But when the fourteenthnightcame, as we were being drivenabout in the Adriatic Sea, aboutmidnight the sailors began to surmise that athey were approachingsomeland.
They tooksoundings and found it to be twentyfathoms ; and a littlefarther on they tookanothersounding and found it to be fifteenfathoms.
29Fearing that we might 1runagroundsomewhere on the brocks, they castfouranchors from the stern and cwished for daybreak.
But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had letdown2the ship's boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow,
31Paulsaid to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unlessthesemenremain in the ship, you yourselvescannot be saved."
32Then the soldierscutaway the 3ropes of the ship's boat and let it fallaway.
33Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, "Today is the fourteenthday that you have been constantlywatching and going withouteating, having takennothing.
34"Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for 4not a hair from the head of any of you will perish."
Having saidthis, he tookbread and 5gavethanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat.
36All6of them dwere encouraged and they themselves also tookfood.
37All of us in the ship were twohundred and seventy-sixe7persons.
When they had eatenenough , they began to lighten the ship by 8throwing out the wheat into the sea.
39Whendaycame, 9they fcould not recognize the land ; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the shiponto it if they could.
And castingoff10the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the sametime they were loosening the ropes of the rudders ; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach.
But striking a greefwheretwoseasmet, they ran the vesselaground ; and the prowstuckfast and remainedimmovable, but the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves.
The soldiers'plan was to 11kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swimaway and escape ;
but the centurion, 12wanting to bringPaulsafelythrough, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who couldswim should hjumpoverboardfirst and get to land,
and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on variousthings from the ship. And so it happened that 13they all were broughtsafely to land.