Acts 27

And when it was determined that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan cohort. And boarding a ship of Adramyttium, we put out to sea, meaning to sail to ports on the coast of Asia; and Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. The next day we put in at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him liberty to go to his friends, that they might care for him. And when we had put out to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. And when we had sailed over the sea by the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing to Italy; and he put us aboard. And when we had sailed slowly for many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, the wind would not allow us to go on, so we sailed under the lee of Crete, off Salmone; And, with difficulty passing it, came to a place which is called The fair havens; near the city of Lasea. Much time had been spent, and the sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was already past, so Paul admonished them, 10 And said to them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be disastrous, with much damage, not only to the cargo and ship, but also to our lives. 11 But the centurion believed the pilot and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. 12 And because the haven was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to put out to sea from there, in hopes of reaching Phoenix, a harbour of Crete, which faces toward the southwest and northwest, and wintering there. 13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor, and sailed close along the shore of Crete. 14 But not long after there arose a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster. 15 And when the ship was caught, and could not make headway into the wind, we let her be driven along. 16 And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we had much work to secure the ship's boat. 17 When they had taken it up, they used ropes to undergird the ship; and, fearing lest they should run into the sandbars of Syrtis, let down the sea anchor, and so were driven along. 18 As we were exceedingly tossed by the tempest, the next day they threw the cargo overboard; 19 And the third day they cast out the ship's tackle with their own hands. 20 And when neither sun nor stars appeared in many days, and no small tempest lay upon us, all hope that we should be saved was abandoned. 21 Then as they had been long without food, Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Men, you should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete, and incurred this damage and loss. 22 But now I encourage you to be of good cheer; for there shall be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 23 For this night there stood before me an angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Do not fear, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God has given you all those who sail with you. 25 Therefore, men, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be exactly as I was told. 26 Yet we must be cast upon a certain island. 27 But when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven about on the Sea of Adria, about midnight the sailors sensed that they were approaching land; 28 And took soundings, and found the water was twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it was fifteen fathoms. 29 Then fearing lest we should run upon the rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. 30 As the sailors were about to flee the ship, and had let down the ship's boat into the sea, pretending they would cast out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved. 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes to the boat, and let her fall away. 33 And when day was coming on, Paul begged them all to take food, saying, Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and in fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take food; this is for your strength. Not a hair shall perish from the head of any of you. 35 And when he had spoken thus, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. 36 Then they were all of good cheer, and they also took some food. 37 In all, there were two hundred and seventy-six of us in the ship. 38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship by casting the wheat into the sea. 39 And when it was day, they did not recognize the land: but they saw a certain bay with a beach, onto which they intended, if it were possible, to drive the ship. 40 So they cast off the anchors, and left them in the sea, and loosening the rudder ropes, they hoisted the foresail to the wind, and made for the beach. 41 But striking a sandbar, they ran the ship aground; and the bow stuck fast, and remained immovable, and the stern was broken apart by the violence of the waves. 42 And the soldiers planned to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away, and escape. 43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that those who could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: 44 Then the rest should follow, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they all escaped safely to land.
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