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11 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. 

 

Having stayed on the island of Malta for three months, the ship’s crew and passengers left for Rome 

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After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. 

The shipwrecked crew engaged an Alexandrian ship called Twin Brothers, wintering on the island, ready to sail to Rome. The twin brothers referred to Castor and Pollux, sons of Zeus in Greek mythology. They were presumed gods of protection for ships.  

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And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. 

The Alexandrian ship stopped at Syracuse for three days. Syracuse was the capital of Sicily. 

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From there we circled round and reached Rhegium.  

From Syracuse, the vessel came to Rhegium for one day. This city was on the southern tip of Italy.  

And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli, 

After a favorable south wind began to blow, they arrived the next day in Puteoli, 130 miles south of Rome.  

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where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. 

Paul and his fellow Christians found other believers in Puteoli and stayed with them for seven days. Then they went to Rome from there.  

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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. 

Having arrived in the vicinity of Rome, Paul thanked God when he met fellow Christians in Appii Forum and Three Inns (30 miles from Rome proper).  

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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. 

Arriving in Rome, the centurion placed Paul under house arrest with a single soldier to guard him.  

PRINCIPLE: 

Fellow Christians are never strangers.  

APPLICATION: 

Christians came down the Appian Way to the precinct of Rome in two groups to meet the apostle. One group was from Appius and the other from Three Inns (or Taverns). The first group traveled 43 miles to meet Paul, and the other traveled 33 miles.  These people supported Paul and prayed for him. There is something special about fellowship with other believers who share one’s eternal values.   

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