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Acts 28

Safe at Malta

1After we were safe [on land], we found out that the island was called [a]Malta. And the [b]natives showed us extraordinary kindness and hospitality; for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, since it had begun to rain and was cold. But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a [c]viper crawled out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, Justice [the avenging goddess] has not permitted him to live.” Then Paul [simply] shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. But they stood watching and expecting him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began saying that he was a god.

In the vicinity of that place there were estates belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed and entertained us hospitably for three days. And it happened that the father of Publius was sick [in bed] with recurring attacks of fever and dysentery; and Paul went to him, and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After this occurred, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and being healed. 10 They also gave us many honors [gifts and courtesies expressing respect]; and when we were setting sail, they supplied us with all the things we needed.

Paul Arrives at Rome

11 At the end of three months we set sail on a ship which had wintered at the island, an Alexandrian ship with the [d]Twin Brothers [Castor and Pollux] as its figurehead. 12 We landed at Syracuse [on Sicily] and stayed there three days. 13 From there we sailed around and arrived at Rhegium [on Italy’s southern tip]; and a day later a south wind came up, and on the second day we arrived at [e]Puteoli. 14 There we found some believers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. 15 And the brothers and sisters, having heard news about us, came from as far away as the [f]Forum of Appius and [g]Three Inns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and was encouraged.

16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself [in rented quarters] with the soldier who was guarding him.

17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews; and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Kinsmen, though I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our fathers, yet I was turned over as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 After they had interrogated me, they were ready to release me because I was not guilty of any offense deserving death. 19 But when the Jews objected [to my release], I was forced to appeal to Caesar (Emperor Nero), not because I had any charge to make against my nation. 20 For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you, since it is for the sake of the hope of Israel (the Messiah, the resurrection) that I am bound with this chain.” 21 They said to him, “We have not received [any] letters about you from Judea, nor have any of the [Jewish] brothers come here and reported or said anything bad about you. 22 But we would like to hear from you what your views are [that is, exactly what you believe]; for in regard to this sect (Christianity), we are fully aware that it is denounced everywhere.”

23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to his lodging in large numbers. And he carefully explained [Christianity] to them from morning until evening, solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, both from the Law of Moses and from the [writings of the] Prophets. 24 Some were persuaded by what he said, but others would not believe. 25 They disagreed among themselves and they began to leave after Paul had made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, saying, 26 Go to this people and say,

You will keep on hearing, but will not understand,
You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
27 
For the heart (the understanding, the soul) of this people has become dull (calloused),
And with their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have shut their eyes [to the truth];
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return [to Me],
And I would heal them.”’

28 Therefore let it be known to you that [this message of] the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they indeed will listen!” 29 [h][And when he had said these things, the Jews left, arguing among themselves.]

30 And Paul lived there for two full years [at his own expense] in his own rented lodging and welcomed all who came to him, 31 preaching and proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness and boldness, unhindered and unrestrained.

Notas al pie

  1. Acts 28:1 Gr Melita, located about 60 miles south of Sicily and 600 miles west of Fair Havens, Crete.
  2. Acts 28:2 Gr barbaroi, referring to people who did not speak Greek.
  3. Acts 28:3 Probably a sand viper (vipera ammodytes), whose venom is deadly and fast-acting.
  4. Acts 28:11 I.e. sons of Zeus in Greek mythology.
  5. Acts 28:13 Located about 150 miles from Rome in the Bay of Naples, near Pompeii, this was Rome’s main seaport.
  6. Acts 28:15 About 43 miles from Rome.
  7. Acts 28:15 About 33 miles from Rome.
  8. Acts 28:29 Early mss do not contain this v.

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Atos 28

Paulo na Ilha de Malta

1Uma vez em terra, descobrimos que a ilha se chamava Malta. Os habitantes da ilha mostraram extraordinária bondade para conosco. Fizeram uma fogueira e receberam bem a todos nós, pois estava chovendo e fazia frio. Paulo ajuntou um monte de gravetos; quando os colocava no fogo, uma víbora, fugindo do calor, prendeu-se à sua mão. Quando os habitantes da ilha viram a cobra agarrada na mão de Paulo, disseram uns aos outros: “Certamente este homem é assassino, pois, tendo escapado do mar, a Justiça não lhe permite viver”. Mas Paulo, sacudindo a cobra no fogo, não sofreu mal nenhum. Eles, porém, esperavam que ele começasse a inchar ou que caísse morto de repente, mas, tendo esperado muito tempo e vendo que nada de estranho lhe sucedia, mudaram de idéia e passaram a dizer que ele era um deus.

