Acts 27 New American Standard Bible

Paul Sails for Rome

27 1  When it was decided that we would sail for Italy , they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan cohort named Julius . 2  And embarking in an Adramyttian ship , which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of Asia , we put out to sea accompanied e by Aristarchus , a Macedonian of Thessalonica . 3  The next day we put in at Sidon ; and Julius treated Paul with consideration and allowed him to go to his friends and receive care . 4  From there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of Cyprus because the winds were contrary . 5  When we had sailed through the sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia , we landed at Myra in Lycia . 6  There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy , and he put us aboard it. 7  When we had sailed slowly for a good many days , and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus , since the wind did not permit us to go farther , we sailed under the shelter of Crete , off Salmone ; 8  and with difficulty sailing 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 the fast was already over , Paul began to admonish them, 10  and said to them, "Men , I perceive that the voyage will certainly be with damage 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 pilot 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 Crete , facing southwest and northwest , and spend the winter there.

The Storm at Sea

13  When a moderate south wind came up, supposing that they had attained their purpose , they weighed anchor and began sailing along Crete , close inshore. 14  But before e very long there rushed 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 run 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 jettison 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 , " Men , you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss . 22  "Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage , for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship . 23  "For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, 24  saying , 'Do not be afraid , Paul ; you must stand before Caesar ; and behold , God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.' 25  "Therefore , keep up your courage , men , for I believe God that it will turn out exactly e e as I have been told . 26  "But we must run aground on a certain island ." 27  But when the fourteenth night came , as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight e 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 run 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 the 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 e these men remain in the ship , you yourselves cannot e be saved ." 32  Then the soldiers cut away the ropes 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 not a hair from the head of any of you will perish ." 35  Having said this , he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all , and he broke it and began to eat . 36  All of them were encouraged and they themselves also took food . 37  All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six e persons . 38  When they had eaten enough e , they began to lighten the ship by throwing out the wheat into the sea .

The Shipwreck

39  When day came , they 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 the 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 kill the prisoners , so that none e of them would swim away and escape ; 43  but the centurion , wanting 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 e on various things from the ship . And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land .


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