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1 When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of an army officer named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment. 1 When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment.
2 And Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us. We left on a boat whose home port was Adramyttium; it was scheduled to make several stops at ports along the coast of the province of Asia. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us.
3 The next day when we docked at Sidon, Julius was very kind to Paul and let him go ashore to visit with friends so they could provide for his needs. 3 The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs.
4 Putting out to sea from there, we encountered headwinds that made it difficult to keep the ship on course, so we sailed north of Cyprus between the island and the mainland. 4 From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.
5 We passed along the coast of the provinces of Cilicia and Pamphylia, landing at Myra, in the province of Lycia. 5 When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia.
6 There the officer found an Egyptian ship from Alexandria that was bound for Italy, and he put us on board. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board.
7 We had several days of rough sailing, and after great difficulty we finally neared Cnidus. But the wind was against us, so we sailed down to the leeward side of Crete, past the cape of Salmone. 7 We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone.
8 We struggled along the coast with great difficulty and finally arrived at Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea. 8 We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.
9 We had lost a lot of time. The weather was becoming dangerous for long voyages by then because it was so late in the fall, and Paul spoke to the ship's officers about it. 9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. So Paul warned them,
10 "Sirs," he said, "I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on -- shipwreck, loss of cargo, injuries, and danger to our lives." 10 "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also."
11 But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship's captain and the owner than to Paul. 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.
12 And since Fair Havens was an exposed harbor -- a poor place to spend the winter -- most of the crew wanted to go to Phoenix, farther up the coast of Crete, and spend the winter there. Phoenix was a good harbor with only a southwest and northwest exposure. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.
13 When a light wind began blowing from the south, the sailors thought they could make it. So they pulled up anchor and sailed along close to shore. 13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.
14 But the weather changed abruptly, and a wind of typhoon strength (a "northeaster," they called it) caught the ship and blew it out to sea. 14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the "northeaster," swept down from the island.
15 They couldn't turn the ship into the wind, so they gave up and let it run before the gale. 15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.
16 We sailed behind a small island named Cauda, where with great difficulty we hoisted aboard the lifeboat that was being towed behind us. 16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure.
17 Then we banded the ship with ropes to strengthen the hull. The sailors were afraid of being driven across to the sandbars of Syrtis off the African coast, so they lowered the sea anchor and were thus driven before the wind. 17 When the men had hoisted it aboard, they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Fearing that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along.
18 The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard. 18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.
19 The following day they even threw out the ship's equipment and anything else they could lay their hands on. 19 On the third day, they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands.
20 The terrible storm raged unabated for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
21 No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, "Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Fair Havens. You would have avoided all this injury and loss. 21 After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: "Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss.
22 But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.
23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 23 Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me
24 and he said, 'Don't be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What's more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.' 24 and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.'
25 So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
26 But we will be shipwrecked on an island." 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island."
27 About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm, as we were being driven across the Sea of Adria, the sailors sensed land was near. 27 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land.
28 They took soundings and found the water was only 120 feet deep. A little later they sounded again and found only 90 feet. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep.
29 At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore, so they threw out four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.
30 Then the sailors tried to abandon the ship; they lowered the lifeboat as though they were going to put out anchors from the prow. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow.
31 But Paul said to the commanding officer and the soldiers, "You will all die unless the sailors stay aboard." 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved."
32 So the soldiers cut the ropes and let the boat fall off. 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away.
33 As the darkness gave way to the early morning light, Paul begged everyone to eat. "You haven't touched food for two weeks," he said. 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.
34 "Please eat something now for your own good. For not a hair of your heads will perish." 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head."
35 Then he took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it. 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.
36 Then everyone was encouraged, 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.
37 and all 276 of us began eating -- for that is the number we had aboard. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board.
38 After eating, the crew lightened the ship further by throwing the cargo of wheat overboard. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.
39 When morning dawned, they didn't recognize the coastline, but they saw a bay with a beach and wondered if they could get between the rocks and get the ship safely to shore. 39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could.
40 So they cut off the anchors and left them in the sea. Then they lowered the rudders, raised the foresail, and headed toward shore. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach.
41 But the ship hit a shoal and ran aground. The bow of the ship stuck fast, while the stern was repeatedly smashed by the force of the waves and began to break apart. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.
42 The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn't swim ashore and escape. 42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping.
43 But the commanding officer wanted to spare Paul, so he didn't let them carry out their plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land, 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul's life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land.
44 and he told the others to try for it on planks and debris from the broken ship. So everyone escaped safely ashore! 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land in safety.