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Acts 27

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 1 Now when it was determined that we would sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a Centurion named Julius of Augustus' regiment.

 2 So entering a ship from Adramyttium, we set sail, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us.

 3 The next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul courteously and gave him liberty to go to his friends and refresh himself.

 4 And when we had put out to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.

 5 Then we sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, and came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

 6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing to Italy; and put us on it.

 7 When we had sailed slowly for many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, the wind not allowing us to continue, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone.

 8 Then passing it with difficulty, we came to a place which is called The Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.

 9 Since much time had been lost, so that sailing was now dangerous because the fast [the Day of Atonement, about the beginning of October] was now past already, Paul admonished them,

 10 And said, "Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and great damage, not only to the cargo and ship, but to our lives also."

 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than the things that were spoken by Paul.

 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority also counseled to leave there, so that, if possible, they might reach Phenice and winter there; which is a harbor of Crete that faces toward the southwest and northwest.

 13 So when the south wind blew softly, thinking that they had obtained what they hoped for, they left there and sailed along Crete.

 14 But not long after, a tempestuous wind arose, called Euroclydon [northeaster].

 15 And when the ship was caught in it, and could not head into the wind, we let her drift.

 16 So running under the shelter of an island called Clauda, we were hardly able to bring the [life] boat aboard;

 17 And when they had taken it up, they used supports to under gird the ship; and fearing that they would fall into the quicksand, they lowered the sail, and so were driven along.

 18 The next day, since we were violently tossed by the storm, they began to throw the ship' cargo overboard;

 19 And the third day we threw out the ship's tackle with our own hands.

 20 And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and the storm raged on us, we lost all hope that we would be saved.

 21 But after a long abstinence from food, Paul stood up in the midst of them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete and brought on this harm and loss.

 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer; for there will be no loss of any man's life among you, but only of the ship.

 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong, and whom I serve,

 24 Saying, 'Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and God has given you all those who sail with you.'

 25 Therefore, men, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it will happen just as I have been told.

 26 However we must run aground on a certain island."

 27 Then when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors sensed that they drew near land;

 28 And sounding, they found it to be a hundred and twenty feet deep; and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it was ninety feet.

 29 Then fearing that we would be dashed on the rocks, they threw four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

 30 And as the sailors were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea under pretense that they would cast anchors out of the bow,

 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless they stay in the ship, you cannot be saved."

 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let it fall away.

 33 And while the day was dawning, Paul urged them all to eat, saying, "This day is the fourteenth day that you have waited and continued fasting, having eaten nothing.

 34 Therefore I urge you to take some nourishment for your health; for not a hair from the head of any of you will be lost."

 35 And when he had said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in presence of them all; and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

 36 Then they were all of good cheer, and ate some food themselves.

 37 There were two hundred and seventy-six of us on the ship.

 38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat out into the sea.

 39 When it was daylight, they did not recognize the land, but discovered a bay with a shore, into which they planned to run the ship, if it were possible.

 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they left them in the sea, and loosed the ropes of the rudder; and hoisting up the mainsail to the wind, they headed toward the shore.

 41 But striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the front part stuck solid, and remained unmovable, but the rear part was broken with the violence of the waves.

 42 The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim out and escape.

 43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from their intention; and commanded that those who could swim should throw themselves into the sea first and get to land;

 44 And the rest should follow, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it was, that they all escaped safely to land.


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