0 SAB Acts 28



On the island of Malta

1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.

When they got to shore,

they knew the island was called Melita (Malta).

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.

The barbarous natives were kind to us,

kindling a fire to protect us from the rain and cold.

3And 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.

But Paul was bitten by a snake [1]

when he was gathering firewood.

4And 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.

When the barbarians saw the venomous beast hanging from his hand, they said to themselves,

This man is a murderer.

He survived the sea, but now he will die.

5And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

Paul shook the beast off into the fire, and was unhurt.

6Howbeit 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.

Since he didn't die, they changed their minds,

and said 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.

The governor of the island was a man named Publius, who gave us a place to stay for three days.

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.

His father was sick with a fever.

But Paul healed him by praying and laying his hands on him.

9So 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.

Others with diseases came, and Paul healed them too.

From Malta to Rome


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.

After three months, we sailed from Malta to Syracuse.

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:

We stayed three days in Syracuse,

and then sailed to Rhegium and 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.

and finally, Rome.

Paul in Rome

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.

When we arrived in Rome,

Paul was kept alone under a soldier's watch.

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.

After three days, Paul called the Jewish leaders, and said to them,

I've done nothing wrong,

yet I was imprisoned by the Romans in Jerusalem.

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.

They would have let me go,

but the Jews wouldn't let them.

So I appealed to Caesar.

21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judea 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.

The Jewish leaders said to Paul,

We haven't heard anything about that from Judea.

But we'd like to hear from you about this sect,

since everyone speaks against it.

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.

So many came to visit Paul, where he talked all day about God, Jesus, the law of Moses, and the prophets.

24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

Some of them believed him, and some didn't.

25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah 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:

When they couldn't come to an agreement, they started to leave.

But then Paul began to speak, saying,

The Holy Ghost said it well through Isaiah, who said,

They'll hear but they won't understand.

They'll see but they won't 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.

Because their hearts are gross, their ears are dull, and their eyes are closed.

So they won't see with their eyes, hear with their ears, or understand with their hearts.

So they won't be converted and I won't 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.

Therefore, God's salvation is sent to the Gentiles, [2]

and they will hear it.

29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

After he said these things, the Jews left.

30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,

And Paul lived in a rented house for two years,

31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

preaching to everyone and no one could stop him.


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