Understanding the Scriptures
|Contrary (v. 4)||Blowing in the wrong direction|
|The fast (v. 9)||The day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)|
|Admonished (v. 9)||Warned|
|Commodious (v. 12)||Comfortable, suitable|
|Undergirding the ship (v. 17)||Tying ropes under the ship|
|Long abstinence (v. 21)||Long time without food|
|Sounded (v. 28)||Dropped a rope to measure the depth of water|
|Twenty fathoms (v. 28)||100–120 feet (36.5 meters); one fathom is six feet (1.8 meters)|
|Under colour (v. 30)||Pretending|
|Threescore (v. 37)||Sixty; one score is twenty|
|Melita (v. 1)||Malta|
|Barbarous people, barbarians (vv. 2, 4)||Those people were called barbarous because they spoke neither Greek nor Latin, not because they were uncivilized.|
|Viper (v. 3)||Poisonous snake|
|Vengeance (v. 4)||God’s justice|
|Laded (v. 10)||Supplied|
|Suffered (v. 16)||Allowed, permitted|
|Constrained (v. 19)||Forced by circumstances, of necessity|
|This sect (v. 22)||Christianity, the Church of Jesus Christ|
Acts 28:30—The Final Years of Paul’s Life
We learn from other sources that Paul was tried and released after two years in Rome. He visited several more places in his missionary efforts, perhaps traveling as far as Spain. After about four years he was arrested again and taken to Rome. He was martyred there, probably in the spring of A.D. 65. (See Bible Dictionary, “Paul,” pp. 742–43.)
Studying the Scriptures
Do the following activity as you study Acts 27–28.
Paul, a Tireless Missionary
Paul’s journey to Rome was full of challenges but he turned them into opportunities.
Acts 27–28 tells how Paul took many opportunities to teach and bless others. Describe each opportunity in your notebook and list the blessings that came to Paul and to others because of his faith and courage.
Think back over all you have learned about the Apostle Paul and describe one characteristic or quality he had that impressed you. Give at least one example from Paul’s life that illustrates that quality.
What could you do to better develop that quality in your own life?