Acts 27:1-44

27  And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they were committing Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion named Julius of the Augustan cohort, 2  and we embarked in a Hadramyttene ship that was going to sail for the places along by the province of Asia, having with us Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica; 3 * and on the following day we put into Sidon, and Julius treated Paul humanely and permitted him to go to his friends and enjoy their care. 4  And when we had set sail from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus because of the winds’ being against us, 5 * and after sailing over the high seas off Cilicia and Pamphylia for a fortnight we came to land at Myra in Lycia; 6  and there the centurion, finding a ship from Alexandria on its way to Italy, embarked us in it. 7  And during several days we had slow sailing and barely succeeded in getting opposite Cnidus, the wind not letting us through; and we sailed under Crete by Salmone, 8  and barely succeeded in coasting along it and coming to a certain place called Fair Havens, near which was a city Lasea. 9  And when considerable time had elapsed and the sailing was now risky because even the fast was now gone by, Paul gave his advice, 10  saying to them “Gentlemen, I can see that the voyage will be with damage and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship but also of our persons.” 11  But the centurion put more faith in the skipper and the contractor than in what Paul said; 12 * and, the harbor being inconvenient for wintering, the majority voted to put out from there and see if they could not reach Ph[o]enix, a harbor of Crete facing westward, and winter there. 13  And when a gentle southerly breeze sprang up they thought they had secured their intent, and weighed anchor and ran along hugging the coast of Crete. 14  But after no great time a hurricane beat down from it, what is called an east-northeaster; 15  and, the ship being caught and carried along and not able to come head to the wind, we gave in and drove along. 16 * And, running under the lee of a certain islet named Clauda, we managed with difficulty to get possession of the boat, 17 * and when they got it in they took strengthening measures, fastening ropes around the hull, and, fearing that they would run on the Syrtis, let down the rigging and so drove along. 18  And on the following day, as we were making very heavy weather, they threw over cargo, 19  and on the third day they threw away the ship’s furnishings with their own hands; 20  and when for several days neither sun nor stars were visible, and we had no small amount of storm pressing us, the upshot was that all hope of our being saved disappeared. 21 * And, as not much food was being taken, Paul then stood out in their midst and said “Gentlemen, you ought to have done as I told you and not put out from Crete, and saved this damage and loss. 22  And at present I advise you to be cheery; for there will be no loss of a life among you, only of the ship. 23  For there came and stood by me this night a messenger of the God to whom I belong, in whose service also I am engaged, 24  saying ‘Do not be afraid, Paul: you must stand before Caesar; and here God has granted you all who are sailing with you.’ 25 * Wherefore, gentlemen, be cheery; for I believe my God that it will be so as I have been told. 26  But we have to run on some island or other.” 27 * And when it came to the fourteenth night of our driving about in the Adriatic, in the middle of the night the sailors surmised they were coming toward some piece of ground, 28  and they heaved the lead and found twenty fathoms. And they waited a bit and heaved the lead again and found fifteen fathoms; 29  and, fearing they might run on rough ground, they let go four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. 30  And as the sailors were trying to desert the ship and had let down the boat into the sea under pretense of being going to carry out anchors from the bow, 31  Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers “If these do not stay in the ship you cannot be saved.” 32  Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat and let it drop off. 33  And until day should come Paul invited one and all to take food, saying “Today is the fourteenth day you have been waiting to see what would come and going without meals, not taking a bite. 34 * Such being the case, let me invite you to take food, for that will be on the side of safety; for not a hair will be lost from the head of any of you.” 35  And with that, taking a biscuit, he gave thanks to God before them all and broke it and began to eat; 36  and they all cheered up and took some food themselves. 37 * (And there were two hundred and seventy-six souls of us in all on board.) 38 * And when they had eaten all they wanted they went to lightening the ship by throwing out the provisions into the sea. 39  And when day came they did not recognize the land, but they espied a sort of bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship up if they could; 40 * and they slipped the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the couplings of the steering-oars and hoisting the foresail to the blast, and headed for the beach. 41 * But they struck a place where the sea came from two sides, and there they ran the ship aground; and the bow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern was breaking up with the battering. 42  And on the part of the soldiers there was a plan to kill the prisoners for fear someone should swim out and make his escape; 43  but the centurion, wishing to bring Paul safe through, stopped them from carrying out their intent, and gave the word that those who could swim should throw themselves off first and get out to land, 44 * and the rest some on boards and some on some of the things from the ship. And so it came about that all got safe to land.


27:3 Lit. enjoy care
27:5 Var. Pamphylia for a fortnight, we
27:12 Lit. looking along the Lips and the Corus (that is the southwest wind and the northwest wind)
27:16 Var. Cauda
27:17 Or let down a drag
27:21 Lit. And, there being much not-feeding
27:25 Lit. either believe God or believe the god (the words bear equally both meanings)
27:27 Lit. some piece of ground was coming toward them
27:34 Lit. this is on the side of
27:37 Var. there were about seventy-six
27:38 Or the wheat
27:40 The meaning of the word translated foresail is uncertain
27:41 Lit. and they ran
27:44 Or and some riding on some of the men from