King James VersionActs28


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.