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Acts 21 1 After saying farewell to the Ephesian elders, we sailed straight to the island of Cos. The next day we reached Rhodes and then went to Patara.
Acts 21 2 There we boarded a ship sailing for the Syrian province of Phoenicia.
Acts 21 3 We sighted the island of Cyprus, passed it on our left, and landed at the harbor of Tyre, in Syria, where the ship was to unload.
Acts 21 4 We went ashore, found the local believers, and stayed with them a week. These disciples prophesied through the Holy Spirit that Paul should not go on to Jerusalem.
Acts 21 5 When we returned to the ship at the end of the week, the entire congregation, including wives and children, came down to the shore with us. There we knelt, prayed,
Acts 21 6 and said our farewells. Then we went aboard, and they returned home.
Acts 21 7 The next stop after leaving Tyre was Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters but stayed only one day.
Acts 21 8 Then we went on to Caesarea and stayed at the home of Philip the Evangelist, one of the seven men who had been chosen to distribute food.
Acts 21 9 He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.
Acts 21 10 During our stay of several days, a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea.
Acts 21 11 When he visited us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, "The Holy Spirit declares, 'So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Romans.'"
Acts 21 12 When we heard this, we who were traveling with him, as well as the local believers, begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
Acts 21 13 But he said, "Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! For I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but also to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus."
Acts 21 14 When it was clear that we couldn't persuade him, we gave up and said, "The will of the Lord be done."
Acts 21 15 Shortly afterward we packed our things and left for Jerusalem.
Acts 21 16 Some believers from Caesarea accompanied us, and they took us to the home of Mnason, a man originally from Cyprus and one of the early disciples.
Acts 21 17 All the brothers and sisters in Jerusalem welcomed us cordially.
Acts 21 18 The next day Paul went in with us to meet with James, and all the elders of the Jerusalem church were present.
Acts 21 19 After greetings were exchanged, Paul gave a detailed account of the things God had accomplished among the Gentiles through his ministry.
Acts 21 20 After hearing this, they praised God. But then they said, "You know, dear brother, how many thousands of Jews have also believed, and they all take the law of Moses very seriously.
Acts 21 21 Our Jewish Christians here at Jerusalem have been told that you are teaching all the Jews living in the Gentile world to turn their backs on the laws of Moses. They say that you teach people not to circumcise their children or follow other Jewish customs.
Acts 21 22 Now what can be done? For they will certainly hear that you have come.
Acts 21 23 "Here's our suggestion. We have four men here who have taken a vow and are preparing to shave their heads.
Acts 21 24 Go with them to the Temple and join them in the purification ceremony, and pay for them to have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that the rumors are all false and that you yourself observe the Jewish laws.
Acts 21 25 "As for the Gentile Christians, all we ask of them is what we already told them in a letter: They should not eat food offered to idols, nor consume blood, nor eat meat from strangled animals, and they should stay away from all sexual immorality."
Acts 21 26 So Paul agreed to their request, and the next day he went through the purification ritual with the men and went to the Temple. Then he publicly announced the date when their vows would end and sacrifices would be offered for each of them.
Acts 21 27 The seven days were almost ended when some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the Temple and roused a mob against him. They grabbed him,
Acts 21 28 yelling, "Men of Israel! Help! This is the man who teaches against our people and tells everybody to disobey the Jewish laws. He speaks against the Temple--and he even defiles it by bringing Gentiles in!"
Acts 21 29 (For earlier that day they had seen him in the city with Trophimus, a Gentile from Ephesus, and they assumed Paul had taken him into the Temple.)
Acts 21 30 The whole population of the city was rocked by these accusations, and a great riot followed. Paul was dragged out of the Temple, and immediately the gates were closed behind him.
Acts 21 31 As they were trying to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
Acts 21 32 He immediately called out his soldiers and officers and ran down among the crowd. When the mob saw the commander and the troops coming, they stopped beating Paul.
Acts 21 33 The commander arrested him and ordered him bound with two chains. Then he asked the crowd who he was and what he had done.
