29Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”30The king rose, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them.31After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”32Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
1When 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.2We 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.3The 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.4From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.5When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia.6There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board.7We 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.8We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.9Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them,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.”11But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.12Since 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.13When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.