Acts 27:27-44 American Standard Version

27  But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven to and fro in the [sea of] Adria, about midnight the sailors surmised that they were drawing near to some country: 28  and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms; and after a little space, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms. 29  And fearing lest haply we should be cast ashore on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for the day. 30  And as the sailors were seeking to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, under color as though they would lay out anchors from the foreship, 31  Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. 32  Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. 33  And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take some food, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing. 34  Wherefore I beseech you to take some food: for this is for your safety: for there shall not a hair perish from the head of any of you. 35  And when he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all; and he brake it, and began to eat. 36  Then were they all of good cheer, and themselves also took food. 37  And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. 38  And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

The Shipwreck

39  And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they perceived a certain bay with a beach, and they took counsel whether they could drive the ship upon it. 40  And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosing the bands of the rudders; and hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41  But lighting upon a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the foreship struck and remained unmoveable, but the stern began to break up by the violence [of the waves]. 42  And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any [of them] should swim out, and escape. 43  But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, stayed them from their purpose; and commanded that they who could swim should cast themselves overboard, and get first to the land; 44  and the rest, some on planks, and some on [other] things from the ship. And so it came to pass, that they all escaped safe to the land.

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