Acts 21 34 Some shouted one thing and some another. He couldn't find out the truth in all the uproar and confusion, so he ordered Paul to be taken to the fortress.
Acts 21 35 As they reached the stairs, the mob grew so violent the soldiers had to lift Paul to their shoulders to protect him.
Acts 21 36 And the crowd followed behind shouting, "Kill him, kill him!"
Acts 21 37 As Paul was about to be taken inside, he said to the commander, "May I have a word with you?Do you know Greek?" the commander asked, surprised.
Acts 21 38 "Aren't you the Egyptian who led a rebellion some time ago and took four thousand members of the Assassins out into the desert?"
Acts 21 39 "No," Paul replied, "I am a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, which is an important city. Please, let me talk to these people."
Acts 21 40 The commander agreed, so Paul stood on the stairs and motioned to the people to be quiet. Soon a deep silence enveloped the crowd, and he addressed them in their own language, Aramaic.
Acts 22 1 "Brothers and esteemed fathers," Paul said, "listen to me as I offer my defense."
Acts 22 2 When they heard him speaking in their own language, the silence was even greater.
Acts 22 3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, and I was brought up and educated here in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. At his feet I learned to follow our Jewish laws and customs very carefully. I became very zealous to honor God in everything I did, just as all of you are today.
Acts 22 4 And I persecuted the followers of the Way, hounding some to death, binding and delivering both men and women to prison.
Acts 22 5 The high priest and the whole council of leaders can testify that this is so. For I received letters from them to our Jewish brothers in Damascus, authorizing me to bring the Christians from there to Jerusalem, in chains, to be punished.
Acts 22 6 "As I was on the road, nearing Damascus, about noon a very bright light from heaven suddenly shone around me.
Acts 22 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'
Acts 22 8 "'Who are you, sir?' I asked. And he replied, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.'
Acts 22 9 The people with me saw the light but didn't hear the voice.
Acts 22 10 "I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord told me, 'Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that you are to do.'
Acts 22 11 "I was blinded by the intense light and had to be led into Damascus by my companions.
Acts 22 12 A man named Ananias lived there. He was a godly man in his devotion to the law, and he was well thought of by all the Jews of Damascus.
Acts 22 13 He came to me and stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And that very hour I could see him!
Acts 22 14 "Then he told me, 'The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak.
Acts 22 15 You are to take his message everywhere, telling the whole world what you have seen and heard.
Acts 22 16 And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on the name of the Lord.'
Acts 22 17 "One day after I returned to Jerusalem, I was praying in the Temple, and I fell into a trance.
Acts 22 18 I saw a vision of Jesus saying to me, 'Hurry! Leave Jerusalem, for the people here won't believe you when you give them your testimony about me.'
Acts 22 19 "'But Lord,' I argued, 'they certainly know that I imprisoned and beat those in every synagogue who believed on you.
Acts 22 20 And when your witness Stephen was killed, I was standing there agreeing. I kept the coats they laid aside as they stoned him.'
Acts 22 21 "But the Lord said to me, 'Leave Jerusalem, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles!'"
Acts 22 22 The crowd listened until Paul came to that word; then with one voice they shouted, "Away with such a fellow! Kill him! He isn't fit to live!"
Acts 22 23 They yelled, threw off their coats, and tossed handfuls of dust into the air.
Acts 22 24 The commander brought Paul inside and ordered him lashed with whips to make him confess his crime. He wanted to find out why the crowd had become so furious.
Acts 22 25 As they tied Paul down to lash him, Paul said to the officer standing there, "Is it legal for you to whip a Roman citizen who hasn't even been tried?"
Acts 22 26 The officer went to the commander and asked, "What are you doing? This man is a Roman citizen!"
Acts 22 27 So the commander went over and asked Paul, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?Yes, I certainly am," Paul replied.
Acts 22 28 "I am, too," the commander muttered, "and it cost me plenty!But I am a citizen by birth!"
Acts 22 29 The soldiers who were about to interrogate Paul quickly withdrew when they heard he was a Roman citizen, and the commander was frightened because he had ordered him bound and whipped.
