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Chapter Overview
1Paul, after his shipwreck, is kindly entertained of the barbarians.
5The viper on his hand hurts him not.
8He heals many diseases in the island.
11They depart towards Rome.
17He declares to the Jews the cause of his coming.
24After his preaching some were persuaded, and some believed not.
30Yet he preaches there two years.
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Chapter 28

Verse 1
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.

the island

Verse 2
And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
4; Romans 1:14; 1 Corinthians 14:11; Colossians 3:11
27:3; Leviticus 19:18,34; Proverbs 24:11,12; Matthew 10:42; Luke 10:30-37; Romans 2:14,15,27; Hebrews 13:2
Ezra 10:9; John 18:18; 2 Corinthians 11:27

Verse 3
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.
Job 20:16; Isaiah 30:6; 41:24; 59:5; Matthew 3:7; 12:34; 23:33
4; Amos 5:19; 2 Corinthians 6:9; 11:23

Verse 4
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 vengeance suffereth not to live.
5; Genesis 3:1; Isaiah 13:21,22; 43:20; Zephaniah 2:15
No doubt
Luke 13:2,4; John 7:24; 9:1,2
a murderer
Genesis 4:8-11; 9:5,6; 42:21,22; Numbers 35:31-34; Proverbs 28:17; Isaiah 26:21; Matthew 23:35; 27:25; Revelation 21:8

Verse 5
And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
Numbers 21:6-9; Psalms 91:13; Mark 16:18; Luke 10:19; John 3:14,15; Romans 16:20; Revelation 9:3,4

Verse 6
Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: 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.
12:22; 14:11-13; Matthew 21:9; 27:22

Verse 7
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.
the chief
13:7; 18:12; 23:24
2; Matthew 10:40,41; Luke 19:6-9

Verse 8
And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
the father
Mark 1:30,31
9:40; 1 Kings 17:20-22; James 5:14-16
9:17,18; 19:11,12; Matthew 9:18; Mark 6:5; 7:32; 16:18; Luke 4:40; 13:13
and healed
Matthew 10:1,8; Luke 9:1-3; 10:8,9; 1 Corinthians 12:9,28

Verse 9
So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:
5:12,15; Matthew 4:24; Mark 6:54-56

Verse 10
Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
Matthew 15:5,6; 1 Thessalonians 2:6; 1 Timothy 5:3,4,17,18
2 Kings 8:9; Ezra 7:27; Matthew 6:31-34; 10:8-10; 2 Corinthians 8:2-6; 9:5-11; Philippians 4:11,12,19

Verse 11
And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
A.M. 4067. A.D. 63.
a ship
6:9; 27:6
Isaiah 45:20; Jonah 1:5,16; 1 Corinthians 8:4

Verse 12
And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
Syracuse was the capital of Sicily, situated on the eastern side of the island, 72 miles S. by E. of Messina, and about 112 of Palermo. In its ancient state of splendour it was 22« in extent, according to Strabo; and such was its opulence, that when the Romans took it, they found more riches than they did at Carthage.

Verse 13
And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:
Rhegium, now Reggio, was a maritime city and promontory in Italy, opposite Messina.
the south
Puteoli, now Puzzuoli, is an ancient sea-port of Campania, in the kingdom of Naples, about eight miles S. W. of that city, standing upon a hill in a creek opposite to Baiae.

Verse 14
Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome.
we found
9:42,43; 19:1; 21:4,7,8; Psalms 119:63; Matthew 10:11
and were
20:6; Genesis 7:4; 8:10-12

Verse 15
And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.
10:25; 21:5; Exodus 4:14; John 12:13; Romans 15:24; Galatians 4:14; Hebrews 13:3; 3 John 1:6-8
Appii forum
Appii Forum, now Borgo Longo, was an ancient city of the Volsci, fifty miles S. of Rome.
The three taverns
The Three Taverns was a place in the Appian Way, thirty miles from Rome.
he thanked
Joshua 1:6,7,9; 1 Samuel 30:6; Psalms 27:14; 1 Corinthians 12:21,22; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 7:5-7; 1 Thessalonians 3:7

