Paul and the Snakebite ashore on Malta, Acts 28:1-6

Paul was bitten by a snake Oct AD59 – Feb AD60 – Acts 28:1-10

They have just come ashore from a shipwreck where the ship was lost but everybody survived. An angel of God told Paul everybody would be saved.

Poisonous snake attacks and bites him, but he suffers no ill effects, to the amazement of the onlookers. Even a poisonous snake could not stop Paul getting to Rome.

The local islanders said Paul must have been a murder but when he did not die they said Paul must be a god.

Later on, Paul heals the father of a high official and cures the ills of all the sick islanders and spends the winter with them.

Background Reading:

Paul Ashore on the Island of Malta

28:1 When we were safely on shore, we learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The people who lived there were unusually kind to us. It had started to rain and was cold, so they started a bonfire and invited us to join them around it. 3 Paul gathered a bundle of sticks and put it on the fire. A poisonous snake was forced out by the heat and attached itself to Paul’s hand. 4 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.” 5 But he shook the snake into the fire and wasn’t harmed. 6 They were expecting him to swell up or suddenly drop dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
Acts 28:1-6

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