Acts 22 30 The next day the commander freed Paul from his chains and ordered the leading priests into session with the Jewish high council. He had Paul brought in before them to try to find out what the trouble was all about.
Acts 23 1 Gazing intently at the high council, Paul began: "Brothers, I have always lived before God in all good conscience!"
Acts 23 2 Instantly Ananias the high priest commanded those close to Paul to slap him on the mouth.
Acts 23 3 But Paul said to him, "God will slap you, you whitewashed wall! What kind of judge are you to break the law yourself by ordering me struck like that?"
Acts 23 4 Those standing near Paul said to him, "Is that the way to talk to God's high priest?"
Acts 23 5 "I'm sorry, brothers. I didn't realize he was the high priest," Paul replied, "for the Scriptures say, 'Do not speak evil of anyone who rules over you.'"
Acts 23 6 Paul realized that some members of the high council were Sadducees and some were Pharisees, so he shouted, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, as were all my ancestors! And I am on trial because my hope is in the resurrection of the dead!"
Acts 23 7 This divided the council--the Pharisees against the Sadducees--
Acts 23 8 for the Sadducees say there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, but the Pharisees believe in all of these.
Acts 23 9 So a great clamor arose. Some of the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees jumped up to argue that Paul was all right. "We see nothing wrong with him," they shouted. "Perhaps a spirit or an angel spoke to him."
Acts 23 10 The shouting grew louder and louder, and the men were tugging at Paul from both sides, pulling him this way and that. Finally, the commander, fearing they would tear him apart, ordered his soldiers to take him away from them and bring him back to the fortress.
Acts 23 11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, "Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have told the people about me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome."
Acts 23 12 The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath to neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.
Acts 23 13 There were more than forty of them.
Acts 23 14 They went to the leading priests and other leaders and told them what they had done. "We have bound ourselves under oath to neither eat nor drink until we have killed Paul.
Acts 23 15 You and the high council should tell the commander to bring Paul back to the council again," they requested. "Pretend you want to examine his case more fully. We will kill him on the way."
Acts 23 16 But Paul's nephew heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul.
Acts 23 17 Paul called one of the officers and said, "Take this young man to the commander. He has something important to tell him."
Acts 23 18 So the officer did, explaining, "Paul, the prisoner, called me over and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you."
Acts 23 19 The commander took him by the arm, led him aside, and asked, "What is it you want to tell me?"
Acts 23 20 Paul's nephew told him, "Some Jews are going to ask you to bring Paul before the Jewish high council tomorrow, pretending they want to get some more information.
Acts 23 21 But don't do it! There are more than forty men hiding along the way ready to jump him and kill him. They have vowed not to eat or drink until they kill him. They are ready, expecting you to agree to their request."
Acts 23 22 "Don't let a soul know you told me this," the commander warned the young man as he sent him away.
Acts 23 23 Then the commander called two of his officers and ordered, "Get two hundred soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o'clock tonight. Also take two hundred spearmen and seventy horsemen.
Acts 23 24 Provide horses for Paul to ride, and get him safely to Governor Felix."
Acts 23 25 Then he wrote this letter to the governor:
Acts 23 26 "From Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency, Governor Felix. Greetings!
Acts 23 27 This man was seized by some Jews, and they were about to kill him when I arrived with the troops. When I learned that he was a Roman citizen, I removed him to safety.
Acts 23 28 Then I took him to their high council to try to find out what he had done.
Acts 23 29 I soon discovered it was something regarding their religious law--certainly nothing worthy of imprisonment or death.
Acts 23 30 But when I was informed of a plot to kill him, I immediately sent him on to you. I have told his accusers to bring their charges before you."
Acts 23 31 So that night, as ordered, the soldiers took Paul as far as Antipatris.
Acts 23 32 They returned to the fortress the next morning, while the horsemen took him on to Caesarea.
Acts 23 33 When they arrived in Caesarea, they presented Paul and the letter to Governor Felix.
Acts 23 34 He read it and then asked Paul what province he was from. "Cilicia," Paul answered.
