Acts 28:4
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New International Version
When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, "This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live."

New Living Translation
The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, "A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live."

English Standard Version
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, Justice has not allowed him to live.”

Berean Study Bible
When the islanders saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "Surely this man is a murderer. Although he was saved from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live."

Berean Literal Bible
And when the natives saw the beast hanging from his hand, they began to say to one another, "By all means this man is a murderer whom, having been saved from the sea, Justice has not permitted to live."

New American Standard Bible
When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live."

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the local people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "This man is probably a murderer, and though he has escaped the sea, Justice does not allow him to live!"

International Standard Version
When the people who lived there saw the snake hanging from his hand, they told one another, "This man must be a murderer! He may have escaped from the sea, but Justice won't let him live."

NET Bible
When the local people saw the creature hanging from Paul's hand, they said to one another, "No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself has not allowed him to live!"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when the Barbarians saw it hanging on his hand, they were saying, “Perhaps this man is a murderer who, while he has escaped from the sea, justice would not let live.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the people who lived on the island saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, "This man must be a murderer! He may have escaped from the sea, but justice won't let him live."

New American Standard 1977
And when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
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 has escaped the sea, yet vengeance does not suffer him to live.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the natives saw the creature hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice allows not to live.

American King James Version
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 has escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffers not to live.

American Standard Version
And when the barbarians saw the venomous creature hanging from his hand, they said one to another, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped from the sea, yet Justice hath not suffered to live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging on his hand, they said one to another: Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, who though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance doth not suffer him to live.

Darby Bible Translation
And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging from his hand, they said to one another, This man is certainly a murderer, whom, [though] saved out of the sea, Nemesis has not allowed to live.

English Revised Version
And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging from his hand, they said one to another, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped from the sea, yet Justice hath not suffered to live.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the barbarians saw the animal 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.

Weymouth New Testament
When the natives saw the creature hanging to his hand, they said to one another, "Beyond doubt this man is a murderer, for, though saved from the sea, unerring Justice does not permit him to live."

World English Bible
When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said one to another, "No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped from the sea, yet Justice has not allowed to live."

Young's Literal Translation
And when the foreigners saw the beast hanging from his hand, they said unto one another, 'Certainly this man is a murderer, whom, having been saved out of the sea, the justice did not suffer to live;'
Study Bible
Ashore on Malta
3Paul gathered a bundle of sticks, and as he laid them on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself to his hand. 4When the islanders saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “Surely this man is a murderer. Although he was saved from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5But Paul shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.…
Word Study

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A foreigner, one who speaks neither Greek nor Latin; as adj: foreign. Of uncertain derivation; a foreigner.

Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Properly: a wild beast, hence: any animal; met: a brute. Diminutive from the same as thera; a dangerous animal.

To hang, hang up, suspend; mid: To be hanging, hang. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to hang.

From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

A hand.

they began to say
elegon (V-IIA-3P)
Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

One another, each other. Genitive plural from allos reduplicated; one another.

“By all means
Pantōs (Adv)
Wholly, entirely, in every way, by all means, certainly. Adverb from pas; entirely; specially, at all events, in no event.

This; he, she, it.

A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

a murderer
phoneus (N-NMS)
A murderer.

Who, which, what, that.

having been saved
diasōthenta (V-APP-AMS)
From dia and sozo; to save thoroughly, i.e. to cure, preserve, rescue, etc.

From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Probably prolonged from hals; the sea.

Probably from deiknuo; right, i.e. Justice.

{has} not
ouk (Adv)
No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

To allow, permit, let alone, leave. Of uncertain affinity; to let be, i.e. Permit or leave alone.

to live.�
zēn (V-PNA)
To live, be alive. A primary verb; to live.

Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

indeed,
men (Conj)
A primary particle; properly, indicative of affirmation or concession; usually followed by a contrasted clause with de.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
28:1-10 God can make strangers to be friends; friends in distress. Those who are despised for homely manners, are often more friendly than the more 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 a 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; and that evil pursues sinners; that there are good works which God will reward, and wicked works which he will punish. Also, that murder is a dreadful crime, one which shall not long go unpunished. But they thought all wicked people were punished in this life. Though some are made examples in this world, to prove that there is a God and a Providence, yet many are left unpunished, to prove that there is a judgment to come. They also thought all who were remarkably afflicted 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's 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, and look upon them with holy contempt, having the testimony of our 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.
Cross References
Luke 13:2
To this He replied, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered this fate?

Luke 13:4
Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam collapsed on them: Do you think that they were more sinful than all the others living in Jerusalem?

John 9:2
His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

Acts 28:2
The islanders showed us extraordinary kindness. They kindled a fire and welcomed all of us because it was raining and cold.

Acts 28:3
Paul gathered a bundle of sticks, and as he laid them on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself to his hand.
Treasury of Scripture

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 has escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffers not to live.

barbarians.

Acts 28:2 And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: for they kindled …

beast.

Acts 28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which …

Isaiah 13:21,22 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall …

Isaiah 43:20 The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: …

Zephaniah 2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelled carelessly, that said in …

No doubt.

Luke 13:2,4 And Jesus answering said to them, Suppose you that these Galilaeans …

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

John 9:1,2 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth…

a murderer.

Genesis 4:8-11 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when …

Genesis 9:5,6 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of …

Genesis 42:21,22 And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our …

Numbers 35:31-34 Moreover you shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, …

Proverbs 28:17 A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to …

Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants …

Matthew 23:35 That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth…

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

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