NASB — Acts 28 — KJV

Safe at Malta

1 When athey had been brought safely through, bthen we found out that cthe island was called IMalta. 2 aThe Inatives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and breceived us all. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out Ibecause of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 4 When athe Inatives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they [began] saying to one another, “bUndoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, IIjustice has not allowed him to live.” 5 However ahe shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and a[began] to say that he was a god.

[1] IOr Melita a[they] Ac 16:10; 27:1 bAc 27:39 cAc 27:26
[2] ILit barbarians aAc 28:4; Ro 1:14; 1Co 14:11; Col 3:11 bRo 14:1
[3] IOr from the heat
[4] ILit barbarians IIOr Justice, i.e. the personification of a goddess aAc 28:2 bLk 13:2, 4
[5] aMk 16:18
[6] aAc 14:11

7 ¶ Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us courteously three days. 8 And it happened that the father of Publius was lying [in bed] afflicted with [recurrent] fever and dysentery; and Paul went in [to see] him and after he had aprayed, he blaid his hands on him and healed him. 9 After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured. 10 They also honored us with many Imarks of respect; and when we were setting sail, they IIsupplied [us] with IIIall we needed.

[8] aAc 9:40; Jm 5:14f bMt 9:18; Mk 5:23; 6:5
[10] ILit honors IIOr put on board IIILit the things pertaining to the needs

Paul Arrives at Rome

11 ¶ At the end of three months we set sail on aan Alexandrian ship which had wintered at the island, and which had Ithe Twin Brothers for its figurehead. 12 After we put in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13 From there we sailed around and arrived at Rhegium, and a day later a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14 IThere we found [some] abrethren, and were invited to stay with them for seven days; and thus we came to Rome. 15 And the abrethren, when they heard about us, came from there as far as the IMarket of Appius and IIThree Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.

[11] IGr Dioscuri; i.e. Castor and Pollux, twin sons of Zeus aAc 27:6
[14] ILit Where aJn 21:23; Ac 1:15; 6:3; 9:30; 28:15; Ro 1:13;
[15] ILat Appii Forum, a station about 43 miles from Rome IILat Tres Tabernae, a station about 33 miles from Rome aAc 1:15; 10:23; 11:1, 12, 29; 12:17

16 ¶ When we entered Rome, Paul was aallowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

[16] aAc 24:23

17 ¶ After three days IPaul called together those who were athe leading men of the Jews, and when they came together, he [began] saying to them, “bBrethren, cthough I had done nothing against our people or dthe customs of our IIfathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 And when they had aexamined me, they bwere willing to release me because there was cno ground Ifor putting me to death. 19 But when the Jews Iobjected, I was forced to aappeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation against my nation. 20 For this reason, therefore, I Irequested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing athis chain for bthe sake of the hope of Israel.” 21 They said to him, “We have neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of athe brethren come here and reported or spoken anything bad about you. 22 But we desire to hear from you what Iyour views are; for concerning this asect, it is known to us that bit is spoken against everywhere.”

[17] ILit he IIOr forefathers aAc 13:50; 25:2 bAc 22:5 cAc 25:8 dAc 6:14
[18] ILit of death in me aAc 22:24 bAc 26:32 cAc 23:29; 25:25; 26:31
[19] ILit spoke against aAc 25:11, 21, 25; 26:32
[20] IOr invited you to see me and speak with me aAc 21:33 bAc 26:6f
[21] aAc 3:17; 22:5; 28:14; Ro 9:3
[22] ILit you think aAc 24:14 b1P 2:12; 3:16; 4:14, 16

23 ¶ When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at ahis lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly btestifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, cfrom both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. 24 aSome were being persuaded by the things spoken, but others would not believe. 25 And when they did not agree with one another, they [began] leaving after Paul had spoken one [parting] word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, 26 saying,
  ‘aGO TO THIS PEOPLE AND SAY,
  “IbYOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, IIBUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
  AND IIIYOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
  27 aFOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
  AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
  AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES;
  OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
  AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
  AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
  AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.”’
28 Therefore let it be known to you that athis salvation of God has been sent bto the Gentiles; they will also listen.” 29 [[IWhen he had spoken these words, the Jews departed, having a great dispute among themselves.]]

[23] aPhm 22 bLk 16:28; Ac 1:3; 23:11 cAc 8:35
[24] aAc 14:4
[26] ILit with a hearing IILit and IIILit seeing you will see aIs 6:9 bMt 13:14f
[27] aIs 6:10
[28] aPs 98:3; Lk 2:30; Ac 13:26 bAc 9:15; 13:46
[29] IEarly mss do not contain this v

30 ¶ And he stayed two full years Iin his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, 31 Iapreaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ bwith all openness, unhindered.

[30] IOr at his own expense
[31] IOr proclaiming aMt 4:23; Ac 20:25; 28:23 b2Ti 2:9


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Paul after his shipwreck is kindly entertained of the barbarians.

