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Acts 27

Paul Is Sent to Rome

1 When it was decided that 1we 2would sail for 3Italy, they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan 4cohort named Julius.
2 And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of 5Asia, we put out to sea accompanied * by 6Aristarchus, a 7Macedonian of 8Thessalonica.
3 The next day we put in at 9Sidon; and Julius 10treated Paul with consideration and 11allowed him to go to his friends and receive care.
4 From there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of 12Cyprus because 13the winds were contrary.
5 When we had sailed through the sea along the coast of 14Cilicia and 15Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia.
7 When we had sailed slowly for a good many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, 18since the wind did not permit us to go farther, we sailed under the shelter of 19Crete, off Salmone;
8 and with difficulty 20sailing past it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.
9 When considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, since even 21the fast was already over, Paul began to admonish them,
10 and said to them, "Men, I perceive that the voyage will certainly be with 22damage and great loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives."
11 But the centurion was more persuaded by the 23pilot and the captain of the ship than by what was being said by Paul.
12 Because the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority reached a decision to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of 24Crete, facing southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
13 When a moderate south wind came up, supposing that they had attained their purpose, they weighed anchor and began 25sailing along 26Crete, close inshore.


14 But before * very long there 27rushed down from the land a violent wind, called Euraquilo;
15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along.
16 Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat under control.
17 After they had hoisted it up, they used supporting cables in undergirding the ship; and fearing that they might 28run aground on the shallows of Syrtis, they let down the sea anchor and in this way let themselves be driven along.
18 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to 29jettison the cargo;
19 and on the third day they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands.
20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.
21 When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, "30Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from 31Crete and incurred this 32damage and loss.
22 "Yet now I urge you to 33keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23 "For this very night 34an angel of the God to whom I belong and 35whom I serve 36stood before me,
24 saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; 37you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you 38all those who are sailing with you.'
25 "Therefore, 39keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly * * as I have been told.
26 "But we must 40run aground on a certain 41island."
27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight * the sailors began to surmise that they were approaching some land.
28 They took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms.
29 Fearing that we might 42run aground somewhere on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and wished for daybreak.
30 But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down 43the ship's boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow,
31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless * these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot * be saved."
32 Then the soldiers cut away the 44ropes of the ship's boat and let it fall away.
33 Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing.
34 "Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for 45not a hair from the head of any of you will perish."
35 Having said this, he took bread and 46gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat.
36 All 47of them were encouraged and they themselves also took food.
37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six * 48persons.
38 When they had eaten enough *, they began to lighten the ship by 49throwing out the wheat into the sea.
39 When day came, 50they could not recognize the land; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the ship onto it if they could.
40 And casting off 51the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach.
41 But striking a reef where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves.
42 The soldiers' plan was to 52kill the prisoners, so that none * of them would swim away and escape;
43 but the centurion, 53wanting to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land,
44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others * on various things from the ship. And so it happened that 54they all were brought safely to land.
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