Bible: Acts 27:1-44

Paul and Company Sail for Rome

27:1 When it was decided we 1  would sail to Italy, 2  they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion 3  of the Augustan Cohort 4  named Julius. 27:2 We went on board 5  a ship from Adramyttium 6  that was about to sail to various ports 7  along the coast of the province of Asia 8  and put out to sea, 9  accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian 10  from Thessalonica. 11  27:3 The next day we put in 12  at Sidon, 13  and Julius, treating Paul kindly, 14  allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. 15  27:4 From there we put out to sea 16  and sailed under the lee 17  of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 27:5 After we had sailed across the open sea 18  off Cilicia and Pamphylia, 19  we put in 20  at Myra 21  in Lycia. 22  27:6 There the centurion 23  found 24  a ship from Alexandria 25  sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. 27:7 We sailed slowly 26  for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. 27  Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, 28  we sailed under the lee 29  of Crete off Salmone. 30  27:8 With difficulty we sailed along the coast 31  of Crete 32  and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea. 33 

Caught in a Violent Storm

27:9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous 34  because the fast 35  was already over, 36  Paul advised them, 37  27:10 Men, I can see the voyage is going to end 38  in disaster 39  and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 40  27:11 But the centurion 41  was more convinced 42  by the captain 43  and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. 44  27:12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided 45  to put out to sea 46  from there. They hoped that 47  somehow they could reach 48  Phoenix, 49  a harbor of Crete facing 50  southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there. 27:13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought 51  they could carry out 52  their purpose, so they weighed anchor 53  and sailed close along the coast 54  of Crete. 27:14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force 55  wind called the northeaster 56  blew down from the island. 57  27:15 When the ship was caught in it 58  and could not head into 59  the wind, we gave way to it and were driven 60  along. 27:16 As we ran under the lee of 61  a small island called Cauda, 62  we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat 63  under control. 27:17 After the crew 64  had hoisted it aboard, 65  they used supports 66  to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground 67  on the Syrtis, 68  they lowered the sea anchor, 69  thus letting themselves be driven along. 27:18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, 70  they began throwing the cargo overboard, 71  27:19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear 72  overboard with their own hands. 27:20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent 73  storm continued to batter us, 74  we finally abandoned all hope of being saved. 75 

27:21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, 76  Paul 77  stood up 78  among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me 79  and not put out to sea 80  from Crete, thus avoiding 81  this damage and loss. 27:22 And now I advise 82  you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. 83  27:23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong 84  and whom I serve 85  came to me 86  27:24 and said, 87 Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before 88  Caesar, 89  and God has graciously granted you the safety 90  of all who are sailing with you.’ 27:25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God 91  that it will be just as I have been told. 27:26 But we must 92  run aground on some island.”

27:27 When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven 93  across the Adriatic Sea, 94  about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. 95  27:28 They took soundings 96  and found the water was twenty fathoms 97  deep; when they had sailed a little farther 98  they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms 99  deep. 27:29 Because they were afraid 100  that we would run aground on the rocky coast, 101  they threw out 102  four anchors from the stern and wished 103  for day to appear. 104  27:30 Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending 105  that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, 27:31 Paul said to the centurion 106  and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you 107  cannot be saved.” 27:32 Then the soldiers cut the ropes 108  of the ship’s boat and let it drift away. 109 

27:33 As day was about to dawn, 110  Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense 111  and have gone 112  without food; you have eaten nothing. 113  27:34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important 114  for your survival. 115  For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” 27:35 After he said this, Paul 116  took bread 117  and gave thanks to God in front of them all, 118  broke 119  it, and began to eat. 27:36 So all of them were encouraged and took food themselves. 27:37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six 120  persons on the ship.) 121  27:38 When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, 122  they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat 123  into the sea.

Paul is Shipwrecked

27:39 When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed 124  a bay 125  with a beach, 126  where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 27:40 So they slipped 127  the anchors 128  and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage 129  that bound the steering oars 130  together. Then they hoisted 131  the foresail 132  to the wind and steered toward 133  the beach. 27:41 But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents 134  and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force 135  of the waves. 27:42 Now the soldiersplan was to kill the prisoners 136  so that none of them would escape by swimming away. 137  27:43 But the centurion, 138  wanting to save Paul’s life, 139  prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, 140  27:44 and the rest were to follow, 141  some on planks 142  and some on pieces of the ship. 143  And in this way 144  all were brought safely to land.

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