Acts 27:23-33 NIV

23 Last night an angel1 of the God whose I am and whom I serve2 stood beside me3

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24 and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar;4 and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.'5

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25 So keep up your courage,6 men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.7

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      26 Nevertheless, we must run aground8 on some island."9

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          The Shipwreck

          27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatica Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land.

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            • b 27:27 - In ancient times the name referred to an area extending well south of Italy.
              28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feetb deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feetc deep.

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                • c 27:28 - Greek "twenty orguias" (about 37 meters)
                • d 27:28 - Greek "fifteen orguias" (about 27 meters)
                  29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.
                  30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat10 down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow.

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                      31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved."11

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                          32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away.
                          33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. "For the last fourteen days," he said, "you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food--you haven't eaten anything.