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44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And it so came to pass that they escaped all safe to land.
CHAP. XXVIII. i Paul is entertained by the barbarians. 8 He healeth many in the island.
11 They depurt towards Rome. 30 He preacheth there two years. AND when they were escaped, then they knew that the
island was called Melita. 2 And the barbarous people shewed as no little kindness : for they kindled a tire, and received 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 he 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 Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.
8 9 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
9 So when this was done, others also which had diseases in the island came, and were healed :
10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary. 11 9 And after three months we departed in a ship of H h 3
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 Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:
14 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 me 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 pation 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.
29. But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for 28 concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against
23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came nżany to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning
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 some 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:
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, and 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, ao man forbidding him.
The Epistle of PAUL the Apostle to the ROMANS.
CHAP. XII. 3 Pride forbidden. 6 Several duties enjoined.
venge specially forbidden. I
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
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man that is amongst you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think ; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the mięasure 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 I Having then 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, with cheerfulness.
9. Let love be 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 persecute you : bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits,
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather. give place unto wrath : for it is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will repay, saith the Lord.
90 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coala of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
CHAP. XIII. 1 Of duties to magistrates. 8 Love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 Against gluttony, drunkenness, and the worka
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every soul be subject unto the 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 havė praise of the same :
4 For he is the mmister 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.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also : for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing,
7 Render therefore to all their dues : tribute, to whom 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 witness; Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 | And that, knowing the time, that now it is high