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Acts 27 (Lexham English Bible)

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Paul and His Associates Sail for Rome

1 And when it was decided [that] we would sail away to Italy, they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion {named}a Julius of the Augustanb Cohort. 2 And we went aboard a ship from Adramyttium that was about to sail to the places along the [coast]c of Asiad [and]e put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. 3 And on the next [day], we put in at Sidon. And Julius, treating Paul kindly, allowed [him]f to go to [his]g friends {to be cared for}.h 4 And from there we put out to sea [and]i sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against [us].j 5 And [after we]k had sailed across the open sea along Cilicia and Pamphylia, we put in at Myra in Lycia. 6 And there the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy [and]l put us {on board}m it. 7 And sailing slowly, in many days and with difficulty we camen to Cnidus. [Because]o the wind did not permit us to go further, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8 And sailing along its coast with difficulty, we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near which was the town [of] Lasea. 9 And [because]p considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fastq was already over, Paul strongly recommended, 10 saying to them, "Men, I perceive that the voyage is going {to end}r with disaster and great loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives!" 11 But the centurion was convinced even more by the shipmaster and the shipowner than by what was said by Paul. 12 And [because]s the harbor was unsuitable for spending the winter in, the majority decided on a plan to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could arrive at Phoenix, a harbor of Crete facing toward the southwest and toward the northwest, to spend the winter [there].t

A Violent Storm at Sea

13 And [when]u a southwest wind began to blow gently, [because they]v thought [they] could accomplish their purpose, they weighed anchor [and]w sailed close along Crete. 14 But not long afterward a wind like a hurricane, called the northeaster,x rushed down from it.y 15 And [when]z the ship was caught and [was] not able to head into the wind, we gave way [and]aa were driven [along]. 16 And running under the lee of a certain small island called Cauda, we were able with difficulty to get the ship's boat under control. 17 [After]bb hoisting {it up},cc they made use of supports to undergird the ship. And [because they]dd were afraid lest they run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor [and]ee thus were driven [along]. 18 And [because]ff we were violently battered by the storm, on the next [day] {they began}gg jettisoning [the cargo],hh 19 and on the third [day] they threw overboard the gear of the ship with their own hands. 20 But [when]ii neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and [with] not a little bad weather confronting [us],jj finally all hope was abandoned [that] we would be saved. 21 And [because]kk many were experiencing lack of appetite, at that time Paul stood up in their midst [and]ll said, "Men, [you] ought to have followed my [advice] not to put out to sea from Crete, and [thus] avoided this damage and loss! 22 And now I urge you to cheer up, for there will be no loss of life from among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve came to me, 24 saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul! It is necessary [for] you to stand before Caesar, and behold, God has graciously granted you all who are sailing with you.' 25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will be like this--according to {the}mm way it was told to me. 26 But it is necessary [that] we run aground on some island." 27 And when the fourteenth night had come, [as]nn we were being driven in the Adriatic Sea about the middle of the night, the sailors suspected {they were approaching some land}.oo 28 And taking soundings, they found twenty fathoms. So going on a little [further] and taking soundings again, they found fifteen fathoms. 29 And [because they]pp were afraid lest somewhere we run aground against rough places, they threw down four anchors from the stern [and]qq prayed for day to come. 30 And [when]rr the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship's boat into the sea, pretending as if they were going to lay out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these [men] remain with the ship, you cannot be saved!" 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship's boat and let it fall away.ss 33 And until the day was about to come, Paul was urging [them] all to take [some] food, saying, "Today [is the] fourteenth day you have waited [anxiously], [and]tt you have continued without eating, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take [some] food, for this is necessary for your preservation. For not a hair from your head will be lost." 35 And [after he]uu said these [things] and took bread, he gave thanks to God in front of [them] all, and [after]vv breaking [it],ww he began to eat. 36 So they all werexx encouraged and partook of food themselves. 37 (Now we were [in] all two hundred seventy six persons on the ship.) 38 And [when they]yy had eaten their fill of food, they lightened the ship [by]zz throwing the wheat52 into the sea.

The Shipwreck

39 Now when day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay having a beach, onto which they decided to run the ship ashore if they could. 40 And slipping the anchors, they left [them]53 in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes54 of the steering oars. And hoisting the foresail to the [wind] that was blowing, they held course for the beach. 41 But falling into a place of crosscurrents,55 they ran the ship aground. And the bow stuck fast [and]56 stayed immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence.57 42 Now the plan of the soldiers was that they would kill the prisoners lest any escape [by]58 swimming away, 43 but the centurion, [because he]59 wanted to save Paul, prevented them {from doing what they intended},60 and gave orders [that] those who were able to swim should jump in first to get to the land, 44 and [then] the rest, [some] of whom [floated]61 on planks and [some] of whom on anything [that was] from the ship. And in this way all were brought safely to the land.
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