Próximo dali havia uma propriedade pertencente a Públio, o homem principal da ilha. Ele nos convidou a ficar em sua casa e, por três dias, bondosamente nos recebeu e nos hospedou. Seu pai estava doente, acamado, sofrendo de febre e disenteria. Paulo entrou para vê-lo e, depois de orar, impôs-lhe as mãos e o curou. Tendo acontecido isso, os outros doentes da ilha vieram e foram curados. 10 Eles nos prestaram muitas honras e, quando estávamos para embarcar, forneceram-nos os suprimentos de que necessitávamos.

A Chegada a Roma

11 Passados três meses, embarcamos num navio que tinha passado o inverno na ilha; era um navio alexandrino, que tinha por emblema os deuses gêmeos Cástor e Pólux. 12 Aportando em Siracusa, ficamos ali três dias. 13 Dali partimos e chegamos a Régio. No dia seguinte, soprando o vento sul, prosseguimos, chegando a Potéoli no segundo dia. 14 Ali encontramos alguns irmãos que nos convidaram a passar uma semana com eles. E depois fomos para Roma. 15 Os irmãos dali tinham ouvido falar que estávamos chegando e vieram até a praça de Ápio e às Três Vendas para nos encontrar. Vendo-os, Paulo deu graças a Deus e sentiu-se encorajado. 16 Quando chegamos a Roma, Paulo recebeu permissão para morar por conta própria, sob a custódia de um soldado.

A Pregação de Paulo em Roma

17 Três dias depois, ele convocou os líderes dos judeus. Quando estes se reuniram, Paulo lhes disse: “Meus irmãos, embora eu não tenha feito nada contra o nosso povo nem contra os costumes dos nossos antepassados, fui preso em Jerusalém e entregue aos romanos. 18 Eles me interrogaram e queriam me soltar, porque eu não era culpado de crime algum que merecesse pena de morte. 19 Todavia, tendo os judeus feito objeção, fui obrigado a apelar para César, não porém, por ter alguma acusação contra o meu próprio povo. 20 Por essa razão pedi para vê-los e conversar com vocês. Por causa da esperança de Israel é que estou preso com estas algemas”.

21 Eles responderam: “Não recebemos nenhuma carta da Judéia a seu respeito, e nenhum dos irmãos que vieram de lá relatou ou disse qualquer coisa de mal contra você. 22 Todavia, queremos ouvir de sua parte o que você pensa, pois sabemos que por todo lugar há gente falando contra esta seita”.

23 Assim combinaram encontrar-se com Paulo em dia determinado, indo em grupo ainda mais numeroso ao lugar onde ele estava. Desde a manhã até a tarde ele lhes deu explicações e lhes testemunhou do Reino de Deus, procurando convencê-los a respeito de Jesus, com base na Lei de Moisés e nos Profetas. 24 Alguns foram convencidos pelo que ele dizia, mas outros não creram. 25 Discordaram entre si mesmos e começaram a ir embora, depois de Paulo ter feito esta declaração final: “Bem que o Espírito Santo falou aos seus antepassados, por meio do profeta Isaías:

26 “‘Vá a este povo e diga:
Ainda que estejam sempre ouvindo,
    vocês nunca entenderão;
ainda que estejam sempre vendo,
    jamais perceberão.
27 Pois o coração deste povo
    se tornou insensível;
de má vontade
    ouviram com os seus ouvidos,
    e fecharam os seus olhos.
Se assim não fosse,
    poderiam ver com os olhos,
    ouvir com os ouvidos,
    entender com o coração
e converter-se,
    e eu os curaria’[a].

28 “Portanto, quero que saibam que esta salvação de Deus é enviada aos gentios; eles a ouvirão!” 29 Depois que ele disse isto, os judeus se retiraram, discutindo intensamente entre si.[b]

30 Por dois anos inteiros Paulo permaneceu na casa que havia alugado, e recebia a todos os que iam vê-lo. 31 Pregava o Reino de Deus e ensinava a respeito do Senhor Jesus Cristo, abertamente e sem impedimento algum.

Notas al pie

  1. 28.26,27 Is 6.9,10
  2. 28.29 Muitos manuscritos antigos não trazem o versículo 29.