Verse 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 himself with a soldier that kept him.
Rome, the capital of Italy, and once of the whole world, is situated on the banks of the Tiber, about sixteen miles from the sea; 410 miles S. S .E. of Vienna, 600 S. E. of Paris, 730 E. by N. of Madrid, 760 W. of Constantinople, and 780 S. E. of London.
2:10; 18:2; 19:21; 23:11; Romans 1:7-15; 15:22-29; Revelation 17:9,18
the centurion
Genesis 37:36; 2 Kings 25:8; Jeremiah 40:2
30,31; 24:23; 27:3; Genesis 39:21-23

Verse 17
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 Romans.
23:1-11; 24:10-16; 25:8,10; Genesis 40:15
21:33-40; 23:33

Verse 18
Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
22:24,25,30; 24:10,22; 25:7,8; 26:31

Verse 19
But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
I was
25:10-12,21,25; 26:32
Romans 12:19-21; 1 Peter 2:22,23

Verse 20
For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
this cause
17; 10:29,33
for the
23:6; 24:15; 26:6,7
this chain
That is, the chain with which he was bound to the "soldier that kept him;" (ver. 16;) a mode of custody which Dr. Lardner has shown was in use among the Romans. It is in exact conformity, therefore, with the truth of St. Paul's situation at this time, that he declares himself to be "an ambassador in a chain," [en halusis
26:29; Ephesians 3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Philippians 1:13; Colossians 4:18; 2 Timothy 1:10; 2:9; Philemon 1:10,13

Verse 21
And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
Exodus 11:7; Isaiah 41:11; 50:8; 54:17

Verse 22
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
16:20,21; 17:6,7; 24:5,6,14; Luke 2:34; 1 Peter 2:12; 3:16; 4:14-16
5:17; 15:5; 26:5; 1 Corinthians 11:19; *marg:

Verse 23
And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and 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.
there came
Philemon 1:2
he expounded
17:2,3; 18:4,28; 19:8; 26:22,23
26:6,22; Luke 24:26,27,44
20:9-11; John 4:34

Verse 24
And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
13:48-50; 14:4; 17:4,5; 18:6-8; 19:8,9; Romans 3:3; 11:4-6

Verse 25
And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Matthew 15:7; Mark 7:6; 2 Peter 1:21

Verse 26
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
Isaiah 6:9,10; Ezekiel 12:2; Matthew 13:14,15; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; John 12:38-40; Romans 11:8-10
Deuteronomy 29:4; Psalms 81:11,12; Isaiah 29:10,14; 42:19,20; 66:4; Jeremiah 5:21; Ezekiel 3:6,7; 12:2; Mark 8:17,18; Luke 24:25,45; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

Verse 28
Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
it known
2:14; 4:10; 13:38; Ezekiel 36:32
the salvation
Psalms 98:2,3; Isaiah 49:6; 52:10; Lamentations 3:26; Luke 2:30-32; 3:6
11:18; 13:46,47; 14:27; 15:14,17; 18:6; 22:21; 26:17,18; Matthew 21:41-43; Romans 3:29,30; 4:11; 11:11; 15:8-16

Verse 29
And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
great reasoning
25; Matthew 10:34-36; Luke 12:51; John 7:40-53

Verse 30
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
St. Paul, after his release, is supposed to have visited JudŠa, in the way to which he left Titus at Crete, (Tit 1:5,) and then returned through Syria, Cilicia, Asia Minor, and Greece, to Rome; where, according to primitive tradition, he was beheaded by order of Nero, A.D. 66, at Aquae Saiviae, three miles from Rome, and interred in the Via Ostensis, two miles from the city, where Constantine erected a church.

Verse 31
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
A.M. 4069. A.D. 65. Preaching.
23; 8:12; 20:25; Matthew 4:23; Mark 1:14; Luke 8:1
and teaching
5:42; 23:11
4:29,31; Ephesians 6:19,20; Philippians 1:14; Colossians 4:3,4; 2 Timothy 4:17

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Acts 28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". <>.  


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