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44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on brokeh pieces of the ship. And it so came to pass that they escaped all safe to land.
CHAP. XXVIII. 1 Paul is entertained by the barbarians. 8 He healeth many in the island. 11 They depiirt towards Rome* 30 He preacheth there two years. A ND 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 tire, andireceived 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 lve 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 Publins; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.
8 % And it came to pass, that the father of Publins lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: ta whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
J) So when this was done, others also which had diseasesin the island came, and were> healed:
10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when -we departed, they laded us with such things ai were necessary.
11^ And after three months we departed in a ship of H h 3 Alexandria, 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 Rheginm: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:
i 4 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 Paui 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 tegether, 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 pie go, because there was no cause of death in me.
19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Cesar; 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 Judea 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 a$ concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken agamst.
23 And tvhen they had appointed him a day, there came nnny to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning
Jesus, 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 tsome 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: x
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, aud 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.
The Epistle of PAUL the Apostle to the ROMANS.
CHAP. XII. 3 Pride forbidden. 6 Several duties enjoined. 19 Revenge specially forbidden. T Beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every
H h 4 roan man that is amongst you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according aa God hath dealt to e.very man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members. have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 ^f Having thett gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy ac-cording to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, wiih cheerfulness.
9 Let lovejje without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospi-. tality.
14 Bless them which persccnttrytm: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not liigh things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not. wise Ju your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in. the sight of all men.
IH If it he possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 % Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but ratter give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if hft thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coab of fire on his head.
121 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with. good. CHAP. XIII. 1 Of duties to magistrates. 8 Love is tie fulfilling of the
Law. 11 Against gluttony, drunkenness, and the works.
T ET every soul be subject unto tlte higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good' works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister- of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him- that doeth evil.
6 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. •
6 For for tius cause pay ye tribute also : for they are God'a ministers^ attending continually upon this very thing,
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute, to whorn tribute is due; custom, to whom custom; fear, to whom fear; honour, to whom honour:
8 % Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false wit. ness; Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saving, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Lovo worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 % And that, know ing the time, that now it is high