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Acts 28


 1 And when they were come safe, then they knew that the Isle was called (a) Melita.


(a) That is it which at this day we call Malta.


 2 And the Barbarians shewed us no little kindness, for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present shower, and because of the cold.


 3  (1) And when Paul had gathered a number of sticks, and laid them on the (*) fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and leaped on his hand.


(1) The godly are sure to have danger upon danger, but they have always a glorious issue.

(*) Or, heap.


 4  (2) Now when the Barbarians saw the worm hang on his hand, they said among themselves, This man surely is a (*) murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet (b) (♣) Vengeance hath not suffered to live.


(2) Although adversity be the punishment of sin, yet seeing that God in punishing of men doth not always respect sin, they judge rashly, who either do not wait for the end, or do judge and esteem of men according to prosperity or adversity.

(*) Such is the perverse judgment of men, that they condemn such as they see in any affliction.
(b) Right and reason.

(♣) Whom they made a goddess and called her Dice or Nemesis.


 5 But he shook off the worm into the fire, and felt no harm.


 6 Howbeit they waited when he should have (c) swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly, (3) but after they had looked a great while, and saw no inconvenience come to him, they changed their minds, and said, That he was a (*) god.


(c) The Greek word signifieth, to be inflamed, or to swell; moreover Dioscorides in his sixth book 6 chapter 38; witnesseth that the biting of a viper causeth a swelling of the body, and so saith Nicander, in his remedies against poisons.
(3) There is nothing more inconstant every way, than they which are ignorant of true religion.

(*) Behold the extremity of these infidels, and how much they are bent to superstition; for after one rage and error they fell into another.


 7  (4) In the same quarters, the chief man of the Isle (whose name was Publius) had possessions, the same received us, and lodged us three days courteously.


(4) It never yet repented any man, that received the servant of God, were he never so miserable and poor.


 8 And so it was, that the father of Publius lay sick of the fever, and of a bloody flux, to whom Paul entered in, and when he prayed, he laid his hands on him, and healed him.


 9  (5) When this then was done, others also in the Isle, which had diseases, came to him, and were healed,


(5) Although Paul were a captive, yet the virtue of God was not captive.


 10  (6) Which also did us great honor; and when we departed, they laded us with things necessary.


(6) God doeth well to strangers for his children's sake.  


 11  ∂ (7) Now after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the Isle, whose (d) badge was (*) Castor and Pollux.


(7) Idols do not defile the Saints, which do in no way consent unto them.
(d) So they used to deck the forepart of their ships, where upon the ships were called by such names.

(*) These the Paynims feigned to be Jupiterís children, and gods of the sea.


 12 And when we arrived at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.


 13 And from thence we set a compass, and came to Rhegium, and after one day, the South wind blew, and we came the second day to Puteoli;


 14  (8) Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days, and so we went toward Rome.


(8) God boweth and bendeth the hearts even of profane men, as it pleaseth him to favor his.


 15  ∂ (9) And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us at the (e) Market of Appius, and at the (*) Three (♣) taverns, whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and waxed bold.


(9) God never suffereth his to be afflicted above their strength.
(e) Appius way, was a pavement made by Appius the blind with the help of his soldiers, long and broad, and runneth out toward the sea, and there were three taverns in it.

(*) These places were distant from Rome a days journey, or there about.

(♣) Or, shops.


 16 So when we came to Rome, the Centurion delivered the prisoners to the general Captain, but Paul was (*) suffered to dwell by (f) himself with a soldier that kept him.


(*) No doubt the Captain understood both by Festusí letters, and also by the report of the under captain that Paul had committed no fault.

(f) Not in a common prison, but in a house which he hired for himself.


 17  (10) And the third day after, Paul called the chief of the Jews together, and when they were come, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or Laws of the fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.


(10) Paul in every place remembereth himself to be an Apostle.


 18 Who when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.


 19  (11) But when the Jews spake contrary, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar, not because I had ought to accuse my nation of.


(11) We may use the means which God giveth us, but so that we seek the glory of God, and not ourselves.


 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you, for that hope (*) of Israelís sake, I am bound with this chain.


(*) That is, for Jesus Christís cause, whom they had long looked for as he that should be the redeemer of the world.


 21 Then they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judea concerning thee, neither came any of the brethren that shewed or spake any evil of thee.


 22 But we will hear of thee what thou thinkest; for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.


 23  (12) And when they had appointed him a day, there came many unto him into his lodging, to whom he expounded, and (g) testified the (*) kingdom of God, and persuading unto them those things concerning Jesus, both out of the Law of Moses, and out of the Prophets, from morning to night.


(12) The law and the Gospel agree well together.
(g) By good reasons, and proved that the kingdom of God foretold them by the Prophets, was come.

(*) That this kingdom, which was spoken of by the Prophets, was offered unto them by the coming of Christ.


 24  (13) And some were persuaded with the things which were spoken, and some believed not.


(13) The Gospel is a savor of life to them that believe, and a savor of death to them that be disobedient.


 25 Therefore when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, to wit, Well spake the holy Ghost by Isaiah the Prophet unto our fathers,


 26  (14) Saying, (*) (♣) Go unto this people, and say, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive.


(14) The unbelievers do willingly resist the truth, and yet not by chance.

(*) Isaiah 6:9; Matthew 13:14; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; John 12:40; Romans 11:8 .

(♣) Hereby the hearts of the infidels ought to be mollified, and the weaklings confirmed that they be not offended by the stubbornness, of the wicked.


 27 For the heart of this people is waxed fat, and their ears are dull of hearing, and with their eyes have they (h) winked, lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and should return that I might (*) heal them.


(h) They made as though they saw not that which they saw against their wills; yea they did see, but they would not see.

(*) The word of God healeth when the virtue of the Spirit is joined with it; and it is preached generally, that all might be inexcusable.


 28  (15) Be it known therefore unto you, that this salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles, and they shall hear it.


(15) The unbelief of the reprobate and castaways cannot cause the truth of God to be of none effect.


 29  (16) And when he had said these things, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.


(16) Not the Gospel, but the contempt of the Gospel is the cause of strife and debate.


 30  (17) And Paul remained two years full in a house hired for himself, and received all that came in unto him,


(17) The word of God cannot be bound.


 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all boldness of speech, without let. 



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