:B:1 After being saved, we learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The natives were very cordial. They lit a big bonfire and took good care of us all, since it was raining and cold.
3 Paul gathered a bundle of dried twigs and as he threw them into the fire, a viper suddenly came out be cause of the heat and entwined itself around his hand. 4 When the natives saw the viper hanging from his hand, they said to one another: Surely this man is a murderer: he has barely es caped from the raging sea, yet divine justice will not allow him to live. 5 But Paul shook off the viper into the fire and did not suffer any harm. They waited to see him swell and die
7 Near this place was an estate owned by the head of the island, named Publius. For three days this man welcomed us hospitably. 8 It so happened that his father was in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul went to see him
From Malta to Rome
:B:11 After three months, we boarded a ship that had spent the winter at the island. It belonged to an Alexan drian company and carried the figurehead of Castor and Pollux as insignia. 12 We sailed for Syracuse, staying there for three days 13 and, after circling the coast, we arrived at Rhegium. On the following day, a south wind began to blow, and at the end of two days we arrived at Puteoli, 14 where we found some of our brothers who invited us to stay with them for a week. And that was how we came to Rome.
15 There the brothers and sisters had been informed of our arrival and came out to meet us as far as the Appian Forum and the Three Ta verns. When Paul saw them, he gave thanks to God and took cour age. 16 Upon our arrival in Rome, the captain turned the prisoners over to the military governor but permitted Paul to lodge in a private house with the soldier who guarded him.
Paul meets the Jews in Rome
:B:17 After three days, Paul called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered, he said to them: Brothers, though I have not done anything against our people or against the traditions of our fathers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 They exa mined me and wanted to set me free, for they saw nothing in my case that deserved death. 19 But the Jews ob jected, so I was forced to appeal to Caesar without the least intention of bringing any case against my own people. 20 Therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I bear these chains.
21 They answered: We have not received any letter about you from Judea, and none of the brothers who have come from there have brought any message or said anything against you. 22 But we wish to hear from you what you think, although we know already that everywhere people speak against this sect that you belong to.
23 They set a day for him and came in great numbers to his lodging. So Paul explained everything he wanted to tell them regarding the kingdom of God and tried to convince them con cerning Jesus, taking the Law of Moses and the Prophets as his start ing point. This continued from morn ing till night. 24 Some were convinced by his words, others were not. 25 Final ly the Jews left, still arguing strongly among themselves
26Go to this people and say to them: However much you hear, you will not understand
27The heart of this people has grown hard
:B:28 Let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the pagans: they will listen.
30 Paul stayed for two whole years in a house he himself rented, where he received without any hindrance all those who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly and without any hindrance.