13When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.14Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island.15The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.16As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure,17so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along.18We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.19On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.20When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.21After they 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.22But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.23Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me24and 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.’25So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.26Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”
27On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land.28They 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.29Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.30In 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.31Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.”32So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away.33Just 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.34Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”35After 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.36They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.37Altogether there were 276 of us on board.38When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.39When 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.40Cutting 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.41But 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.42The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping.43But 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.44The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.
1The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.2One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.3The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was.4Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.”5And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.6Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.8A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.9So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.10The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”11And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.12At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end.13For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.14Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”15Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision,16but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.”17“What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.”18So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.”19The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.20And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD.21The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.4Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.6Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.8Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.9Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.10Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.15Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.17My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.18May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.