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   The Acts of the Apostles.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[1]    AND when we were escaped, then we knew that the island was called Melita. 1
[2]  And the barbarians showed us no common kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the present rain, 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 by 2 reason of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
[4]  And when the barbarians saw the venomous creature hanging from his hand, they said one to another, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped from the sea, yet Justice hath not suffered to live.
[5]  Howbeit he shook off the creature into the fire, and took no harm.
[6]  But they expected that he would have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but when they were long in expectation and beheld nothing amiss come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
[7]    Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius; who received us, and entertained us three days courteously.
[8]  And it was so, that the father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery: unto whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laying his hands on him healed him.
[9]  And when this was done, the rest also that had diseases in the island came, and were cured:
[10]  who also honored us with many honors; and when we sailed, they put on board such things as we needed.
[11]    And after three months we set sail in ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was The 3 Twin Brothers.
[12]  And touching at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
[13]  And from thence we made 4 a circuit, and arrived at Rhegium and after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli;
[14]  where we found brethren, and were entreated to tarry with them seven days: and so we came to Rome.
[15]  And from thence the brethren, when they heard of us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The Three Taverns; whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.
[16]    And when we entered into Rome, Paul 5 was suffered to abide by himself with the soldier that guarded him.
[17]    And it came to pass, that after three days he called together those 6 that were the chief of the Jews: and when they were come together, he said unto them, I, brethren, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, yet was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans:
[18]  who, when they had examined me, desired to set me at liberty, because there was no cause of death in me.
[19]  But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Cæsar; not that I had aught whereof to accuse my nation.
[20]  For this cause therefore did I entreat 7 you to see and to speak with me: for because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
[21]  And they said unto him, We neither received letters from Judæa concerning thee, nor did any of the brethren come hither and report or speak any harm of thee.
[22]  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against.
[23]    And when they had appointed him a day, they came to him into his lodging in great number; to whom he expounded the matter, testifying the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning till evening.
[24]  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
[25]  And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Spirit through Isaiah the prophet unto your fathers,
[26]  saying,
  Go thou unto this people, and say,
  By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand;
  And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive:
[27]  For this people’s heart is waxed gross,
  And their ears are dull of hearing,
  And their eyes they have closed;
  Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes,
  And hear with their ears,
  And understand with their heart,
  And should turn again,
  And I should heal them.
[28]  Be it known therefore unto you, that this salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles: they will also hear. 8
[29]    And he abode two whole years in his own hired dwelling, and received all that went in unto him,
[30]  preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, none forbidding him.
Note 1. Some ancient authorities read Melitene. [back]
Note 2. Or, from the heat. [back]
Note 3. Gr. Dioscuri. [back]
Note 4. Some ancient authorities read cast loose. [back]
Note 5. Some ancient authorities insert the centurion delivered the prisoners to the Chief of the camp: but &c. [back]
Note 6. Or, those that were of the Jews first. [back]
Note 7. Or, call for you, to see and to speak with you. [back]
Note 8. Some ancient authorities insert ver. 29, And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, having much disputing among themselves. [back]


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