28:1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called a Melita.
(a) That place which we today call Malta.
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.
(1) The godly are sure to have danger upon
danger, but they alway have a glorious outcome.
28:4 2 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 b vengeance suffereth not to
(2) Although adversity is the punishment of sin,
yet seeing that God in punishing men does not always punish because of sin,
they judge rashly who either do not wait for the end, or who judge and esteem
of men according to prosperity or adversity.
(b) Right and proper.
28:6 Howbeit they looked when
he should have c swollen, or fallen down
dead suddenly: 3 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.
(c) The Greek word signifies to be inflamed or to
swell: moreover, Dioscorides in his sixth book, chap. 38, witnesses that the
biting of a viper causes a swelling of the body, and so says Nicander, in his
remedies against poisons. (3) There are none who
are more changing in every way than they who are ignorant of true religion.
28:7 4 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.
(4) It never yet was a regret to any man who
received the servant of God, were he ever so miserable and poor.
So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and
(5) Although Paul was a captive, yet the power of
God was not captive.
28:10 6 Who
also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded [us] with
such things as were necessary.
(6) God does well to strangers for his
28:11 7 And
after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in
the isle, whose d sign was Castor and
(7) Idols do not defile the saints, who do in no
way give consent of them.
(d) So they used to deck the front part of their
ships, because of which their ships were called by such names.
Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so
we went toward Rome.
(8) God bows and bends the hearts even of profane
men, as it pleases him to show favour to his own.
28:15 9 And
from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as e
Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took
(9) God never allows his own to be afflicted
beyond their strength.
(e) Appius was a paved road made by Appius the
blind, with the help of his soldiers, long and broad, and it ran out towards
the sea, and there were three taverns on it.
28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion
delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to
dwell by f himself with a soldier that
(f) Not in a common prison, but in a house which
he rented for himself.
And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews
together: and when they were come together, 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
(10) Paul in every place remembers himself to be
But when the Jews spake against [it], I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar;
not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
(11) We may use the means which God gives us, but
in such a way that we seek the glory of God, and not of ourselves.
12 And when they had appointed him a
day, there came many to him into [his] lodging; to whom he expounded and g
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.
(12) The Law and the Gospel agree well together.
(g) With good reasons, and proved that the
kingdom of God foretold to them by the Prophets had come.
And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
(13) The Gospel is a taste of life to those that
believe, and a taste of death to those that are disobedient.
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not
understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
(14) The unbelievers willingly resist the truth,
and yet not by chance.
28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they h
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.
(h) They made as though they did not see that
which they saw against their desires: yea, they did see, but they would not
28:28 15 Be
it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the
Gentiles, and [that] they will hear it.
(15) The unbelief of the reprobate and castaways
cannot cause the truth of God to be of no effect.
And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning
(16) Not the Gospel, but the contempt of the
Gospel is the cause of strife and debate.
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that
came in unto him,
(17) The word of God cannot be bound.