Malta (Melita)
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Malta (Melita)
Bible Meaning: Honey
Strong's Concordance #G3194

Melita, used only in the New Testament (Acts 28:1), is another name for the island of Malta.

Island of Malta (Melita) in the New Testament Map

The Apostle Paul, during his fourth missionary journey, finds himself shipwrecked on the Mediterranean Sea. This predicament took place because the owners of the ship foolishly choose to sail during the dangerous and tumultuous fall season (Acts 27).

In spite of the foolhardy decision, God promised Paul that He and all the passengers of the ship would be saved (Acts 27:21 - 25). The vessel ultimately ran aground near the island of Malta (Melita) where the passengers were close enough to swim to safety.

Where did they land?

The Bible does not record the name of any city or port where Apostle Paul's vessel ran aground and split apart. Tradition, however, places the shipwreck in a bay near the back of Malta called St. Paul's Bay.

Apostle Paul, after a three-month stay on Malta that saw countless miracles performed, sailed for Italy in a ship called the Castor and Pollux.

Important verses

Acts 27:39 - 41, 28:1
And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.

And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves . . .

And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita (Malta).

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