The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 28:1–10

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And when they were rescued, then they learned that the island was called Malta.

And after we had escaped, we then realized that the island was called Malta. Yet truly, the natives offered us no small amount of humane treatment.

AFTERWARDS they learned that the island was called MelÆi-ta.

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And the natives were showing us extraordinary kindness; for having kindled a fire they accepted us all into [their] society, because of the rain which had begun, and because of the cold.

And the barbarians showed us no common kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.

For they refreshed us all by kindling a fire, because rain was imminent and because of the cold.

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But when Paul had gathered a large bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper having come out because of the heat, fastened on his hand.

And Paul picked up a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire and a scorpion driven by the heat, came out and bit his hand.

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And when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "Certainly this man is a murderer, whom though he was rescued from the sea, justice does not permit to continue living."

And truly, when the natives saw the beast hanging from his hand, they were saying to one another: “Certainly, this man must be a murderer, for though he escaped from the sea, vengeance will not permit him to live.”

And when the barbarians saw it hanging from his hand, they said, It may be that this man is a murderer, whom though he has been rescued from the sea, yet justice does not permit him to live.

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Then, having shaken off the creature into the fire, he suffered nothing harmful.

Howbeit he shook off the creature into the fire, and took no harm.

But Paul shook his hand and threw the viper into the fire, and felt no harm.

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And they were expecting him to be about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited for a long time and observed nothing unusual happening to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

However, the barbarians expected he would immediately swell up and fall to the ground dead: but after they had waited for a long while, and saw he had not been harmed, they changed their talk, and said that he was a god.

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Now in the areas around that place were pieces of land [belonging] to the leading citizen of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us, and received us hospitably as guests for three days.

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.

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And it came to pass that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery, to whom Paul came in and prayed, and laying his hands on him, healed him.

Then it happened that the father of Publius lay ill with a fever and with dysentery. Paul entered to him, and when he had prayed and had laid his hands on him, he saved him.

But the father of PubÆli-us was sick with fever and dysentery: so Paul went in to where he was lying and prayed, then he laid his hand on him and healed him.

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Then after this happened, also the rest who were ill on the island were coming to him and were being healed,

And when this was done, the rest also that had diseases in the island came, and were cured

So when this was done, others also sick in the island, came, and were healed.

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10  who also honored us with many honors, and when we put to sea, they gave us the things that we needed.

10  And then they also presented us with many honors. And when we were ready to set sail, they gave us whatever we needed.

10  The inhabitants honored us with great honors: and when we departed from thence, they ladened us with provisions.