Acts Chapter 28
1 And when they were escapedthen they knew that the island wascalled Melita.
2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindnessforthey kindled a fireand received us every onebecause of thepresent rainand because of the cold.
3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticksand laid themon the firethere came a viper out of the heatand fastenedon his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on hishandthey said among themselvesNo doubt this man is amurdererwhomthough he hath escaped the seayet vengeancesuffereth not to live.
5 And he shook off the beast into the fireand felt no harm.
6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollenor fallendown dead suddenlybut after they had looked a great while and saw no harm come to himthey changed their mindsandsaid that he was a god.
7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of theislandwhose name was Publiuswho received usand lodged usthree days courteously.
8 And it came to passthat the father of Publius lay sick of afever and of a bloody fluxto whom Paul entered inandprayedand laid his hands on himand healed him.
9 So when this was doneothers alsowhich had diseases in theislandcameand were healed
10 Who also honoured us with many honoursand when we departedthey laded us with such things as were necessary.
11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the islewhose sign was Castor andPollux.
12 And landing at Syracusewe tarried there three days.
13 And from thence we fetched a compassand came to Rhegiumandafter one day the south wind blewand we came the next day toPuteoli
14 Where we found brethrenand were desired to tarry with themseven daysand so we went toward Rome.
15 And from thencewhen the brethren heard of usthey came tomeet us as far as Appii forumand The three tavernswhomwhen Paul sawhe thanked Godand took courage.
16 And when we came to Romethe centurion delivered theprisoners to the captain of the guardbut Paul was sufferedto dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
17 And it came to passthat after three days Paul called thechief of the Jews togetherand when they were come together he said unto themMen and brethrenthough I have committednothing against the peopleor customs of our fathersyet wasI delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of theRomans.
18 Whowhen they had examined mewould have let me gobecausethere was no cause of death in me.
19 But when the Jews spake against itI was constrained toappeal unto Caesarnot that I had ought to accuse my nationof.
20 For this cause therefore have I called for youto see youand to speak with youbecause that for the hope of Israel Iam bound with this chain.
21 And they said unto himWe neither received letters out ofJudaea concerning theeneither any of the brethren that cameshewed or spake any harm of thee.
22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkestfor asconcerning this sectwe know that every where it is spokenagainst.
23 And when they had appointed him a daythere came many to himinto his lodgingto whom he expounded and testified thekingdom of Godpersuading them concerning Jesusboth out ofthe law of Mosesand out of the prophetsfrom morning tillevening.
24 And some believed the things which were spokenand somebelieved not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselvesthey departedafter that Paul had spoken one wordWell spake the Holy Ghostby Esaias the prophet unto our fathers
26 SayingGo unto this peopleand sayHearing ye shall hearand shall not understandand seeing ye shall seeand notperceive
27 For the heart of this people is waxed grossand their earsare dull of hearingand their eyes have they closedlestthey should see with their eyesand hear with their earsandunderstand with their heartand should be convertedand Ishould heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto youthat the salvation of God issent unto the Gentilesand that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these wordsthe Jews departedand hadgreat reasoning among themselves.
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired houseandreceived all that came in unto him
31 Preaching the kingdom of Godand teaching those things whichconcern the Lord Jesus Christwith all confidenceno manforbidding him.