1 ¶ And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. 2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. 3 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. 4 And when the barbarians saw the [venomous] beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

[1] Ac 27:26, 44.
[2] Lv 19:18, 34; Ezr 10:9; Pv 24:11; Mt 10:42; Lk 10:30; Jn 18:18; Ac 27:3; 28:4; Ro 1:14; 2:14, 27; 1Co 14:11; 2Co 11:27; Col 3:11; He 13:2.
[3] Jb 20:16; Is 30:6; 41:24; 59:5; Am 5:19; Mt 3:7; 12:34; 23:33; Ac 28:4; 2Co 6:9; 11:23.
[4] Gn 3:1; 4:8; 9:5; 42:21; Nu 35:31; Pv 28:17; Is 13:21; 26:21; 43:20; Zp 2:15; Mt 23:35; 27:25; Lk 13:2, 4; Jn 7:24; 9:1; Ac 28:2, 5; Rv 21:8.

The viper on his hand hurteth him not.

5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. 6 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 he was a god. 7 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.

[5] Nu 21:6; Ps 91:13; Mk 16:18; Lk 10:19; Jn 3:14; Ro 16:20; Rv 9:3.
[6] Mt 21:9; 27:22; Ac 12:22; 14:11.
[7] Mt 10:40; Lk 19:6; Ac 13:7; 18:12; 23:24; 28:2.

He healeth many diseases in the island.

8 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, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. 9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: 10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded [us] with such things as were necessary.

[8] 1K 17:20; Mt 9:18; 10:1, 8; Mk 1:30; 6:5; 7:32; 16:18; Lk 4:40; 9:1; 10:8; 13:13; Ac 9:17, 40; 19:11; 1Co 12:9, 28; Jm 5:14.
[9] Mt 4:24; Mk 6:54; Ac 5:12, 15.
[10] 2K 8:9; Ezr 7:27; Mt 6:31; 10:8; 15:5; 2Co 8:2; 9:5; Php 4:11, 19; 1Th 2:6; 1Ti 5:3, 17.

They depart towards Rome.

11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried [there] three days. 13 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: 14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. 16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

[11] Is 45:20; Jna 1:5, 16; Ac 6:9; 27:6; 1Co 8:4.
[12] Ac 28:12.
[13] Ac 27:13.
[14] Gn 7:4; 8:10; Ps 119:63; Mt 10:11; Ac 9:42; 19:1; 20:6; 21:4, 7.
[15] Ex 4:14; Jsh 1:6, 9; 1S 30:6; Ps 27:14; Jn 12:13; Ac 10:25; 21:5; Ro 15:24; 1Co 12:21; 2Co 2:14; 7:5; Ga 4:14; 1Th 3:7; He 13:3; 3Jn 1:6.
[16] Gn 37:36; 39:21; 2K 25:8; Jr 40:2; Ac 2:10; 18:2; 19:21; 23:11; 24:23; 27:3, 31, 43; 28:30; Ro 1:7; 15:22; Rv 17:9, 18.

He declareth to the Jews the cause of his coming.

17 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 I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let [me] go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19 But when the Jews spake against [it], I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see [you], and to speak with [you]: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. 21 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. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into [his] lodging; to whom he 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.

[17] Gn 40:15; Ac 21:33; 23:1, 33; 24:10; 25:8, 10.
[18] Ac 22:24, 30; 24:10, 22; 25:7; 26:31.
[19] Ac 25:10, 21, 25; 26:32; Ro 12:19; 1P 2:22.
[20] Ac 10:29, 33; 23:6; 24:15; 26:6, 29; 28:16, 17; Ep 3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Php 1:13; Col 4:18; 2Ti 1:10; 2:9; Phm 1:10, 13.
[21] Ex 11:7; Is 41:11; 50:8; 54:17.
[22] Lk 2:34; Ac 5:17; 15:5; 16:20; 17:6; 24:5, 14; 26:5; 1Co 11:19; 1P 2:12; 3:16; 4:14.
[23] Lk 24:26, 44; Jn 4:34; Ac 17:2; 18:4, 28; 19:8; 20:9; 26:6, 22; Phm 1:2.

After his preaching some were persuaded, and some believed not.

24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 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. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and [that] they will hear it. 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

[24] Ac 13:48; 14:4; 17:4; 18:6; 19:8; Ro 3:3; 11:4.
[25] Mt 15:7; Mk 7:6; Ac 28:29; 2P 1:21.
[26] Dt 29:4; Ps 81:11; Is 6:9; 29:10, 14; 42:19; 66:4; Jr 5:21; Ezk 3:6; 12:2; Mt 13:14; Mk 4:12; 8:17; Lk 8:10; 24:25, 45; Jn 12:38; Ro 11:8; 2Co 4:4.
[28] Ps 98:2; Is 49:6; 52:10; Lm 3:26; Ezk 36:32; Mt 21:41; Lk 2:30; 3:6; Ac 2:14; 4:10; 11:18; 13:38, 46; 14:27; 15:14, 17; 18:6; 22:21; 26:17; Ro 3:29; 4:11; 11:11; 15:8.
[29] Mt 10:34; Lk 12:51; Jn 7:40; Ac 28:25.

Yet he preacheth there two years.

30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

[30] Ac 28:16; Tit 1:5.
[31] Mt 4:23; Mk 1:14; Lk 8:1; Ac 4:29, 31; 5:42; 8:12; 20:25; 23:11; 28:23; Ep 6:19; Php 1:14; Col 4:3; 2Ti 4:17.


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