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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Acts 27:9

Where much time was spent (Hikanou xronou diagenomenou).
Genitive absolute again with second aorist middle participle of diaginomai, to come in between (dia). "Considerable time intervening," since they became weatherbound in this harbour, though some take it since they left Caesarea.

And the voyage was now dangerous (kai ontov hdh epispalouv).
Genitive absolute, "and the voyage being already (hdh=Latin jam) dangerous" (old word from epi and spallw, to trip, to fall, and so prone to fall, here only in N.T.).

Because the Fast was now already gone by (dia to kai thn nhsteian hdh parelhlutenai).
Accusative (after dia) of the articular infinitive perfect active of parerxomai, to pass by, with the accusative of general reference (nhsteian, the great day of atonement of the Jews, Leviticus 16:29) occurring about the end of September. The ancients considered navigation on the Mediterranean unsafe from early October till the middle of March. In A.D. 59 the Fast occurred on Oct. 5. There is nothing strange in Luke using this Jewish note of time as in 20:6 though a Gentile Christian. Paul did it also (1 Corinthians 16:8). It is no proof that Luke was a Jewish proselyte. We do not know precisely when the party left Caesarea (possibly in August), but in ample time to arrive in Rome before October if conditions had been more favourable. But the contrary winds had made the voyage very slow and difficult all the way (verse 7) besides the long delay here in this harbour of Fair Havens.

Paul admonished them (parhinhi o Paulov).
Imperfect active of parainew, old word to exhort from para and ainew, to praise (3:8), only here and verse 27:22 in N.T. It is remarkable that a prisoner like Paul should venture to give advice at all and to keep on doing it (imperfect tense inchoative, began to admonish and kept on at it). Paul had clearly won the respect of the centurion and officers and also felt it to be his duty to give this unasked for warning.

I perceive (tewrw).
Old word from tewrov, a spectator. See Luke 10:18. Paul does not here claim prophecy, but he had plenty of experience with three shipwrecks already (2 Corinthians 11:25) to justify his apprehension.

Will be (mellein esestai).
Infinitive in indirect assertion followed by future infinitive after mellein in spite of oti which would naturally call for present indicative mellei, an anacoluthon due to the long sentence (Robertson, Grammar, p. 478).

With injury (meta ubrewv).
An old word from uper (above, upper, like our "uppishness") and so pride, insult, personal injury, the legal word for personal assault (Page). Josephus (Ant. III. 6, 4) uses it of the injury of the elements.

Loss (zhmian).
Old word, opposite of kerdov, gain or profit (Philippians 3:7). Nowhere else in N.T.

Lading (portiou).
Diminutive of portov (from perw, to bear) only in form. Common word, but in N.T. only here in literal sense, as metaphor in Matthew 11:30; 23:4; Luke 11:46; Galatians 6:5.

But also of our lives (alla kai twn psuxwn).
Common use of psuxh for life, originally "breath of life" (Acts 20:10), and also "soul" (14:2). Fortunately no lives were lost, though all else was. But this outcome was due to the special mercy of God for the sake of Paul (verse 24), not to the wisdom of the officers in rejecting Paul's advice. Paul begins now to occupy the leading role in this marvellous voyage.


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Acts 27:9". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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