Acts 28:19 But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
Acts 28:20 This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains."
Acts 28:21 They answered him, "We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor has any of the brothers arrived with a damaging report or rumor about you.
Acts 28:22 But we should like to hear you present your views, for we know that this sect is denounced everywhere."
Acts 28:23 So they arranged a day with him and came to his lodgings in great numbers. From early morning until evening, he expounded his position to them, bearing witness to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus from the law of Moses and the prophets.
Acts 28:24 Some were convinced by what he had said, while others did not believe.
Acts 28:25 Without reaching any agreement among themselves they began to leave; then Paul made one final statement. "Well did the holy Spirit speak to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, saying:
Acts 28:26 'Go to this people and say: You shall indeed hear but not understand. You shall indeed look but never see.
Acts 28:27 Gross is the heart of this people; they will not hear with their ears; they have closed their eyes, so they may not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.'
Acts 28:28 Let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."
Acts 28:30 He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him,
Acts 28:31 and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.