Acts 27:27-44 Bible in Basic English

27  But when the fourteenth day came, while we were going here and there in the Adriatic sea, about the middle of the night the sailors had an idea that they were getting near land; 28  And they let down the lead, and saw that the sea was a hundred and twenty feet deep; and after a little time they did it again and it was ninety feet. 29  Then, fearing that by chance we might come on to the rocks, they let down four hooks from the back of the ship, and made prayers for the coming of day. 30  Then the sailors made attempts secretly to get away from the ship, letting down a boat as if they were about to put down hooks from the front of the ship; 31  But Paul said to the captain and his men, If you do not keep these men in the ship, you will not be safe. 32  Then the armed men, cutting the cords of the boat, let her go. 33  And when dawn was near, Paul gave them all orders to take food, saying, This is the fourteenth day you have been waiting and taking no food. 34  So I make request to you to take food; for this is for your salvation: not a hair from the head of any of you will come to destruction. 35  And when he had said this and had taken bread, he gave praise to God before them all, and took a meal of the broken bread. 36  Then they all took heart and did the same. 37  And we were, in the ship, two hundred and seventy-six persons. 38  And when they had had enough food, they made the weight of the ship less, turning the grain out into the sea.

The Shipwreck

39  And when it was day, they had no knowledge of the land, but they saw an inlet of the sea with a floor of sand, and they had the idea of driving the ship up on to it if possible. 40  So cutting away the hooks, and letting them go into the sea, and freeing the cords of the guiding-blades, and lifting up the sail to the wind, they went in the direction of the inlet. 41  And coming to a point between two seas, they got the ship to land; and the front part was fixed in the sand and not able to be moved, but the back part was broken by the force of the waves. 42  Then the armed men were for putting the prisoners to death, so that no one would get away by swimming. 43  But the captain, desiring to keep Paul safe, kept them from their purpose, and gave orders that those who had knowledge of swimming were to go off the ship and get first to land: 44  And the rest, some on boards and some on things from the ship. And so it came about that they all got safe to land.


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