When neither sun nor stars shone upon us (mhte hliou mhte astrwn epipainontwn). Genitive absolute again. For many days (epi pleiona hmera). For more days than a few. No small tempest (ceimono ouk oligou). Litotes again. All hope that we should be saved was now taken away (loipon perihreito elpi pasa tou swzesqai hma). "For the rest (or future) there began to be taken from around us (perihreito inchoative imperfect and see use of the verb in 2Co 13:16 of the veil) all hope of the being saved so far as we were concerned." Despair was beginning to settle like a fog on all their hopes. Had Paul lost hope?