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Apostelenes gerninger 28

Opholdet på Malta

1Da alle var bjærget op på stranden, fik vi at vide, at øen hed Malta. De indfødte på øen var meget venlige og viste os en usædvanlig omsorg. De tændte et bål på stranden, og vi samlede os om ilden, for det var begyndt at regne, og det var meget koldt. Paulus samlede en bunke kvas, men da han lagde den på bålet, krøb en giftslange frem på grund af varmen og bed sig fast i hans hånd. Da de indfødte så slangen hænge fast i hånden, sagde de til hinanden: „Den mand er sikkert en morder. Selv om han slap godt fra havet, tillader retfærdighedens gudinde ikke, at han får lov at leve.” Men Paulus rystede slangen af over ilden og så ikke ud til at have lidt nogen overlast. De indfødte betragtede ham afventende. De regnede med, at han ret hurtigt ville svulme op eller falde død om. Da de havde iagttaget ham et stykke tid, og der stadig ikke var sket noget, ændrede de holdning og mente nu, at han måtte være en gud.

I nærheden af det sted, hvor vi var drevet i land, lå en landejendom, som tilhørte øens fornemmeste mand, Publius. Han tog venligt imod os og beværtede os i tre dage. Nu var det sådan, at Publiusʼ far lå syg med feberanfald og dysenteri. Paulus gik ind til ham, lagde hænderne på ham og bad for ham. Og han blev straks helbredt. Derefter kom resten af de syge på øen og blev helbredt. 10 Folk forærede os mange gaver, og da vi skulle sejle videre, bragte de os alt muligt, som vi kunne få brug for på rejsen.

Fra Malta til Rom

11 Først da der var gået tre måneder efter skibbruddet, kunne vi komme videre. Det blev med et skib fra Alexandria, der havde tvillingeguderne Castor og Pollux som galionsfigur. Det havde ligget i vinterhavn på øen. 12 Først anløb vi Syrakus på Sicilien, hvor vi blev i tre dage. 13 Derefter kastede vi los og ankom til Regium på Italiens sydspids, og da der dagen efter blæste en god søndenvind, ankom vi allerede den følgende dag til Roms havneby, Puteoli, og gik fra borde. 14 Sådan endte den lange sørejse til Rom. I Puteoli fandt vi frem til nogle kristne, og de indbød os til at blive der en uges tid.

15 I Rom havde de kristne hørt, at vi var på vej, og de kom ud for at tage imod os. Nogle mødte vi ved Forum på Via Appia, og andre mødte vi ved „De tre Kroer”. Da Paulus så dem, takkede han Gud og fik nyt mod.

Paulus i Rom

16 Da vi ankom til Rom, fik Paulus lov til at bo for sig selv sammen med den soldat, som skulle bevogte ham. 17 Et par dage efter sin ankomst sendte han bud til byens jødiske ledere og indbød dem til at komme og besøge ham. Da de var kommet, sagde han til dem: „Mine ærede landsmænd! Jeg blev pågrebet af jøderne i Jerusalem og overgivet til de romerske myndigheder, selv om jeg hverken har gjort noget forkert imod vores folk eller imod de skikke, vi har fra forfædrene. 18 Romerne stillede mig for retten, hvorefter de ville løslade mig, fordi de ikke kunne finde noget grundlag for den dødsdom, som jøderne krævede. 19 Men da jøderne protesterede mod den afgørelse, blev jeg tvunget til at appellere min sag til kejseren, selv om jeg ikke har noget at anklage mit eget folk for. 20 Det er derfor, jeg har bedt jer komme her i dag. Jeg vil gerne fortælle jer, at jeg bærer de her lænker på grund af min tro på ham, som Israels folk har ventet og håbet på så længe.” 21 De svarede: „Vi har ikke modtaget noget brev fra Judæa om den sag, og der er heller ikke kommet nogle ledere derfra med en rapport om, at du skulle have gjort noget forkert. 22 Men vi vil gerne høre din mening om den sekt, som vi har hørt, at mange taler imod.”

23 De aftalte et tidspunkt for et møde, og på den fastsatte dag kom et større antal mennesker til det sted, hvor Paulus boede. Han underviste dem grundigt om Guds rige og søgte ud fra Toraen og de profetiske bøger at overbevise dem om, at Jesus er Messias. Han begyndte undervisningen om morgenen og fortsatte lige til aften.

