Ma’asei HaShlikhim 28 – מעשי השליחים כח


1Afterwards they learned that the island was called Melita.  2And the barbarians who inhabited it showed us much kindness; for they kindled a fire and called us all to warm ourselves, because of heavy rain and the cold.  3And Pavlos picked up a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, and a viper, driven by the heat, came out and bit his hand.  4And when the barbarians saw it hanging from his hand, they said, “It may be that this man is a murderer, whom, though he has been rescued from the sea, yet justice does not permit him to live.”  5But Pavlos shook his hand and threw the viper into the fire and felt no harm.  6However, the barbarians expected he would immediately swell up and fall to the ground dead; but after they had waited for a long while and saw he had not been harmed, they changed their talk and said that he was a god.  7There were villages in that region belonging to a man whose name was Publius, the chief man of the island; and he gladly received us at his house for three days.  8But the father of Publius was sick with fever and dysentery; so Pavlos went in to where he was lying and prayed; then he laid his hand on him and healed him.  9So when this was done, others also, sick in the island, came and were healed.  10The inhabitants bestowed upon us great honors; and when we departed there, they supplied us with provisions.

11After three months we left, sailing in an Alexandrian ship which had wintered in the island and which bore the sign of Castor and Pollux.  12Landing at Syracuse, we remained there for three days.  13From there we circled around and arrived at Rhegium.  After a day the south wind blew in our favor, and in two days, we came to Puteoli, an Italian city, 14where we found brethren who invited us to stay; and we remained with them seven days; then we departed for Rome.  15When the brethren there heard of our arrival, they came out to meet us as far as the street which is called Appii Forum and The Three Taverns. When Pavlos saw them, he thanked Elohim and was greatly encouraged.  16Then we entered Rome; and the centurion gave permission to Pavlos to live wherever he pleased with a soldier to guard him.

17And after three days, Pavlos sent and called the leaders of the Y’hudim; and when they were come together, he said to them, “Men and my brethren, though I have done nothing against the people and the Torah of my fathers, yet I was delivered from Yerushalayim in bonds into the hands of the Romans, 18who, when they had examined me, would have released me, because they found in me no cause worthy of death.  19But as the Y’hudim stood against me, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my own people.  20This is the reason I begged you to come, for I wish to see you and to relate these things to you; because it is for the hope of Yisra’el I am bound with this chain.”  21And they said to him, “We have neither received a letter concerning you from Y’hudah nor have any of the brethren who have come from Yerushalayim made any evil report about you.  22Nevertheless we desire to hear what you have to say; but if it is concerning this teaching, we know well that it is not acceptable to anyone, and we do not want to hear about it.”

23So they appointed a day for him, and many gathered together and came to him where he was staying; and he explained to them about Malkhut HaElohim, thus testifying and persuading them concerning Yeshua, both from the Torah of Moshe and from the Nevi’im, from morning until evening.  24And some of them listened to his words, but others paid no attention.  25And as they were dismissed, disagreeing among themselves, Pavlos said to them this saying, “The Ru’akh HaKodesh spoke well by the mouth of Yesha-Yahu HaNavi against your fathers, 26saying, ‘Go to this people and say, ‘Hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive; 27for the heart of this people is hardened 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 hearts, and repent before me, and I should forgive them’.’  28Let this be known to you therefore: this Salvation of Elohim is sent to the Goyim, for they will listen to it.” And when he had said these words, the Y’hudim departed, arguing much among themselves. 

29And Pavlos hired a house for himself at his own expense and lived in it for two years; there he received all who came to him, 31declaring Malkhut HaElohim and teaching openly about Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh without hindrance.

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