ActsChapter 27

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1 And when it was determined that we should sail away for :Italy, they delivered both :Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion, Julius by name, of the Augustan band. 2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyntium, about to sail unto the places on the coast of :Asia, we put to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon: and :Julius treated :Paul kindly, and gave him leave to go unto his :friends and †refresh himself. 4 And putting to sea from thence, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5 And when we had sailed across the sea which is off :Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, of :Lycia. 6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for :Italy; and he put us therein. 7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and were come with difficulty over against :Cnidus, the wind not further suffering us, we sailed under the lee of Crētē, over against Salmōnē; 8 and with difficulty coasting along it we came unto a certain place called Fair Havens; nigh whereunto was a city, Lasea. 9 And when much time was spent, and the voyage was now dangerous, because the Fast also was now already gone by, :Paul admonished, 10 and said to them, Men, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the lading and the ship, but also of our :lives. 11 But the centurion gave more heed to the master and to the owner of the ship, than to the things spoken by Paul. 12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to put to sea thence, if by any means they could reach Phœnix, and winter there: a haven of :Crete, looking down the south-west wind and down the north-west wind. 13 And when a south wind blew softly, supposing they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along :Crete, close in shore. 14 But after no long time a tempestuous wind beat down from it, which is called Eurakylōn, 15 and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way, and were driven. 16 And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat: 17 and when they had hoisted it up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should be cast upon the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and so were driven. 18 And as we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to throw overboard; 19 and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of the ship. 20 And when neither sun nor stars shone upon us for many days, and no small storm lay on, all hope that we should be saved was now taken away. 21 And when they had been long without food, then :Paul stood forth in their midst, and said, O, men, ye should have hearkened to me, and not have set sail from :Crete, and have gotten this :injury and :loss. 22 And :now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for no loss of life shall be among you, but of the ship. 23 For this :night stood by me an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I serve, 24 saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Cæsar: and lo, :God hath granted thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, men, be of good cheer: for I believe :God, that it shall be even so as it hath been spoken to me. 26 But we must be cast upon a certain island. 27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven to and fro in the Hadrian Sea, about :midnight the sailors surmised they were drawing near to some country: 28 and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms; and after a little space they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms. 29 And fearing lest haply we be cast on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and †wished for the day. 30 And as the sailors were seeking to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, under color as though they would lay out anchors from the foreship, 31 :Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, YE cannot be saved. 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let her †fall off. 33 And while day was coming on, :Paul besought all to partake of food, saying, Today is the fourteenth day that ye wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Wherefore I beseech you to partake of food: for this is for your :safety: for not a hair shall perish from the head of any of you. 35 And when he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to :God in the presence of all; and he brake it, and began to eat. 36 Then were all of good cheer, and themselves also took food. 37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen :souls. 38 And when they had food enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the grain into the sea. 39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they perceived a certain bay with a beach, and they took counsel whether they could bring the ship safe to shore. 40 And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosing the bands of the rudders; and hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41 But lighting upon a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the foreship struck and remained unmovable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves. 42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest anyone swim out, and escape. 43 But the centurion, desiring to save :Paul, stayed them from their purpose; and commanded that they who could swim should jump overboard, and get first to the land; 44 and the rest, some on planks, and others on some things :from the ship. And so it came to pass, that all escaped safe to the land.

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