Acts 27:42

42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping.

Read Acts 27:42 Using Other Translations

And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.
The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape.
The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn’t swim ashore and escape.

What does Acts 27:42 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Acts 27:42

And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners
Paul, and the rest: this they had not only an inclination to, but they declared it, and gave it as their opinion, and what they thought advisable to be done directly:

lest any of them should swim out and escape;
and they should be accountable for them: but this was dreadful wickedness in them to seek to take away the lives of others, when they themselves were in so much danger; and monstrous ingratitude to the Apostle Paul, who had been so much concerned for their lives, and careful of them, and had been the means of saving them, and for whose sake they were saved: the devil must have had a great hand in this.

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