Acts 23 35 "I will hear your case myself when your accusers arrive," the governor told him. Then the governor ordered him kept in the prison at Herod's headquarters.
Acts 24 1 Five days later Ananias, the high priest, arrived with some of the Jewish leaders and the lawyer Tertullus, to press charges against Paul.
Acts 24 2 When Paul was called in, Tertullus laid charges against Paul in the following address to the governor: "Your Excellency, you have given peace to us Jews and have enacted reforms for us.
Acts 24 3 And for all of this we are very grateful to you.
Acts 24 4 But lest I bore you, kindly give me your attention for only a moment as I briefly outline our case against this man.
Acts 24 5 For we have found him to be a troublemaker, a man who is constantly inciting the Jews throughout the world to riots and rebellions against the Roman government. He is a ringleader of the sect known as the Nazarenes.
Acts 24 6 Moreover he was trying to defile the Temple when we arrested him.
Acts 24 7 See Footnote
Acts 24 8 You can find out the truth of our accusations by examining him yourself."
Acts 24 9 Then the other Jews chimed in, declaring that everything Tertullus said was true.
Acts 24 10 Now it was Paul's turn. The governor motioned for him to rise and speak. Paul said, "I know, sir, that you have been a judge of Jewish affairs for many years, and this gives me confidence as I make my defense.
Acts 24 11 You can quickly discover that it was no more than twelve days ago that I arrived in Jerusalem to worship at the Temple.
Acts 24 12 I didn't argue with anyone in the Temple, nor did I incite a riot in any synagogue or on the streets of the city.
Acts 24 13 These men certainly cannot prove the things they accuse me of doing.
Acts 24 14 "But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a sect. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the books of prophecy.
Acts 24 15 I have hope in God, just as these men do, that he will raise both the righteous and the ungodly.
Acts 24 16 Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and everyone else.
Acts 24 17 "After several years away, I returned to Jerusalem with money to aid my people and to offer sacrifices to God.
Acts 24 18 My accusers saw me in the Temple as I was completing a purification ritual. There was no crowd around me and no rioting.
Acts 24 19 But some Jews from the province of Asia were there--and they ought to be here to bring charges if they have anything against me!
Acts 24 20 Ask these men here what wrongdoing the Jewish high council found in me,
Acts 24 21 except for one thing I said when I shouted out, 'I am on trial before you today because I believe in the resurrection of the dead!'"
Acts 24 22 Felix, who was quite familiar with the Way, adjourned the hearing and said, "Wait until Lysias, the garrison commander, arrives. Then I will decide the case."
Acts 24 23 He ordered an officer to keep Paul in custody but to give him some freedom and allow his friends to visit him and take care of his needs.
Acts 24 24 A few days later Felix came with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ Jesus.
Acts 24 25 As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified. "Go away for now," he replied. "When it is more convenient, I'll call for you again."
Acts 24 26 He also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he sent for him quite often and talked with him.
Acts 24 27 Two years went by in this way; then Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And because Felix wanted to gain favor with the Jewish leaders, he left Paul in prison.
Acts 25 1 Three days after Festus arrived in Caesarea to take over his new responsibilities, he left for Jerusalem,
Acts 25 2 where the leading priests and other Jewish leaders met with him and made their accusations against Paul.
Acts 25 3 They asked Festus as a favor to transfer Paul to Jerusalem. (Their plan was to waylay and kill him.)
Acts 25 4 But Festus replied that Paul was at Caesarea and he himself would be returning there soon.
Acts 25 5 So he said, "Those of you in authority can return with me. If Paul has done anything wrong, you can make your accusations."
Acts 25 6 Eight or ten days later he returned to Caesarea, and on the following day Paul's trial began.
Acts 25 7 On Paul's arrival in court, the Jewish leaders from Jerusalem gathered around and made many serious accusations they couldn't prove.
Acts 25 8 Paul denied the charges. "I am not guilty," he said. "I have committed no crime against the Jewish laws or the Temple or the Roman government."
Acts 25 9 Then Festus, wanting to please the Jews, asked him, "Are you willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there?"
