Acts 27:35

35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.

Acts 27:35 in Other Translations

KJV
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
ESV
35 And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.
NLT
35 Then he took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it.
MSG
35 He broke the bread, gave thanks to God, passed it around,
CSB
35 After he said these things and had taken some bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

Acts 27:35 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 27:35

And when he had thus spoken he took bread
A piece of bread, of common bread, into his hands; for this could never be the eucharist, or Lord's supper, which the apostle now celebrated, as some have suggested, but such sort of bread that seafaring men commonly eat: mention is before made of "meat" or "food", which the apostle entreated them to take, which includes every sort of sea provisions they had with them; and which, with the ancients, were usually the following: it is certain they used to carry bread corn along with them, either crude, or ground, or baked; the former when they went long voyages, the last when shorter ones; and it is plain that they had wheat in this ship, which after they had eaten they cast out, ( Acts 27:38 ) and corn ground, or meal, they had used to eat moistened with water, and sometimes with oil, and sometimes with oil and wine; and they had a sort of food they called "maza" which was made of meat and milk; likewise they used to carry onions and garlic, which the rowers usually ate, and were thought to be good against change of places and water; and they were wont to make a sort of soup of cheese, onions and eggs, which the Greeks call "muttootos", and the Latins "mosetum"; and they had also bread which was of a red colour, being hard baked and scorched in the oven, yea it was "biscoctus", twice baked F24; as our modern sea biscuit is, and which has its name from hence, and which for long voyages is four times baked, and prepared six months before the voyage is entered on; and such sort of red bread or biscuit very probably was this, which the apostle now took into his hands, and did with it as follows:

and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all:
and for them all, as Christ did at ordinary meals, ( Matthew 14:19 ) ( 15:36 ) .

and when he had broken it he began to eat:
which was all agreeably to the custom and manner of the Jews, who first gave thanks, and then said "Amen", at giving of thanks; when he that gave thanks brake and ate first: for he that brake the bread might not break it until the "Amen" was finished by all that answered by it, at giving of thanks; and no one might eat anything until he that brake, first tasted and ate F25.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 Vid. Scheffer. de Militia Navali Veterum, l. 4. c. 1. p. 252, 253, 254.
F25 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 47. 1. Zohar in Num. fol. 100. 3.

Acts 27:35 In-Context

33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything.
34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”
35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.
36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.
37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 14:19