Acts 27:27-44 Darby’s Translation

27  And when the fourteenth night was come, we being driven about in Adria, towards the middle of the night the sailors supposed that some land neared them, 28  and having sounded found twenty fathoms, and having gone a little farther and having again sounded they found fifteen fathoms; 29  and fearing lest we should be cast on rocky places, casting four anchors out of the stern, they wished that day were come. 30  But the sailors wishing to flee out of the ship, and having let down the boat into the sea under pretext of being about to carry out anchors from the prow, 31  Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, Unless these abide in the ship ye cannot be saved. 32  Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat and let her fall. 33  And while it was drawing on to daylight, Paul exhorted them all to partake of food, saying, Ye have passed the fourteenth day watching in expectation without taking food. 34  Wherefore I exhort you to partake of food, for this has to do with your safety; for not a hair from the head of any one of you shall perish. 35  And, having said these things and taken a loaf, he gave thanks to God before all, and having broken it began to eat. 36  And all taking courage, themselves also took food. 37  And we were in the ship, all the souls, two hundred and seventy-six. 38  And having satisfied themselves with food, they lightened the ship, casting out the wheat into the sea.

The Shipwreck

39  And when it was day they did not recognise the land; but they perceived a certain bay having a strand, on which they were minded, if they should be able, to run the ship ashore; 40  and, having cast off the anchors, they left [them] in the sea, at the same time loosening the lashings of the rudders, and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the strand. 41  And falling into a place where two seas met they ran the ship aground, and the prow having stuck itself fast remained unmoved, but the stern was broken by the force of the waves. 42  And [the] counsel of the soldiers was that they should kill the prisoners, lest any one should swim off and escape. 43  But the centurion, desirous of saving Paul, hindered them of their purpose, and commanded those who were able to swim, casting themselves first [into the sea], to get out on land; 44  and the rest, some on boards, some on some of the things [that came] from the ship; and thus it came to pass that all got safe to land.


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