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Acts 27:14-44 (New American Standard)

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Shipwreck

14 But before very long there 1rushed down from athe land a violent wind, called bEuraquilo; 15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along. 16 Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship's cboat under control. 17 After they had hoisted it up, they used dsupporting cables in undergirding the ship; and fearing that they might 2run aground on the shallows of Syrtis, they let down the esea anchor and in this way let themselves be driven along. 18 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, fthey began to 3jettison the cargo; 19 and on the third day they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 Since 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. 21 gWhen they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, "4Men, you ought to have hfollowed my advice and not to have set sail from 5Crete and iincurred this 6damage and loss. 22 "Yet now I urge you to 7keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 "For this very night 8an angel of the God to whom I belong and 9whom I serve 10stood before me, 24 saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; 11you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you 12all those who are sailing with you.' 25 "Therefore, 13keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that jit will turn out exactly as I have been told. 26 "But we must 14run aground on a certain 15island." 27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors began to surmise that kthey were approaching some land. 28 They 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. 29 Fearing that we might 16run aground somewhere on the lrocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and mwished for daybreak. 30 But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down 17the ship's boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved." 32 Then the soldiers cut away the 18ropes of the ship's boat and let it fall away. 33 Until 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. 34 "Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for 19not a hair from the head of any of you will perish." 35 Having said this, he took bread and 20gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 36 All 21of them nwere encouraged and they themselves also took food. 37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six o22persons. 38 When they had eaten enough , they began to lighten the ship by 23throwing out the wheat into the sea. 39 When day came, 24they pcould 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. 40 And casting off 25the 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. 41 But striking a qreef 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. 42 The soldiers' plan was to 26kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, 27wanting to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should rjump overboard first and get to land, 44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And so it happened that 28they all were brought safely to land.
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