Acts 25 10 But Paul replied, "No! This is the official Roman court, so I ought to be tried right here. You know very well I am not guilty.
Acts 25 11 If I have done something worthy of death, I don't refuse to die. But if I am innocent, neither you nor anyone else has a right to turn me over to these men to kill me. I appeal to Caesar!"
Acts 25 12 Festus conferred with his advisers and then replied, "Very well! You have appealed to Caesar, and to Caesar you shall go!"
Acts 25 13 A few days later King Agrippa arrived with his sister, Bernice, to pay their respects to Festus.
Acts 25 14 During their stay of several days, Festus discussed Paul's case with the king. "There is a prisoner here," he told him, "whose case was left for me by Felix.
Acts 25 15 When I was in Jerusalem, the leading priests and other Jewish leaders pressed charges against him and asked me to sentence him.
Acts 25 16 Of course, I quickly pointed out to them that Roman law does not convict people without a trial. They are given an opportunity to defend themselves face to face with their accusers.
Acts 25 17 "When they came here for the trial, I called the case the very next day and ordered Paul brought in.
Acts 25 18 But the accusations made against him weren't at all what I expected.
Acts 25 19 It was something about their religion and about someone called Jesus who died, but whom Paul insists is alive.
Acts 25 20 I was perplexed as to how to conduct an investigation of this kind, and I asked him whether he would be willing to stand trial on these charges in Jerusalem.
Acts 25 21 But Paul appealed to the emperor. So I ordered him back to jail until I could arrange to send him to Caesar."
Acts 25 22 "I'd like to hear the man myself," Agrippa said. And Festus replied, "You shall--tomorrow!"
Acts 25 23 So the next day Agrippa and Bernice arrived at the auditorium with great pomp, accompanied by military officers and prominent men of the city. Festus ordered that Paul be brought in.
Acts 25 24 Then Festus said, "King Agrippa and all present, this is the man whose death is demanded both by the local Jews and by those in Jerusalem.
Acts 25 25 But in my opinion he has done nothing worthy of death. However, he appealed his case to the emperor, and I decided to send him.
Acts 25 26 But what shall I write the emperor? For there is no real charge against him. So I have brought him before all of you, and especially you, King Agrippa, so that after we examine him, I might have something to write.
Acts 25 27 For it doesn't seem reasonable to send a prisoner to the emperor without specifying the charges against him!"
Acts 26 1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, "You may speak in your defense." So Paul, with a gesture of his hand, started his defense:
Acts 26 2 "I am fortunate, King Agrippa, that you are the one hearing my defense against all these accusations made by the Jewish leaders,
Acts 26 3 for I know you are an expert on Jewish customs and controversies. Now please listen to me patiently!
Acts 26 4 "As the Jewish leaders are well aware, I was given a thorough Jewish training from my earliest childhood among my own people and in Jerusalem.
Acts 26 5 If they would admit it, they know that I have been a member of the Pharisees, the strictest sect of our religion.
Acts 26 6 Now I am on trial because I am looking forward to the fulfillment of God's promise made to our ancestors.
Acts 26 7 In fact, that is why the twelve tribes of Israel worship God night and day, and they share the same hope I have. Yet, O king, they say it is wrong for me to have this hope!
Acts 26 8 Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead?
Acts 26 9 "I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the followers of Jesus of Nazareth.
Acts 26 10 Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many of the believers in Jerusalem to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death.
Acts 26 11 Many times I had them whipped in the synagogues to try to get them to curse Christ. I was so violently opposed to them that I even hounded them in distant cities of foreign lands.
Acts 26 12 "One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests.
Acts 26 13 About noon, Your Majesty, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions.
Acts 26 14 We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to fight against my will. '
Acts 26 15 "'Who are you, sir?' I asked. "And the Lord replied, 'I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.
Acts 26 16 Now stand up! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and my witness. You are to tell the world about this experience and about other times I will appear to you.
Acts 26 17 And I will protect you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am going to send you to the Gentiles,
Acts 26 18 to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God's people, who are set apart by faith in me.'
