1. "And later we learned that the island was called Malta.
2. "And the barbarians that lived there showed us great kindness, and they made a fire and called us all to warm ourselves, because there was heavy rain and cold.
3. "And Paul took a bundle of brushwood and consecrated it on the fire. And there emerged from them a viper from the heat of the fire and it pierced his hand.
4. "And as the barbarians saw it hanging on his hand, they said, 'Perhaps this man was a murderer, and while he made it safely out of the sea, vengeance did not allow him to live.' "
5. Paul just shook his hand and flung the viper into the fire, and nothing serious* happened to him.
6. And the barbarians expected, however, that within the hour the poison would affect him and he would drop dead on the ground. And after a long time pondering and seeing that nothing serious happened to him, they changed their word and said that he was God.
7. "There were villages in that country [that belonged] to a man whose name was Publius, who was the leader of the island, and he received us in his house for three days happily.
8. "The father of Publius, however, was sick with fever and measles. And Paul went in and prayed for him, and he consecrated his hand over him and healed him.
9. "And as this transpired, others who were sick on that island approached him and were healed.
10. "And they treated him with great respect. And as we went out of there, they supplied us [with provisions.]
11. "Then after three months we left there, and we sailed off in an Alexandrian sailship, which had wintered on that island, and it was flying* the flag of The Twins,*
12. "And we came to the town of Syracuse and we remained there three days.
13. "And from there we circled around and arrived to the town of Rhegium. And after one day, there blew the spirit of the South and in two days we came to Puteoli, a town in Italy.
14. "And we found there brethren, and they begged us and we stayed with them seven days, and then we went to Rome.
15. "And as the brethren there heard, they came out on our way [to meet us at] the market place that is called Appius' Forum and up to the Three Taverns. And when Paul saw them, he proclaimed God and was revitalized.
16. "And we entered Rome, and the centurion allowed Paul to stay wherever he pleased, together with a soldier to protect him.
17. "And after three days, Paul sent for the leaders of the Jews, calling them. And when they gathered, he said to them, 'Brethren,* while I did not rise against the people or the Law of my ancestors in any way,* yet I was delivered from Jerusalem in chains by the hand of the Jews.
18. " 'And those who questioned me, wished to release me, because they did not find anything against me deserving death.*
19. " 'And as the Jews rose against me, I was forced to call on Caesar himself, not that I had any feud against my people*.
20. " 'Because of this I wanted you to come and so I could show you and explain to you these things, for it is because of the hope [of salvation] of Israel that I am tied by this chain.'
21. "They told him, 'We have not received a letter against you from Judea, and not a single* of the brethren who came from Jerusalem has said anything evil about you.
22. " 'We wish to hear from you what you have to show, however, because [regarding] this knowledge we know that it is not well received.'*
23. "And they set up a day for him, and many gathered and came to him where he was held. And he revealed to them about the Kingdom of God, as he testified and proffered the dispensation of Jesus for them, [he started] from the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the scribes, and [he spoke] from morning until evening.
24. "And some of them* adhered to his words and others did not adhere."
25. And they left him without agreeing with each other,* and Paul told them this manifestation, "The holy Spirit spoke beautifully through the mouth of the Prophet Isaiah against your ancestors,
26. "As He said,
'Go to this people and tell them,
As for hearing you will hear, and you will not learn,
And you will see, and yet you will not discern*.
27. " 'For this people's heart has become insensitive*
And their hearing has become heavy
And they will squeeze their eyes, so as not to see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears, and become edified in their hearts,
And return back to me,*
And so I should forgive them.'
28. "So thus you shall know that this salvation of God was also sent to the nations and that they too would hear Him."
29. And as he said these things, the Jews went out and they argued much between themselves.
30. "And Paul rented himself a house and he stayed in it two years, and he received there all those who came to him.
31. "And he preached about the Kingdom of God, and he taught indeed openly about our Lord Jesus Christ ceaselessly."
*28:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Hateful."
*28:11.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Had on it."
*28:11.2 Lit. Aramaic name retained: also, "Gemini."
*28:17.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Men brothers."
*28:17.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "With nothing."
*28:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Any muck after me that lays out to death."
*28:19 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Children of my nation."
*28:21 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
*28:22 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Upon human being not received."
*28:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And human beings of themÖ"
*28:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And they released from with him while not submitting to each other."
*28:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Preternatural insight."
*28:27 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Water-logged," or "full and stagnant."
Translated by Victor N. Alexander ©1999