Bible: Acts 27-28
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 soldiers’ plan 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.
Paul on Malta
28:1 After we had safely reached shore, 145 we learned that the island was called Malta. 146 28:2 The local inhabitants 147 showed us extraordinary 148 kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain 149 and was cold. 28:3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood 150 and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 28:4 When the local people 151 saw the creature hanging from Paul’s 152 hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself 153 has not allowed him to live!” 154 28:5 However, 155 Paul 156 shook 157 the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. 28:6 But they were expecting that he was going to swell up 158 or suddenly drop dead. So after they had waited 159 a long time and had seen 160 nothing unusual happen 161 to him, they changed their minds 162 and said he was a god. 163
28:7 Now in the region around that place 164 were fields belonging to the chief official 165 of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. 28:8 The father 166 of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him 167 and after praying, placed 168 his hands on him and healed 169 him. 28:9 After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick 170 also came and were healed. 171 28:10 They also bestowed many honors, 172 and when we were preparing to sail, 173 they gave 174 us all the supplies we needed. 175
Paul Finally Reaches Rome
28:11 After three months we put out to sea 176 in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the island and had the “Heavenly Twins” 177 as its figurehead. 178 28:12 We put in 179 at Syracuse 180 and stayed there three days. 28:13 From there we cast off 181 and arrived at Rhegium, 182 and after one day a south wind sprang up 183 and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 184 28:14 There 185 we found 186 some brothers 187 and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. 188 28:15 The brothers from there, 189 when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius 190 and Three Taverns 191 to meet us. When he saw them, 192 Paul thanked God and took courage. 28:16 When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live 193 by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.
Paul Addresses the Jewish Community in Rome
28:17 After three days 194 Paul 195 called the local Jewish leaders 196 together. When they had assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, 197 although I had done 198 nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, 199 from Jerusalem 200 I was handed over as a prisoner to the Romans. 201 28:18 When 202 they had heard my case, 203 they wanted to release me, 204 because there was no basis for a death sentence 205 against me. 28:19 But when the Jews objected, 206 I was forced to appeal to Caesar 207 – not that I had some charge to bring 208 against my own people. 209 28:20 So for this reason I have asked to see you and speak with you, for I am bound with this chain because of the hope of Israel.” 210 28:21 They replied, 211 “We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor have any of the brothers come from there 212 and reported or said anything bad about you. 28:22 But we would like to hear from you what you think, for regarding this sect we know 213 that people 214 everywhere speak against 215 it.”
28:23 They set 216 a day to meet with him, 217 and they came to him where he was staying 218 in even greater numbers. 219 From morning until evening he explained things 220 to them, 221 testifying 222 about the kingdom of God 223 and trying to convince 224 them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. 28:24 Some were convinced 225 by what he said, 226 but others refused 227 to believe. 28:25 So they began to leave, 228 unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors 229 through the prophet Isaiah 28:26 when he said,
‘Go to this people and say,
“You will keep on hearing, 230 but will never understand,
and you will keep on looking, 231 but will never perceive.
28:27 For the heart of this people has become dull, 232
and their ears are hard of hearing, 233
and they have closed their eyes,
so that they would not see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart28:29 [[EMPTY]] 240
28:30 Paul 241 lived 242 there two whole years in his own rented quarters 243 and welcomed 244 all who came to him, 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ 245 with complete boldness 246 and without restriction. 247