Acts 27

Paul Is Sent to Rome

When it was decided that a we b would sail for c Italy, they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan
Or battalion
e cohort named Julius.
And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of
I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
g Asia, we put out to sea accompanied by h Aristarchus, a i Macedonian of j Thessalonica.
The next day we put in at k Sidon; and Julius l treated Paul with consideration and m allowed him to go to his friends and receive care. From there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of n Cyprus because o the winds were contrary. When we had sailed through the sea along the coast of p Cilicia and q Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found an r Alexandrian ship sailing for s Italy, and he put us aboard it. When we had sailed slowly for a good many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus t since the wind did not permit us to go farther, we sailed under the shelter of u Crete, off Salmone; and with difficulty v sailing past it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.

When considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, since even w the
I.e. Day of Atonement in September or October, which was a dangerous time of year for navigation
fast was already over, Paul began to admonish them,
10 and said to them, “Men, I perceive that the voyage will certainly be with y damage and great loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 11 But the centurion was more persuaded by the z pilot and the
Or owner
captain of the ship than by what was being said by Paul.
12 Because the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority reached a decision to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of ab Crete, facing southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.

Lit a south wind having gently blown
When a moderate south wind came up, supposing that they had attained their purpose, they weighed anchor and began ad sailing along ae Crete, close inshore.


14 But before very long there af rushed down from
Lit it
the land a violent wind, called
I.e. a northeaster
15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along. 16 Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship’s
Or skiff: a small boat in tow or carried on board for emergency use, transportation to and from shore, etc.
boat under control.
17 After they had hoisted it up, they used
Lit helps
supporting cables in undergirding the ship; and fearing that they might ak run aground on the shallows of Syrtis, they let down the
Or gear
sea anchor and in this way let themselves be driven along.
18 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed
Lit they were doing a throwing out
they began to an jettison the cargo;
19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.

Lit there being much abstinence from food
When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said ap Men, you ought to have
Lit obeyed me
followed my advice and not to have set sail from ar Crete and
Lit gained
incurred this at damage and loss.
22 Yet now I urge you to au keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night av an angel of the God to whom I belong and aw whom I serve ax stood before me, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; ay you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you az all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore, ba keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that
Lit it will be
it will turn out exactly as I have been told.
26 But we must bc run aground on a certain bd island.”

27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors began to surmise that
Lit some land was approaching them
they were approaching some land.
28 They took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms. 29 Fearing that we might bf run aground somewhere on the
Lit rough places
rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and
Lit they were praying for it to become day
wished for daybreak.
30 But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down bi the ship’s boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the bj ropes of the ship’s boat and let it fall away.

33 Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for bk not a hair from the head of any of you will perish.” 35 Having said this, he took bread and bl gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 36 All bm of them
Lit became cheerful
were encouraged and they themselves also took food.
37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six
Lit souls
bp persons.
38 When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by bq throwing out the wheat into the sea.

39 When day came br they
Lit were not recognizing
could not recognize the land; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the ship onto it if they could.
40 And casting off bt the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach. 41 But striking a
Lit place
reef where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves.
42 The soldiers’ plan was to bv kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion bw wanting to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should
Lit throw themselves
jump overboard first and get to land,
44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And so it happened that by they all were brought safely to land.
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