Acts 26 19 "And so, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to that vision from heaven.
Acts 26 20 I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must turn from their sins and turn to God--and prove they have changed by the good things they do.
Acts 26 21 Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me.
Acts 26 22 But God protected me so that I am still alive today to tell these facts to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen--
Acts 26 23 that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead as a light to Jews and Gentiles alike."
Acts 26 24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, "Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!"
Acts 26 25 But Paul replied, "I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. I am speaking the sober truth.
Acts 26 26 And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak frankly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner!
Acts 26 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do--"
Acts 26 28 Agrippa interrupted him. "Do you think you can make me a Christian so quickly?"
Acts 26 29 Paul replied, "Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains."
Acts 26 30 Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and all the others stood and left.
Acts 26 31 As they talked it over they agreed, "This man hasn't done anything worthy of death or imprisonment."
Acts 26 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, "He could be set free if he hadn't appealed to Caesar!"
Acts 27 1 When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of an army officer named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment.
Acts 27 2 And Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us. We left on a boat whose home port was Adramyttium; it was scheduled to make several stops at ports along the coast of the province of Asia.
Acts 27 3 The next day when we docked at Sidon, Julius was very kind to Paul and let him go ashore to visit with friends so they could provide for his needs.
Acts 27 4 Putting out to sea from there, we encountered headwinds that made it difficult to keep the ship on course, so we sailed north of Cyprus between the island and the mainland.
Acts 27 5 We passed along the coast of the provinces of Cilicia and Pamphylia, landing at Myra, in the province of Lycia.
Acts 27 6 There the officer found an Egyptian ship from Alexandria that was bound for Italy, and he put us on board.
Acts 27 7 We had several days of rough sailing, and after great difficulty we finally neared Cnidus. But the wind was against us, so we sailed down to the leeward side of Crete, past the cape of Salmone.
Acts 27 8 We struggled along the coast with great difficulty and finally arrived at Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
Acts 27 9 We had lost a lot of time. The weather was becoming dangerous for long voyages by then because it was so late in the fall, and Paul spoke to the ship's officers about it.
Acts 27 10 "Sirs," he said, "I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on--shipwreck, loss of cargo, injuries, and danger to our lives."
Acts 27 11 But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship's captain and the owner than to Paul.
Acts 27 12 And since Fair Havens was an exposed harbor--a poor place to spend the winter--most of the crew wanted to go to Phoenix, farther up the coast of Crete, and spend the winter there. Phoenix was a good harbor with only a southwest and northwest exposure.
Acts 27 13 When a light wind began blowing from the south, the sailors thought they could make it. So they pulled up anchor and sailed along close to shore.
Acts 27 14 But the weather changed abruptly, and a wind of typhoon strength (a "northeaster," they called it) caught the ship and blew it out to sea.
Acts 27 15 They couldn't turn the ship into the wind, so they gave up and let it run before the gale.
Acts 27 16 We sailed behind a small island named Cauda, where with great difficulty we hoisted aboard the lifeboat that was being towed behind us.
Acts 27 17 Then we banded the ship with ropes to strengthen the hull. The sailors were afraid of being driven across to the sandbars of Syrtis off the African coast, so they lowered the sea anchor and were thus driven before the wind.
Acts 27 18 The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard.
Acts 27 19 The following day they even threw out the ship's equipment and anything else they could lay their hands on.
Acts 27 20 The terrible storm raged unabated for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.
Acts 27 21 No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, "Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Fair Havens. You would have avoided all this injury and loss.
Acts 27 22 But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down.
Acts 27 23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me,
Acts 27 24 and he said, 'Don't be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What's more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.'
Acts 27 25 So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.
Acts 27 26 But we will be shipwrecked on an island."
Acts 27 27 About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm, as we were being driven across the Sea of Adria, the sailors sensed land was near.
Acts 27 28 They took soundings and found the water was only 120 feet deep. A little later they sounded again and found only 90 feet.
Acts 27 29 At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore, so they threw out four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.
