Acts 27

Paul Is Sent to Rome

1When 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.
2And 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.
3The 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. 4From there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of n  Cyprus because o  the winds were contrary. 5When we had sailed through the sea along the coast of p  Cilicia and q  Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. 6There the centurion found an r  Alexandrian ship sailing for s  Italy, and he put us aboard it. 7When 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; 8and with difficulty v  sailing past it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.

9When 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,
10and 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.” 11But 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.
12Because 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.


14But before very long there af  rushed down from
Lit it
the land a violent wind, called
I.e. a northeaster
15and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along. 16Running 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.
17After 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.
18The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed
Lit they were doing a throwing out
they began to an  jettison the cargo;
19and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20Since 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.
22Yet 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. 23For this very night av  an angel of the God to whom I belong and aw  whom I serve ax  stood before me, 24saying, ‘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.’ 25Therefore, 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.
26But we must bc  run aground on a certain bd  island.”

27But 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.
28They 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. 29Fearing 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.
30But 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, 31Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.” 32Then the soldiers cut away the bj  ropes of the ship’s boat and let it fall away.

33Until 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. 34Therefore 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.” 35Having said this, he took bread and bl  gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 36All bm  of them
Lit became cheerful
were encouraged and they themselves also took food.
37All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six
Lit souls
bp  persons.
38When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by bq  throwing out the wheat into the sea.

39When 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.
40And 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. 41But 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.
42The soldiers’ plan was to bv  kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape; 43but 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,
44and 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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