1 Et cum evasissemus, tunc cognovimus quia Melita in sula vocatur.
2 Barbari vero praestabant non modicam humanitatem nobis; accensa enim pyra, suscipiebant nos omnes propter imbrem, qui imminebat, et frigus.
3 Cum congregasset autem Paulus sarmentorum aliquantam multitudinem et imposuisset super ignem, vipera, a calore cum processisset, invasit manum eius.
4 Ut vero viderunt barbari pendentem bestiam de manu eius, ad invicem dicebant: "Utique homicida est homo hic, qui cum evaserit de mari, Ultio non permisit vivere".
5 Et ille quidem excutiens bestiam in ignem, nihil mali passus est;
6 at illi exspectabant eum in tumorem convertendum aut subito casurum et mori. Diu autem illis exspectantibus et videntibus nihil mali in eo fieri, convertentes se dicebant eum esse deum.
7 In locis autem illis erant praedia principis insulae nomine Publii, qui nos suscipiens triduo benigne hospitio recepit.
8 Contigit autem patrem Publii febribus et dysenteria vexatum iacere, ad quem Paulus intravit et, cum orasset et imposuisset ei manus, sanavit eum.
9 Quo facto, et ceteri, qui in insula habebant infirmitates, accedebant et curabantur;
10 qui etiam multis honoribus nos honoraverunt et navigantibus imposuerunt, quae necessaria erant.
11 Post menses autem tres, navigavimus in navi Alexandrina, quae in insula hiemaverat, cui erat insigne Castorum.
12 Et cum venissemus Syracusam, mansimus ibi triduo;
13 inde solventes devenimus Rhegium. Et post unum diem, superveniente austro, secunda die venimus Puteolos,
14 ubi, inventis fratribus, rogati sumus manere apud eos dies septem; et sic venimus Romam.
15 Et inde cum audissent de nobis fratres, occurrerunt nobis usque ad Appii Forum et Tres Tabernas; quos cum vidisset Paulus, gratias agens Deo, accepit fiduciam.
16 Cum introissemus autem Romam, permissum est Paulo manere sibimet cum custodiente se milite.
17 Factum est autem, ut post tertium diem convocaret primos Iudaeorum; cumque convenissent dicebat eis: "Ego, viri fratres, nihil adversus plebem faciens aut mores paternos, vinctus ab Hierosolymis traditus sum in manus Romanorum,
18 qui cum interrogationem de me habuissent, volebant dimittere, eo quod nulla causa esset mortis in me;
19 contradicentibus autem Iudaeis, coactus sum appellare Caesarem, non quasi gentem meam habens aliquid accusare.
20 Propter hanc igitur causam rogavi vos videre et alloqui; propter spem enim Israel catena hac circumdatus sum".
21 At illi dixerunt ad eum: "Nos neque litteras accepimus de te a Iudaea, neque adveniens aliquis fratrum nuntiavit aut locutus est quid de te malum.
22 Rogamus autem a te audire quae sentis; nam de secta hac notum est nobis quia ubique ei contradicitur".
23 Cum constituissent autem illi diem, venerunt ad eum in hospitium plures, quibus exponebat testificans regnum Dei suadensque eos de Iesu ex Lege Moysis et Prophetis a mane usque ad vesperam.
24 Et quidam credebant his, quae dicebantur, quidam vero non credebant;
25 cumque invicem non essent consentientes, discedebant, dicente Paulo unum verbum: "Bene Spiritus Sanctus locutus est per Isaiam prophetam ad patres vestros
26 dicens: "Vade ad populum istum et dic: Auditu audietis et non intellegetis, et videntes videbitis et non perspicietis.
27 Incrassatum est enim cor populi huius, et auribus graviter audierunt et oculos suos compresserunt, ne forte videant oculis et auribus audiant et corde intellegant et convertantur, et sanabo illos".
28 Notum ergo sit vobis quoniam gentibus missum est hoc salutare Dei; ipsi et audient!".
30 Mansit autem biennio toto in suo conducto; et suscipiebat omnes, qui ingrediebantur ad eum,
31 praedicans regnum Dei et docens quae sunt de Domino Iesu Christo cum omni fiducia sine prohibitione.
King James Version
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.