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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 28:5


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    King James Bible - Acts 28:5

    And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

    World English Bible

    However he shook off the creature into the
    fire, and wasn't harmed.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 28:5

    And he indeed shaking off the beast into the
    fire, suffered no harm.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And he shook off the animal into the
    fire, and felt no harm.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    3588 T-NSM μεν 3303 PRT ουν 3767 CONJ αποτιναξας 660 5660 V-AAP-NSM το 3588 T-ASN θηριον 2342 N-ASN εις 1519 PREP το 3588 T-ASN πυρ 4442 N-ASN επαθεν 3958 5627 V-2AAI-3S ουδεν 3762 A-ASN κακον 2556 A-ASN

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    VERSE (5) -
    Nu 21:6-9 Ps 91:13 Mr 16:18 Lu 10:19 Joh 3:14,15 Ro 16:20

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 28:5

    Mas l, sacudiendo la bestia en el fuego, ningn mal padeci.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 28:5

    Verse 5. Shook off the
    beast into the fire, and felt no harm.] This is a presumptive evidence that the viper did not bite St. Paul: it fastened on his hand, but had no power to injure him.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 5. And he shook off the
    beast into the fire , etc.] Having held it a while, and as being master of it, and as not being afraid of it, though it was the ready way to provoke it to fasten on him again: and felt no harm ; it having not bit him, nor infected him with its poison; and hereby was fulfilled what our Lord promised to his disciples, ( Mark 16:18); Ver. 6. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen , etc.] With the venomous bite of the viper; swelling is one of the symptoms following the bite of this creature; and if the bite does not issue in death, yet the swelling continues inflamed for some time. The symptoms following the bite of a viper are said to be an acute pain in the place wounded; swelling, first red, afterwards livid, spreading by degrees; great faintness; a quick, low, and sometimes interrupted pulse; sickness at the stomach; bilious convulsions: vomiting; cold sweats; sometimes pains about the navel; and death itself, if the strength of the patient, or the slightness of the bite, do not overcome it: if he does overcome it, the swelling continues inflamed for some time; and the symptoms abating, from the wound runs a sanious liquor, little pustules are raised about it, and the colour of the skin is as if the patient were icterical or jaundice; or had the jaundice: the Arabic and Ethiopic versions render it, that he should burn, or burnt; that is, inflamed, for the bite of the viper causes an inflammation, a hot swelling, which rises up in pustules or blisters: or fallen down dead suddenly ; for immediate death is sometimes the effect of such poison. Pliny relates, that the Scythians dip their arrows in the sanies or corrupt matter of vipers, and in human blood, which by the least touch causes immediate death; and Pausanias reports from a certain Phoenician, that a man fleeing from a viper got up into a tree, where the viper could not reach him, but it blew, or breathed out its poison on the tree, and the man immediately died: though the force of this creatures poison does not always, and in all places, and in all persons operate alike; some die within a few hours, and others live some days, some to the third day, and some to the seventh f1338 : but after they had looked a great while ; upon the apostle, to observe whether any inflammation or swelling arose, or death ensued, as they expected: when they had waited some time, perhaps an hour or two, and saw no harm come to him ; that he was neither inflamed, nor swelled, nor dead; that it had no manner of effect upon him, and no evil of punishment was inflicted on him hereby, from whence they could conclude that he was guilty of any notorious crime: they changed their minds, and said that he was a god : before they took him to be a murderer, and now they even ascribe deity to him, as was usual with the Gentiles, when anything extraordinary was performed by men: so the Lystrians took Paul for Mercury, and Barnabas for Jupiter, upon the apostles curing the cripple, ( Acts 14:11,12); but what god the inhabitants of Melita thought him to be, is not certain; some think Hercules, who was worshipped in this island. The inhabitants of this island now believe that the apostle expelled all poison and venom out of it when he was there; and it is reported, that the children born in this place fear not any snakes, neither are hurt by anything that is venomous, insomuch that they will take scorpions, and eat them without danger; although, in all other parts of the world, those kind of creatures are most pernicious, and yet do no manner of hurt to men in this island; yea, it is affirmed, that there is a sort of earth found here, which kills serpents: as for the eating of them, the viper itself may be eaten; most authors agree f1339 , that there is no part, humour, or excrement, not even the gall itself, of a viper, but may be swallowed without much harm; accordingly the ancients, and, as several authors assure us, the Indians at this day, both of the east and west, eat them as we do eels vipers flesh either roasted or boiled, physicians unanimously prescribe as an excellent restorative, particularly in the elephantiasis, incurable consumptions, leprosy, etc.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-10 -
    God can make strangers to be friends; friends in distress. Those wh are despised for homely manners, are often more friendly than the mor polished; and the conduct of heathens, or persons called barbarians condemns many in civilized nations, professing to be Christians. The people thought that Paul was a murderer, and that the viper was sent by Divine justice, to be the avenger of blood. They knew that there is God who governs the world, so that things do not come to pass by chance, no, not the smallest event, but all by Divine direction; an that evil pursues sinners; that there are good works which God wil reward, and wicked works which he will punish. Also, that murder is dreadful crime, one which shall not long go unpunished. But the thought all wicked people were punished in this life. Though some ar made examples in this world, to prove that there is a God and Providence, yet many are left unpunished, to prove that there is judgment to come. They also thought all who were remarkably afflicte in this life were wicked people. Divine revelation sets this matter in a true light. Good men often are greatly afflicted in this life, for the trial and increase of their faith and patience. Observe Paul' deliverance from the danger. And thus in the strength of the grace of Christ, believers shake off the temptations of Satan, with holy resolution. When we despise the censures and reproaches of men, an look upon them with holy contempt, having the testimony of ou consciences for us, then, like Paul, we shake off the viper into the fire. It does us no harm, except we are kept by it from our duty. God hereby made Paul remarkable among these people, and so made way for the receiving of the gospel. The Lord raises up friends for his people in every place whither he leads them, and makes them blessings to those in affliction.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    3588 T-NSM μεν 3303 PRT ουν 3767 CONJ αποτιναξας 660 5660 V-AAP-NSM το 3588 T-ASN θηριον 2342 N-ASN εις 1519 PREP το 3588 T-ASN πυρ 4442 N-ASN επαθεν 3958 5627 V-2AAI-3S ουδεν 3762 A-ASN κακον 2556 A-ASN

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    5. The
    beast (to qhrion). Luke uses the word in the same way as the medical writers, who employed it to denote venomous serpents, and particularly the viper; so much so that an antidote, made chiefly from the flesh of vipers, was termed qhriakh. A curious bit of etymological history attaches to this latter word. From it came the Latin theriaca, of which our treacle (molasses) is a corruption. Treacle, therefore, is originally a preparation of viper's flesh, and was used later of any antidote. Thus Coverdale's translation of Jer. viii. 22 has, "There is no more treacle in Gilead." Gurnall ("Christian in Complete Armor") says: "The saints' experiences help them to a sovereign treacle made of the scorpion's own flesh (which they through Christ have slain), and that hath a virtue above all other to expel the venom of Satan's temptations from the heart." So Jeremy Taylor: "We kill the viper and make treacle of him."

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    28:5 {Shook off} (apotinaxas). First aorist
    active participle of apotinassw, to shake off. Rare word (Euripides, Galen, LXX). In N.T. only here and #Lu 9:5.


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