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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. And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any
of them should swim out, and escape. But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land : And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
IN PRESERVING PAUL, WHEN A VIPER
HAD FASTENED ON HIS HAND.
Acts xxviii. 1-6.
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. 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. 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. 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. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have or fallen down dead suddenly: but after
6,"ollen, they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
IN REWARDING THE KINDNESS OF PUBLIUS, AND THE INHABITANTS OF MELITA, TO PAUL AND HIS SHIPWRECKED COMPANIONS.
Acrs xxviii, 7-10.
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. 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. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed : Who also honoured us with
many and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
IN PRIVILEGING PAUL TO PREACH THE GOSPEL FOR TWO YEARS AT ROME.
Acts xxviii. 30, 31.
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
IN COMMANDING TO BE WRITTEN FOR THE SUPPORT AND COMFORT OF THE CHURCH THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS, THE ETERNAL BLESSEDNESS OF THOSE WHO DIE IN THE LORD.
Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth : Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them,
IBOTSON AND PALMER, PRINTERS, SAVOY STREET, STRAND.