Acts 27 30 Then the sailors tried to abandon the ship; they lowered the lifeboat as though they were going to put out anchors from the prow.
Acts 27 31 But Paul said to the commanding officer and the soldiers, "You will all die unless the sailors stay aboard."
Acts 27 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes and let the boat fall off.
Acts 27 33 As the darkness gave way to the early morning light, Paul begged everyone to eat. "You haven't touched food for two weeks," he said.
Acts 27 34 "Please eat something now for your own good. For not a hair of your heads will perish."
Acts 27 35 Then he took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it.
Acts 27 36 Then everyone was encouraged,
Acts 27 37 and all 276 of us began eating--for that is the number we had aboard.
Acts 27 38 After eating, the crew lightened the ship further by throwing the cargo of wheat overboard.
Acts 27 39 When morning dawned, they didn't recognize the coastline, but they saw a bay with a beach and wondered if they could get between the rocks and get the ship safely to shore.
Acts 27 40 So they cut off the anchors and left them in the sea. Then they lowered the rudders, raised the foresail, and headed toward shore.
Acts 27 41 But the ship hit a shoal and ran aground. The bow of the ship stuck fast, while the stern was repeatedly smashed by the force of the waves and began to break apart.
Acts 27 42 The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn't swim ashore and escape.
Acts 27 43 But the commanding officer wanted to spare Paul, so he didn't let them carry out their plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land,
Acts 27 44 and he told the others to try for it on planks and debris from the broken ship. So everyone escaped safely ashore!
Acts 28 1 Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta.
Acts 28 2 The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us and warm us.
Acts 28 3 As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, fastened itself onto his hand.
Acts 28 4 The people of the island saw it hanging there and said to each other, "A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live."
Acts 28 5 But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed.
Acts 28 6 The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.
Acts 28 7 Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us courteously and fed us for three days.
Acts 28 8 As it happened, Publius's father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him.
Acts 28 9 Then all the other sick people on the island came and were cured.
Acts 28 10 As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people put on board all sorts of things we would need for the trip.
Acts 28 11 It was three months after the shipwreck that we set sail on another ship that had wintered at the island--an Alexandrian ship with the twin gods as its figurehead.
Acts 28 12 Our first stop was Syracuse, where we stayed three days.
Acts 28 13 From there we sailed across to Rhegium. A day later a south wind began blowing, so the following day we sailed up the coast to Puteoli.
Acts 28 14 There we found some believers, who invited us to stay with them seven days. And so we came to Rome.
Acts 28 15 The brothers and sisters in Rome had heard we were coming, and they came to meet us at the Forum on the Appian Way. Others joined us at The Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
Acts 28 16 When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier.
Acts 28 17 Three days after Paul's arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. He said to them, "Brothers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Roman government, even though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors.
Acts 28 18 The Romans tried me and wanted to release me, for they found no cause for the death sentence.
Acts 28 19 But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people.
Acts 28 20 I asked you to come here today so we could get acquainted and so I could tell you that I am bound with this chain because I believe that the hope of Israel--the Messiah--has already come."
Acts 28 21 They replied, "We have heard nothing against you. We have had no letters from Judea or reports from anyone who has arrived here.
Acts 28 22 But we want to hear what you believe, for the only thing we know about these Christians is that they are denounced everywhere."
Acts 28 23 So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul's house. He told them about the Kingdom of God and taught them about Jesus from the Scriptures--from the five books of Moses and the books of the prophets. He began lecturing in the morning and went on into the evening.
Acts 28 24 Some believed and some didn't.
Acts 28 25 But after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: "The Holy Spirit was right when he said to our ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,
Acts 28 26 'Go and say to my people, You will hear my words, but you will not understand; you will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning.
Acts 28 27 For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes--so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.'
Acts 28 28 So I want you to realize that this salvation from God is also available to the Gentiles, and they will accept it."
Acts 28 29 See Footnote
Acts 28 30 For the next two years, Paul lived in his own rented house. He welcomed all who visited him,
Acts 28 31 proclaiming the Kingdom of God with all boldness and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.