24 Nogle lod sig overbevise af Paulusʼ ord, men andre ville ikke tro det. 25 Da de tog derfra, diskuterede de indbyrdes frem og tilbage. Paulus havde sluttet med at sige: „Helligånden havde ret, da han gennem profeten Esajas sagde til jeres forfædre:

26 Sig til dette folk:
‚I hører, men forstår dog intet.
    I ser, men fatter dog intet.’
27 For dette folk går rundt med lukkede øjne,
    så de intet ser.
De har ørerne tilstoppede,
    så de intet hører.
Deres hjerter er tillukkede,
    så de ikke føler anger eller skyld.
Derfor kommer de ikke til mig,
    så jeg kan helbrede dem.[a]

28 Derfor kan jeg fortælle jer, at når I ikke vil høre, bliver budskabet om Guds frelse bragt ud til de ikke-jødiske folkeslag—og de vil høre efter!”[b]

30 De næste to år boede Paulus nu i det hus, han havde lejet, og han tog imod alle, som besøgte ham. 31 Han fortsatte med at forkynde om Guds rige, og han underviste frimodigt om Herren Jesus Kristus, uden at nogen forsøgte at hindre ham i det.

Footnotes

  1. 28,27 Es. 6,9-10 citeret efter Septuaginta. Den hebraiske kiasme er omstillet til parallelisme for at klargøre meningen på dansk.
  2. 28,28 Nogle håndskrifter har et vers 29: „Da han havde sagt dette, gik jøderne deres vej under voldsomt indbyrdes skænderi.”

New Living Translation

Acts 28

Paul on the Island of Malta

1Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us.

As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.” But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.

Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us and treated us kindly for three days. As it happened, Publius’s father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him. Then all the other sick people on the island came and were healed. 10 As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip.

Paul Arrives at Rome

11 It was three months after the shipwreck that we set sail on another ship that had wintered at the island—an Alexandrian ship with the twin gods[a] as its figurehead. 12 Our first stop was Syracuse,[b] where we stayed three days. 13 From there we sailed across to Rhegium.[c] A day later a south wind began blowing, so the following day we sailed up the coast to Puteoli. 14 There we found some believers,[d] who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.

15 The brothers and sisters[e] in Rome had heard we were coming, and they came to meet us at the Forum[f] on the Appian Way. Others joined us at The Three Taverns.[g] When Paul saw them, he was encouraged and thanked God.

16 When we arrived in Rome, Paul was permitted to have his own private lodging, though he was guarded by a soldier.

Paul Preaches at Rome under Guard

17 Three days after Paul’s arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders. He said to them, “Brothers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Roman government, even though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors. 18 The Romans tried me and wanted to release me, because they found no cause for the death sentence. 19 But when the Jewish leaders protested the decision, I felt it necessary to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no desire to press charges against my own people. 20 I asked you to come here today so we could get acquainted and so I could explain to you that I am bound with this chain because I believe that the hope of Israel—the Messiah—has already come.”

21 They replied, “We have had no letters from Judea or reports against you from anyone who has come here. 22 But we want to hear what you believe, for the only thing we know about this movement is that it is denounced everywhere.”

23 So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening. 24 Some were persuaded by the things he said, but others did not believe. 25 And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,

26 ‘Go and say to this people:
When you hear what I say,
    you will not understand.
When you see what I do,
    you will not comprehend.
27 For the hearts of these people are hardened,
    and their ears cannot hear,
    and they have closed their eyes—
so their eyes cannot see,
    and their ears cannot hear,
    and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
    and let me heal them.’[h]

28 So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”[i]

30 For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense.[j] He welcomed all who visited him, 31 boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.

Footnotes

  1. 28:11 The twin gods were the Roman gods Castor and Pollux.
  2. 28:12 Syracuse was on the island of Sicily.
  3. 28:13 Rhegium was on the southern tip of Italy.
  4. 28:14 Greek brothers.
  5. 28:15a Greek brothers.
  6. 28:15b The Forum was about 43 miles (70 kilometers) from Rome.
  7. 28:15c The Three Taverns was about 35 miles (57 kilometers) from Rome.
  8. 28:26-27 Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).
  9. 28:28 Some manuscripts add verse 29, And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, greatly disagreeing with each other.
  10. 28:30 Or in his own rented quarters.