The Maltese people too learned of Christ through the preaching of Paul and the miracles which confirmed the Word He brought to them.

BibleGateway: Acts 28:1-10

ESV Text: Acts 28:1-10

Acts 28:1–10 (Listen)

Paul on Malta

28:1 After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people1 showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice2 has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly,3 and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.


[1] 28:2 Greek barbaroi (that is, non–Greek speakers); also verse 4

[2] 28:4 Or justice

[3] 28:10 Greek honored us with many honors


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:32

     1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. 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. 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. 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 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. 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. 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 laid his hands on him, and healed him. 9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: 10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 557 :
At Even When the Sun Did Set — Organ Audio

1. At even, when the sun did set, 
The sick, O Lord, around Thee lay 
Oh, in what divers pain they met! 
Oh, with what joy they went away! 

2. Once more ’tis eventide, and we, 
Oppressed with various ills, draw near. 
What if Thy form we cannot see, 
We know and feel that Thou art here. 

3. O Savior Christ, our woes dispel; 
For some are sick, and some are sad, 
And some have never loved Thee well, 
And some have lost the love they had; 

4. And some are pressed with worldly care, 
And some are tried with sinful doubt; 
And some such grievous passions tear 
That only Thou canst cast them out; 

5. And some have found the world is vain, 
Yet from the world they break not free; 
And some have friends who give them pain, 
Yet have not sought a friend in Thee; 

6. And none, O Lord, have perfect rest, 
For none are wholly free from sin; 
And they who fain would serve Thee best 
Are conscious most of wrong within. 

7. O Savior Christ, Thou too, art man; 
Thou hast been troubled, tempted, tried. 
Thy kind but searching glance can scan 
The very wounds that shame would hide. 

8. Thy touch has still its ancient power, 
No word from Thee can fruitless fall; 
Hear in this solemn evening hour 
And in Thy mercy heal us all. 

Hymn: LSB 841 O Son of God, in Galilee