Acts 28

Paul on Malta

1 Now when they had escaped, they then found out that a the island was called Malta. 2 And the b natives 1 showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. 3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live." 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and c suffered no harm. 6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and d said that he was a god.

7 In that region there was an estate of the 2 leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. 8 And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and e prayed, and f he laid his hands on him and healed him. 9 So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. 10 They also honored us in many g ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were h necessary.

Paul Arrives at Rome

11 After three months we sailed in i an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the 3 Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 13 From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli, 14 where we found j brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. 15 And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. 16 Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but k Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

Paul in Rome

17 And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them: "Men and brethren, l though I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet m I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, 18 "who, n when they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there was no cause for putting me to death. 19 "But when the 4 Jews spoke against it, o I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation. 20 "For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because p for the hope of Israel I am bound with q this chain." 21 Then they said to him, "We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. 22 "But we desire to hear from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that r it is spoken against everywhere."

23 So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, s to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus t from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And u some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. 25 So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: "The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to 5 our fathers,

26 "saying,
v 'Go to this people and say:
"Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;
And seeing you will see, and not perceive;
27 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them." ' 6

28 "Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent w to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!" 29 7 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves.

30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31 x preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 27:26
    "However, we must run aground on a certain island."
  2. Cross References
    Acts 28:4
    So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.
    Romans 1:14
    I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.
    1 Corinthians 14:11
    Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.
    Colossians 3:11
    Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
  3. Cross References
    Mark 16:18
    "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
    Luke 10:19
    Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 12:22
    And the people kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!
    Acts 14:11
    Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!
  5. Cross References
    Acts 9:40
    But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
    James 5:14
    Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
    James 5:15
    And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 9:18
    While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ...
    Mark 5:23
    And begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little da...
    Mark 6:5
    Now He could do no mighty work there, except th...
    Mark 7:32
    Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and h...
    Mark 16:18
    "they will take up serpents; and if they drink ...
    Luke 4:40
    When the sun was setting, all those who had any...
    Acts 19:11
    Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of...
    Acts 19:12
    So that even handkerchiefs or aprons were broug...
    1 Corinthians 12:9
    To another faith by the same Spirit, to another...
    1 Corinthians 12:28
    And God has appointed these in the church: firs...
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 15:6
    Then he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
    1 Timothy 5:17
    Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
  8. Cross References
    Philippians 4:19
    And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 27:6
    There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board.
  10. Cross References
    Romans 1:8
    First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
  11. Cross References
    Acts 23:11
    But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.
    Acts 24:25
    Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.
    Acts 27:3
    And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 23:29
    I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains.
    Acts 24:12
    And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.
    Acts 24:13
    Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
    Acts 26:31
    And when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, "This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 21:33
    Then the commander came near and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and he asked who he was and what he had done.
  14. Cross References
    Acts 22:24
    The commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined under scourging, so that he might know why they shouted so against him.
    Acts 24:10
    Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself.
    Acts 25:8
    While he answered for himself, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.
    Acts 26:32
    Then Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.
  15. Cross References
    Acts 25:11
    "For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar."
    Acts 25:21
    "But when Paul appealed to be reserved for the decision of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I could send him to Caesar."
    Acts 25:25
    But when I found that he had committed nothing deserving of death, and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him.
  16. Cross References
    Acts 26:6
    And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.
    Acts 26:7
    To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.
  17. Cross References
    Acts 26:29
    And Paul said, "I would to God that not only yo...
    Ephesians 3:1
    For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ...
    Ephesians 4:1
    I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech...
    Ephesians 6:20
    For which I am an ambassador in chains; that in...
    2 Timothy 1:8
    Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of...
    2 Timothy 1:16
    The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesip...
  18. Cross References
    Luke 2:34
    Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His ...
    Acts 24:5
    For we have found this man a plague, a creator ...
    Acts 24:14
    But this I confess to you, that according to th...
    1 Peter 2:12
    Having your conduct honorable among the Gentile...
    1 Peter 3:16
    Having a good conscience, that when they defame...
    1 Peter 4:14
    If you are reproached for the name of Christ, b...
    1 Peter 4:16
    Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him n...
  19. Cross References
    Luke 24:27
    And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
    Acts 17:3
    Explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.
    Acts 19:8
    And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
  20. Cross References
    Acts 26:6
    And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.
    Acts 26:22
    Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come -
  21. Cross References
    Acts 14:4
    But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
    Acts 19:9
    But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 6:9
    And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep o...
    Isaiah 6:10
    "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ...
    Jeremiah 5:21
    Hear this now, O foolish people, Without unders...
    Ezekiel 12:2
    Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebelli...
    Matthew 13:14
    And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled...
    Matthew 13:15
    For the hearts of this people have grown dull. ...
    Mark 4:12
    "so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive,...
    Luke 8:10
    And He said, "To you it has been given to know ...
    John 12:40
    "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their h...
    John 12:41
    These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory ...
    Romans 11:8
    Just as it is written: "God has given them a sp...
  23. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:1
    Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One ...
    Isaiah 42:6
    I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, ...
    Isaiah 49:6
    Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that Y...
    Matthew 21:41
    They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked...
    Luke 2:32
    A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, An...
    Romans 11:11
    I say then, have they stumbled that they should...
  24. Cross References
    Acts 4:31
    And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
    Ephesians 6:19
    And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
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