Acts 28

Paul on Malta

28:1 After we had safely reached shore,1 we learned that the island was called Malta.2 28:2 The local inhabitants3 showed us extraordinary4 kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain5 and was cold. 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood6 and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 28:4 When the local people7 saw the creature hanging from Paul’s8 hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself9 has not allowed him to live!”10 28:5 However,11 Paul12 shook13 the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up14 or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited15 a long time and had seen16 nothing unusual happen17 to him, they changed their minds18 and said he was a god.19

28:7 Now in the region around that place20 were fields belonging to the chief official21 of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father22 of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him23 and after praying, placed24 his hands on him and healed25 him. 28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick26 also came and were healed.27 28:10 They also bestowed many honors,28 and when we were preparing to sail,29 they gave30 us all the supplies we needed.31

Paul Finally Reaches Rome

28:11 After three months we put out to sea32 in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins”33 as its figurehead.34 28:12 We put in35 at Syracuse36 and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off37 and arrived at Rhegium,38 and after one day a south wind sprang up39 and on the second day we came to Puteoli.40 28:14 There41 we found42 some brothers43 and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome.44 28:15 The brothers from there,45 when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius46 and Three Taverns47 to meet us. When he saw them,48 Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live49 by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome

28:17 After three days50 Paul51 called the local Jewish leaders52 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers,53 although I had done54 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors,55 from Jerusalem56 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans.57 28:18 When58 they had heard my case,59 they wanted to release me,60 because there was no basis for a death sentence61 against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected,62 I was forced to appeal to Caesar63 – not that I had some charge to bring64 against my own people.65 28:20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.”66 28:21 They replied,67 “We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there68 and reported or said anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know69 that people70 everywhere speak against71 it.”

28:23 They set72 a day to meet with him,73 and they came to him where he was staying74 in even greater numbers.75 From morning until evening he explained things76 to them,77 testifying78 about the kingdom of God79 and trying to convince80 them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced81 by what he said,82 but others refused83 to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave,84 unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors85 through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,

Go to this people and say,

You will keep on hearing,86 but will never understand,

and you will keep on looking,87 but will never perceive.

28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull,88

and their ears are hard of hearing,89

and they have closed their eyes,

so that they would not see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart

and turn,90 and I would heal them.”’91

28:28 “Therefore be advised92 that this salvation from God93 has been sent to the Gentiles;94 they95 will listen!”96

28:30 Paul97 lived98 there two whole years in his own rented quarters99 and welcomed100 all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ101 with complete boldness102 and without restriction.103