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Arrival at Rome

11 After three months we sailed in (A)an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the [a]Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 13 From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli, 14 where we found (B)brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. 15 And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.

16 Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but (C)Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

Paul’s Ministry at Rome

17 And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them: “Men and brethren, (D)though I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet (E)I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, 18 who, (F)when they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there was no cause for putting me to death. 19 But when the [b]Jews spoke against it, (G)I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation. 20 For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because (H)for the hope of Israel I am bound with (I)this chain.”

21 Then they said to him, “We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. 22 But we desire to hear from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that (J)it is spoken against everywhere.”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 28:11 Gr. Dioskouroi, Zeus’s sons Castor and Pollux
  2. Acts 28:19 The ruling authorities

Paul’s Arrival at Rome

11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship(A) with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. 13 From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. 14 There we found some brothers and sisters(B) who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome. 15 The brothers and sisters(C) there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged. 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.(D)

Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard

17 Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders.(E) When they had assembled, Paul said to them: “My brothers,(F) although I have done nothing against our people(G) or against the customs of our ancestors,(H) I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18 They examined me(I) and wanted to release me,(J) because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death.(K) 19 The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar.(L) I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel(M) that I am bound with this chain.”(N)

21 They replied, “We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of our people(O) who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.”(P)

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