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Chapter 28

Acts 28:1 When they had escaped, then they knew that the island was called Malta.

Acts 28:2 Now the barbarians showed us unusual kindness: for they kindled a fire, and made us all welcome, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.

Acts 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and put them on the fire, there came out a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.

Acts 28:4 When the barbarians saw the venomous snake hang on his hand, they said among themselves, no doubt this man is a murderer, who, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice did not permit to live.

Acts 28:5 But he shook off the snake into the fire, and felt no harm.

Acts 28:6 However they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm about to come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

Acts 28:7 In a place around there owned by the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.

Acts 28:8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick by a fever and by infectious disease of the bowels: to who Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.

Acts 28:9 So when this was done, others also, who had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:

Acts 28:10 who also honored us with many honors; and when we left, they gave us such things as were necessary.

Acts 28:11 After three months we left in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose emblem was Castor and Pollux.

Acts 28:12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed there three days.

Acts 28:13 And from there we circled around, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:

Acts 28:14 Where we found brothers, and wanted to stay with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.

Acts 28:15 Then from there, when the brothers heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and The Three Inns: who when Paul saw, he thanked God, and gained courage.

Acts 28:16 So when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

Acts 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they had come together, he said to them, men and brothers, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

Acts 28:18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no reason to sentence me to death.

Acts 28:19 But when the Jews spoke against it, I was forced to appeal to Caesar Nero; not that I had anything to accuse my nation.

Acts 28:20 Therefore for this reason I have called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.

Acts 28:21 And they said to him, we neither received letters out of Judea concerning you, neither any of the brothers that came showed or spoke any evil of you.

Acts 28:22 But we desire to hear from you what your thoughts are concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

Acts 28:23 When they had appointed him a day, many came to him there into his lodging; to whom he explained and testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the Law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning until evening.

Acts 28:24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some did not believe.

Acts 28:25 Now when they disagreed among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, well spoke the Holy Spirit by Isaiah the prophet to our fathers,

Acts 28:26 saying, go to this people, and say, hearing you will hear, and will not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive:

Acts 28:27 for the heart of this people has become callous, and their ears are sluggish of hearing, and their eyes they have shut; unless they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be turning about, and I would be healing them.

Acts 28:28 Therefore be it known to you, that the salvation of God is sent to the nations, and that they will hear it.

Acts 28:29 So when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had many disputes among themselves.

Acts 28:30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all that came to him,

Acts 28:31 preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all boldness, no one stopping him.