Acts 28 ©

1 Paul and his company after their shipwreck are kindly entertained by the barbarians of Melita: 3 a viper fastening on his hand without hurting him, the people, who at first thought ill of him, believe him a god: 7 he healeth the father of Publius, and other sick persons in the island. 11 Paul and his company depart, and arrive at Rome; where Paul is left with a guard in a house of his own. 17 He calleth the Jews together, and sheweth the occasion of his coming: 23 he preacheth Christ to them, of whom some believe, others believe not: 30 he continueth for two whole years to preach the gospel without interruption.


AND when they were escaped, then they knew that the aisland was called Melita.


And the b*barbarous people cshewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.


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.


And when the *barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, dNo doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.


eAnd he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.


Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that fhe was a god.


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.


And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a *bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, gand prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.


So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:


hWho also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they *laded us with such things as were necessary.


And after three months we departed in a ship of iAlexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.


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:


Where we found jbrethren, and were desired to tarry with them kseven days: and so we went toward Rome.


And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, lthey came to meet us as far as Appii *forum, and The three taverns: mwhom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and ntook courage.


And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: obut Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.


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.


rWho, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.


But when the Jews spake against it, sI was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.


For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you : because that tfor the hope of Israel I am bound with uthis chain.


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.


But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for vas concerning this sect, we know that every where wit is spoken against.


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.


zAnd some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.


And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, aWell spake the Holy *Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,


Saying, bGo unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:


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.


Be it known therefore unto you, that cthe salvation of God is sent dunto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.


And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and ehad great reasoning among themselves.


And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,


fPreaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all gconfidence, no man forbidding him.