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followed, some on planks and some on other things from the ship. In this way they all got safely to land. After we had escaped we found that the island was called Malta.
THE END OF PAUL'S LONG JOURNEY
The natives of the island showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because of the pouring rain and the cold. Now Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and was laying it on the fire when a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, fast­ened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "Surely this man is a mur­derer; although he has been saved from the sea, justice will not let him live." But he shook the creature off into the fire and was un­hurt. They expected that he would at once swell up or fall down dead; but after they had waited a long time and saw that no harm had come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
On the part of the island wThere we landed there was an estate belonging to Publius the governor. He welcomed us and entertained us most generously for three days. Now it happened that the father of Publius was lying ill from fever and dysentery. So Paul went to see him and prayed, and, laying his hands on him, cured him. After this the other sick people in the island came and were cured. They also presented us with many gifts, and when we sailed, they put on board everything we needed.
After three months we set sail on a ship from Alexandria called "The Twin Brothers," which had wintered at the island. We put in at Syracuse, and remained there three days. Then we tacked around and came to Rhegium. The next day a south wind sprang up, and we arrived on the following day at Puteoli, where wre found Christian brothers who asked us to spend a week with them, and so we reached Rome.
The brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Market of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
When w*e reached Rome, Paul received permission to live by him­self with the soldier who guarded him. Three days after our arrival, Paul invited the leading Jews to meet him and said to them,
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