Acts 28:10

10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.

Acts 28:10 in Other Translations

10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.
10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.
10 As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip.
10 We spent a wonderful three months on Malta. They treated us royally, took care of all our needs and outfitted us for the rest of the journey.
10 So they heaped many honors on us, and when we sailed, they gave us what we needed.

Acts 28:10 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 28:10

Who also honoured us with many honours
Not with divine honours, with religious adorations, as if they had been so many deities; for these they would not have received, nor have recorded them, to the commendation of the inhabitants; but civil honours, expressions of respect and gratitude; and particularly gifts and presents, large and valuable, in which sense the phrase is used by Jewish writers; so upon those words in ( Judges 13:17 ) . "What is thy name, that when the sayings come to pass, we may do thee honour?" they make this paraphrase F26,

``Manoah said to him (the angel), tell me thy name, that I may inquire where to find thee, when thy prophecy is fulfilled, and give thee (Nrwd) , "a gift", (hxnm ala Kwndbkw) (Nyaw) , "for there is no honour but a present", or "offering"; or wherever this phrase is used, it signifies nothing else but a gift, as it is said, ( Numbers 22:17 ) . "For honouring I will honour thee":''

that is, with money and gifts, as Balaam's answer in the next verse shows, and so the Jewish commentators interpret it F1; (See Gill on 1 Timothy 5:17);

And when we departed;
from the island, which was not till three months from their first coming ashore:

they laded [us] with such things as were necessary;
that is, for the voyage: they provided a proper supply of food for them, which they put into the strip, for their use in their voyage; by which they expressed their gratitude for the favours they received from Paul; for whose sake not only his company, but the whole ship's company fared the better: and very likely many of them were converted under the apostle's ministry; for it can hardly be thought that the apostle should be on this island three months, as he was, and not preach the Gospel to the inhabitants of it, in which he always met with success, more or less; and the great respect shown him at his departure seems to confirm this; though we meet with no account of any church, or churches, or preachers of the word in this place, in ecclesiastical history, until the "sixth" century, when mention is made of a bishop of the island of Melita F2; indeed in the "fourth" century, Optatus Milevitanus is said by some, through mistake; to be bishop of Melita, when he was bishop of Milevis, a city in Africa upon the continent; and, through a like mistake, this island is said to be famous for a council held in it under Pope Innocent, against Pelagius, in the beginning of the "fifth" century; when the council was held at the above place Milevis, and not at Melita, from whence it was called the Milevitan council.


F26 Bemidbar Rabba, sect. 10. fol. 199. 1. Vid. Laniado in Judg. xvii. 13.
F1 Jarchi & Aben Ezra in loc.
F2 Magdeburg. Eccl. Hist. cent. 6. c. 2. p. 5.

Acts 28:10 In-Context

8 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.
9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.
12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.

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