Acts 28 ©
Paul and his company after their shipwreck are kindly entertained by the barbarians of Melita: a viper fastening on his hand without hurting him, the people, who at first thought ill of him, believe him a god: he healeth the father of Publius, and other sick persons in the island. Paul and his company depart, and arrive at Rome; where Paul is left with a guard in a house of his own. He calleth the Jews together, and sheweth the occasion of his coming: he preacheth Christ to them, of whom some believe, others believe not: he continueth for two whole years to preach the gospel without interruption.
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.
So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:
And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
And from thence we *fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:
And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though pI have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet qwas I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his xlodging; to whom yhe expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,