Acts 27

And when it was determined that we should sail away into Italy, they committed both Paul and certain other prisoners to the centurion, Julius by name, of the band of Augustus. And having embarked on an Adramyttium ship, about to sail to those places along Asia, we set sail; Aristarchus, the Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. And on the following day we disembarked at Sidon; and Julius, treating Paul kindly, permitted him having gone to his friends to receive their benefactions. And having embarked from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary: and having sailed through the sea which is opposite Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came down into Myra of Lycia. And there the centurion having found an Alexandrian ship sailing into Italy; transferred us into it. And sailing slowly during many days, and were come with difficulty over against Cnidus, the wind not favoring us, we sailed under Crete, opposite Salmone; and, with difficulty passing by it, we came into a certain place called Fair Havens, near to which was the city Lasea. And much time passing away, and navigation being already unsafe, because the Fast had already passed by, Paul exhorted them, 10 saying to them, Men, I perceive that this voyage is going to be with peril and much loss, not only with the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives. 11 But the centurion trusted the pilot and midshipman, rather than the things spoken by Paul. 12 And the harbor being unsafe for spending the winter, most of them projected to the council to depart thence, if perchance they might be able, having arrived into Phoenix, to spend the winter there; a harbor of Crete, looking toward the southeast and the northeast. 13 And the south wind blowing, thinking they could achieve their purpose, lifting up a sail, they went coasting along near Crete. 14 Not long afterward a typhonic wind, called Euraquilo, set in against her; 15 and the ship having been seized, and being unable to resist the wind, having given away to it, we were borne along. 16 And running under a certain island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get possession of the boat: 17 which lifting up they used helps, under-girding the ship; and fearing lest they might fall into Syrtis, lowering the gear, they were thus carried along. 18 And we being tossed violently by the storm, they were successively making the casting out, 19 and on the third day with their own hands they threw overboard the tackling of the ship; 20 and neither sun nor stars appearing for many days, and there being no small tempest on us, finally all hope of saving us was taken away. 21 And there being much fasting, Paul standing in their midst, said, O men, truly it behooved you obeying me, not to depart from Crete, and incur this injury and loss. 22 And now I exhort you to take courage: for there will be no loss of the life of you, except the ship. 23 For the angel of God, whose I am, and whom indeed I serve, stood by me this night, 24 saying, Fear not, Paul; for it behooveth thee to stand before Caesar: and, behold, God has given thee all those sailing along with thee. 25 Therefore cheer up, O men: for I believe God, that it shall be according to the manner which He has spoken to me. 26 But it behooves us to fall upon a certain island. 27 And when it was the fourteenth night, we being borne along in the Adriatic Sea, about the middle of the night the sailors surmised that some country was coming to them. 28 And having sounded, they found it twenty fathoms; and moving on a short distance, and sounding again, they found it fifteen fathoms; 29 and fearing lest they may fall out against rough places, casting four anchors from the stern, they were praying that the day should come. 30 And the sailors seeking to escape from the ship, and lowering the boat into the sea, with a pretext as about to cast anchors from the prow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, Unless these may remain in the ship, you are not able to be saved. 32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes away from the boat, and let it fall out. 33 But until the day was about to come, Paul exhorted all to take food, saying, Already this day you remain in a state of solicitude, the fourteenth day, receiving nothing. 34 Therefore I exhort you to take food: for this is for your safety: for not a hair of your head shall perish. 35 And having spoken these words, and taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and breaking it, began to eat. 36 And all becoming cheerful, themselves also took food. 37 And we were two hundred and seventy-six souls in the ship. 38 And having been revived by the food, they lightened the ship, casting the wheat over into the sea. 39 And when it was day, they did not recognize the land: but discovered a certain gulf having a shore, into which they determined, if possible, to thrust out the ship. 40 And having knocked off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosing the bands of the rudders, and raising up the main sail to the blowing wind, they made for the shore. 41 And having fallen into a place where two seas met, they broke the ship, and indeed the prow, sticking fast, remained motionless, but the stern was torn off by the violence (of the wind). 42 And the counsel of the soldiers was that they should kill the prisoners, lest some one, having outswum them, might escape: 43 but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, forbade them from their counsel; and commanded that those who were able to swim, having first thrown themselves overboard, to go to the land; 44 and the rest, some on planks, and others on some parts from the ship. And thus it came to pass that all came safe to the land.
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