Arrival at Rome

After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 13 From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli, 14 where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. 15 And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.

16 Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him. — Acts 28:11-16.

During the travels on the way to Rome, Paul enjoys fellowship with some Christian brothers at Puteoli. The seven-day stay with them is an encouragement and blessing to Paul. Paul is thankful and encouraged to be met by fellow Christians en route to Rome.

Arriving at Rome, Paul and the other prisoners are delivered to the captain of the guard. Paul is allowed to dwell on his own, with a guarding soldier. This degree of freedom will be used for the gospel! [Source: The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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