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Paulo pa Chilumba cha Melita
1Titapulumuka choncho, tinamva kuti chilumbacho chimatchedwa Melita. 2Anthu a pa chilumbacho anatichitira zokoma zimene sizichitika kawirikawiri. Iwo anakoleza moto natilandira tonse chifukwa kumagwa mvula ndipo kumazizira. 3Paulo anatola mtolo wankhuni, pamene amayika pa moto, munatulukamo njoka chifukwa cha kutentha, ndipo inamuluma pa dzanja. 4Anthu a pa chilumbacho ataona njokayo ili lende pa dzanja lake, iwo anawuzana kuti, “Munthu uyu akuyenera kukhala munthu wopha anthu; pakuti ngakhale wapulumuka pa nyanja, chilungamo sichinamulore kuti akhale ndi moyo.” 5Koma Paulo anayikutumulira pa moto njokayo, ndipo sanamve kupweteka. 6Anthu anayembekezera kuti thupi lake litupa kapena agwa ndi kufa mwadzidzidzi, koma anadikira nthawi yayitali. Ataona kuti palibe kanthu kachilendo kanamuchitikira anasintha maganizo awo nanena kuti iye ndi mulungu.
7Pafupi ndi malowa panali munda wa Popliyo, mkulu wa boma la pa chilumbacho. Iye anatilandira natisamala bwino masiku atatu. 8Abambo ake anali gone, chifukwa amadwala malungo ndi kamwazi. Paulo analowa mʼchipinda chake kukawaona, ndipo atapemphera, anasanjika manja ake pa iwo nawachiritsa. 9Zitachitika zimenezi, anthu onse odwala a pa chilumbacho anabwera ndipo anachiritsidwa. 10Anthuwo anatilemekeza ife mʼnjira zambiri ndipo pamene tinakonzeka kuti tiyambe ulendo, anatipatsa zonse zomwe tinazisowa.
Paulo Afika ku Roma
11Patapita miyezi itatu, tinanyamuka pa sitima ina imene inakhala pa chilumbacho chifukwa cha kuzizira. Inali sitima ya ku Alekisandriya imene inali ndi chizindikiro cha milungu ya mapasa yotchedwa Kastro ndi Polikisi. 12Tinakafika ku Surakusa ndipo kumeneko tinakhalako masiku atatu. 13Kuchokera kumeneko tinayenda ndi kukafika ku Regio. Mmawa mwake mphepo yochokera kummwera inawomba, ndipo tsiku linalo tinakafika ku Potiyolo. 14Kumeneko tinapezako abale amene anatiyitana kuti tikhale nawo sabata limodzi. Ndipo kenaka tinapita ku Roma. 15Abale kumeneko atamva kuti tikubwera, anabwera kudzakumana nafe mpaka ku bwalo la Apiyo ndiponso ku nyumba za alendo zitatu. Atawaona anthu amenewa Paulo anayamika Mulungu ndipo analimbikitsidwa. 16Titafika ku Roma, Paulo analoledwa kukhala pa yekha ndi msilikali womulondera.
Paulo Alalikira kwa Ayuda ku Roma
17Patapita masiku atatu, Paulo anasonkhanitsa pamodzi atsogoleri a Ayuda. Atasonkhana, Paulo anawawuza kuti, “Abale anga, ngakhale kuti ine sindinachite kanthu kalikonse kulakwira mtundu wathu kapena miyambo ya makolo athu, koma anandigwira mu Yerusalemu ndi kundipereka mʼmanja mwa Aroma. 18Iwo anandifufuza ndipo anafuna kundimasula chifukwa sanandipeze wopalamula mlandu woyenera kuphedwa. 19Koma Ayuda atakana, ine ndinakakamizidwa kupempha kuti ndikaonekere pamaso pa Kaisara, sikuti ndinali ndi kanthu konenezera mtundu wanga. 20Pa chifukwa ichi ndapempha kuti ndionane nanu ndi kuyankhula nanu. Pakuti nʼchifukwa cha chiyembekezo cha Israeli ndamangidwa unyolo uwu.”
21Iwo anayankha kuti, “Ife sitinalandire kalata iliyonse yochokera ku Yudeya yonena za iwe, ndipo palibe mmodzi wa abale amene anachokera kumeneko anafotokoza kapena kunena kalikonse koyipa ka iwe. 22Koma ife tikufuna kumva maganizo ako ndi otani, pakuti tikudziwa kuti ponseponse anthu akuyankhula zotsutsana ndi mpatuko umenewu.”
23Iwo anakonza tsiku lina loti akumane ndi Paulo, ndipo anabwera anthu ambiri ku nyumba kumene amakhala. Kuyambira mmawa mpaka madzulo, Paulo anawafotokozera ndi kuwawuza za ufumu wa Mulungu ndipo anayesa kuwakopa kuti akhulupirire Yesu kuchokera mʼMalamulo a Mose ndiponso mʼmabuku a Aneneri. 24Ena anakopeka ndi zimene Paulo ananena, koma enanso sanakhulupirire. 25Ndipo anayamba kuchoka popeza sanagwirizane pakati pawo Paulo atanena mawu awa omaliza akuti, “Mzimu Woyera anayankhula zoona za makolo anu pamene Iye ananena kudzera mwa Mneneri Yesaya kuti,
26“Pita kwa anthu awa ndi kuwawuza kuti,
‘Kumva mudzamva, koma osamvetsetsa;
kupenya mudzapenya, koma osaona kanthu.’
27Pakuti mtima wa anthu ndi wokanika;
mʼmakutu mwawo ndi mogontha,
ndipo atsinzina kuti asaone kanthu.
Mwina angapenye ndi maso awo,
angamve ndi makutu awo,
angamvetse ndi nzeru zawo ndi kutembenuka,
28“Chifukwa chake ine ndikufuna mudziwe kuti chipulumutso cha Mulungu chatumizidwa kwa anthu a mitundu ina, ndipo iwo adzamvera.” 29Paulo atanena mawu amenewa, Ayuda aja anachoka akutsutsana kwambiri.
30Paulo anakhala kumeneko zaka ziwiri zathunthu mʼnyumba yobwereka yomwe amalipira ndipo ankalandira aliyense amene amabwera kudzamuona. 31Molimba mtima ndi popanda womuletsa, Paulo analalikira za ufumu wa Mulungu ndi kuphunzitsa za Ambuye Yesu Khristu.
Paul Ashore on Malta
1Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. 2The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. 3Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
7There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. 8His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. 9When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 10They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
Paul’s Arrival at Rome
11After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. 12We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. 13From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. 14There we found some brothers and sisters who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome. 15The brothers and sisters 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. 16When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
Paul Preaches at Rome Under Guard
17Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: “My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. 18They examined me and wanted to release me, because I was not guilty of any crime deserving death. 19The Jews objected, so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people. 20For this reason I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.”
21They replied, “We have not received any letters from Judea concerning you, and none of our people who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. 22But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.”
23They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 24Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. 25They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
26“ ‘Go to this people and say,
“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
27For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’28:27 Isaiah 6:9,10 (see Septuagint)
28“Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” 2928:29 Some manuscripts include here After he said this, the Jews left, arguing vigorously among themselves.
30For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!