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Acts 28 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Paul on the Island of Malta
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:1 - Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:2 - The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:3 - As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:4 - The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:5 - But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:6 - The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:7 - Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us and treated us kindly for three days.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:8 - As it happened, Publius’s father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:9 - Then all the other sick people on the island came and were healed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:10 - As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip.
Paul Arrives at Rome
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:11 - It was three months after the shipwreck that we set sail on another ship that had wintered at the island—an Alexandrian ship with the twin gods[fn] as its figurehead.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:12 - Our first stop was Syracuse,[fn] where we stayed three days.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:13 - From there we sailed across to Rhegium.[fn] A day later a south wind began blowing, so the following day we sailed up the coast to Puteoli.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:14 - There we found some believers,[fn] who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:15 - The brothers and sisters[fn] in Rome had heard we were coming, and they came to meet us at the Forum[fn] on the Appian Way. Others joined us at The Three Taverns.[fn] When Paul saw them, he was encouraged and thanked God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:16 - When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier.
Paul Preaches at Rome under Guard
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:17 - Three days after Paul’s arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. He said to them, “Brothers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Roman government, even though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:18 - The Romans tried me and wanted to release me, because they found no cause for the death sentence.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:19 - But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:20 - I asked you to come here today so we could get acquainted and so I could explain to you that I am bound with this chain because I believe that the hope of Israel—the Messiah—has already come.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:21 - They replied, “We have had no letters from Judea or reports against you from anyone who has come here.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:22 - But we want to hear what you believe, for the only thing we know about this movement is that it is denounced everywhere.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:23 - So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:24 - Some were persuaded by the things he said, but others did not believe.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:25 - And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:26 - ‘Go and say to this people:
When you hear what I say,
you will not understand.
When you see what I do,
you will not comprehend.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:27 - For the hearts of these people are hardened,
and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and let me heal them.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:28 - So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:30 - For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense.[fn] He welcomed all who visited him,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:31 - boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.
NLT Footnotes
The twin gods were the Roman gods Castor and Pollux.
Syracuse was on the island of Sicily.
Rhegium was on the southern tip of Italy.
Greek brothers.
Greek brothers.
The Forum was about 43 miles (70 kilometers) from Rome.
The Three Taverns was about 35 miles (57 kilometers) from Rome.
Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).
Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).
Some manuscripts add verse 29, And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, greatly disagreeing with each other.
Or in his own rented quarters.
BLB Footnotes
Some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The NLT related footnote for 28:28 states:
28:28 Some manuscripts add verse 29, And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, greatly disagreeing with each other.  

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