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ACTS XXVII.

He foretels
next day they light-
ened the ship;

19 And the third day e we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.

20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and i loss.

A. D. 62.

e Jon. 1. 5. f ch. 23. 11. Da. 6. 22.

He. 1. 14.

Re. 22. 16.

g ch. 16. 17. Ps. 143.12. Da. 3. 26.

h

& 6. 16.

28.

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22 And now I ex-ver. 24— * Such a hort you to be of good cheer for there God's angels shall be no loss of have often any man's life among you, but of the ship.

23 f For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and g whom I serve;

brought to his people. See Dan. 10.

12. 19.

Ma. 2. 10. Lu. 28. 5.

ancients

ver. 27i.e. In the 24 Saying, Fear Adriatic Sea: so the not, Paul; thou must be brought before called all Cæsar: and, lo, God that part of hath given thee all the Mediterthem that sail with ranean Sea which lay thee. south of

25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer:

Italy.

the shipwreck.

for h I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

i we

26 Howbeit must be cast upon a Certain island.

27 But when the fourteenth night was Come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they

drew near to some country;

28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.

29 Then fearing lest they should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,

31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes

They land ACTS XXVII. of the boat, and let A. D. 62. her fall off.

Ma. 10.30.
Lu. 12. 7.
& 21. 18.

33 And while the k 1 Ki. 1.52. day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, say-11 ing, This day is the. fourteenth day that ye have tarried and, continued fasting,

having

thing.

taken

no

34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat for this is for m your health: for there k shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

Sa. 9. 13.
Ma. 15. 36.

Mar. 8. 6.

Lu. 24. 30.
Jno. 6. 11.
23.

Ro. 14. 6
1 Co.10.30,
31.

1 Ti. 4. 3,4.
ch. 2. 41.
& 7. 14.
Ro. 13. 1.
1 Pe. 3. 20.
+ Or, cut the
anchors, they

35 And when he left them in had thus spoken, he the sea, &c. took bread, and gaven 2 Co.11.25. thanks to God in pre-o ver. 22. sence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began

to eat.

36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some

meat.

Ps. 107.

30.

2 Co. 1. 8.

ver. 43

This could not have been thought of, had not 37 And we were in the Roman all in the ship two it, or had it laws allowed hundred threescore not been and sixteen m souls. sometimes 38 And when they done. So that had eaten enough, they lightened the ing policy ship, and cast out the disgraced wheat into the sea. the jurispru39 And when it was dence of the day, they knew not renowned the land: but they See Scott. Romans.discovered a certain.

this cruel and unfeel

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to

creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, thrust in the ship. 40 And when they taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed

had

the

rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.

42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape, 43 But the centuPaul, kept them from rion, willing to save their purpose ;* and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:

44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, "that

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ACTS XXVIII.

they escaped all safe, A. D. 62. to land.

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3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle g Ma. 15. 6. of sticks, and laid. 1 Ti. 5. 17. them on the fire, there came a viper out of ver. 1the heat, and fastened on his hand.

The name of this island

is taken from

And when the honey barbarians saw the it being favenomous beast hang mous for its on his hand, they said produce of among honey. The themselves, place on the No doubt this man is island where a murderer, whom, Paul was though he hath es driven on caped the sea, yet shore, is to this day vengeance suffereth still shewn not to live. to travellers, 5 And he shook off and called the beast into the fire, St. Paul's and felt no harm. shore or haven. The po6 Howbeit they pulation is looked when he stated to be should have swollen, above 90,000. or fallen down dead

by a viper. but after

suddenly
they had looked a
great while, and saw
no harm come to him,
they changed their
minds, and d said that
he was a god.

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.

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 flaid his hands on him, and healed him.

9 So when this was done, others also, in the island, came, which had diseases and were healed:

10 Who also honoured us with many honours ; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were neces

sary.

11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

12 And landing at

Paul arrives

ACTS XXVIII.

Syracuse, we tarried A. D. 63. there three days.

& 27. 3.

ch. 24. 12.

& 25.8.

k

ch. 21. 33. ch. 22. 24.

13 And from thence h ch. 24. 25. we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to: Puteoli:

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

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.

& 24. 10.
& 25.8.
& 26. 31.
m ch. 25. 11.

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ch. 26.6,7.
ch. 26. 29.

Ep. 3. 1.
& 4. 1.
& 6. 20.

2 Ti. 1. 16.
& 2. 9.
Phi, 10.13.

ch. 24. 5.

14.

1 Pe. 2. 12.
& 4. 14.

at Rome.

committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet k was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19 But when the Jews spake against it, m I was constrained to appeal unto Cæsar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.

20 For this cause

Lu. 2. 34. therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you? because that n for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.*

ver. 15-
*There is no

certain ac16 And when we count, by came to Rome, the whom Chriscenturion delivered tianity was the prisoners to the planted at Rome; but captain of the guard: but Paul was suf- some inhabifered to dwell by tants of that himself with a soldier city were at Jerusalem on that kept him. the day of Pentecost.

See Ac. 2.10.
ver. 20-

17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews to- A chain gether: and when being fastenthey were come to- ed to his gether, he said unto wrist, and to them, Men and brethren, though I have i

the soldier's

arm.

21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judæa concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.

22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where Pit is spoken against.

23 And when they had appointed him a

ACTS XXVIII.

A. D. 63.

q ch. 17. 3.
& 19. 8.

22.

His doctrine
day, there came many
to him into his lodg-
ing; to whom he
expounded and testi- Lu. 24. 27.
fied the kingdom ofr ch. 26. 6.
God, persuading them
concerning Jesus,s ch. 14. 4.
both out of the law & 17. 4.
of Moses, and out of
the prophets, from
morning till evening.
24 And some be-
lieved the things
which were spoken,
and some believed
not.

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,

t

& 19. 9.

Is. 6. 9.

Je. 5. 21.

Eze. 12. 2.
Ma. 13. 14,

15.

Mar. 4. 12.
Lu. S. 10.
Jno. 12.40.

Ro. 11. 8.

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ch. 13. 46,
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is rejected.

are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they 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.*

28 Be it known therefore unto you. that the salvation of God is sent " unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great rea& 26. 17, soning among themselves.

& 18. 6.
& 22. 21.

18.

Ma. 21.41.

43.

Ro. 11.11.

ch. 4. 31.
Ep. 6. 19.

26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, ver. 27and shall not under- i. e. They stand; and seeing ye were given shall see, and not up to a judicial blindperceive :

ness and ob

27 For the heart of duracy for this people is waxed their sins. gross, and their ears.

30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in and received all that his own hired house, came in unto him,

31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

This book forms the second part of the Gospel of St. Luke; he commences by recording the descent of the Holy Spirit, and then relates the manner in which Christianity was first promulgated; and terminates with St. Paul's imprisonment at Rome. Mack night observes respecting this book, that the learned have had an opportunity of examining its historical facts, and have found them confirmed by the best contemporary heathen writers, whose works still remain. It was written about 30 or 31 years after our Lord's crucifixion, and has been unversally received by the Christian church in all ages; it is quoted by almost every Christian writer, and thereby its authenticity and importance are confirmed.

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