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Paul Is Sent to Rome

1 When it was decided that we R1574 would R1575 sail for Italy, R1576 they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan cohort R1577 F600 named Julius. 2 And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of Asia, R1578 F601 we put out to sea accompanied by Aristarchus, R1579 a Macedonian R1580 of Thessalonica. R1581 3 The next day we put in at Sidon; R1582 and Julius treated R1583 Paul with consideration and allowed R1584 him to go to his friends and receive care. 4 From there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of Cyprus R1585 because the R1586 winds were contrary. 5 When we had sailed through the sea along the coast of Cilicia R1587 and Pamphylia, R1588 we landed at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian R1589 ship sailing for Italy, R1590 and he put us aboard it. 7 When we had sailed slowly for a good many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, since R1591 the wind did not permit us to go farther, we sailed under the shelter of Crete, R1592 off Salmone; 8 and with difficulty sailing R1593 past it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.

9 When considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, since even the R1594 fast F602 was already over, Paul began to admonish them, 10 and said to them, "Men, I perceive that the voyage will certainly be with damage R1595 and great loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives." 11 But the centurion was more persuaded by the pilot R1596 and the captain F603 of the ship than by what was being said by Paul. 12 Because the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority reached a decision to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, R1597 facing southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.

13 When F604 a moderate south wind came up, supposing that they had attained their purpose, they weighed anchor and began sailing R1598 along Crete, R1599 close inshore.


14 But before very long there rushed R1600 down from the F605 land a violent wind, called Euraquilo; F606 15 and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along. 16 Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat F607 under control. 17 After they had hoisted it up, they used supporting F608 cables in undergirding the ship; and fearing that they might run R1601 aground on the shallows of Syrtis, they let down the sea F609 anchor and in this way let themselves be driven along. 18 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they F610 began to jettison R1602 the cargo; 19 and on the third day they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.

21 When F611 they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, "Men, R1603 you ought to have followed F612 my advice and not to have set sail from Crete R1604 and incurred F613 this damage R1603 and loss. 22 "Yet now I urge you to keep R1605 up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 "For this very night an R1606 angel of the God to whom I belong and whom R1607 I serve stood R1608 before me, 24 saying, `Do not be afraid, Paul; you R1609 must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all R1610 those who are sailing with you.' 25 "Therefore, keep R1611 up your courage, men, for I believe God that it F614 will turn out exactly as I have been told. 26 "But we must run R1612 aground on a certain island." R1613

27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors began to surmise that they F615 were approaching some land. 28 They took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms. 29 Fearing that we might run R1614 aground somewhere on the rocks, F616 they cast four anchors from the stern and wished F617 for daybreak. 30 But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down the R1615 ship's boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved." 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes R1616 of the ship's boat and let it fall away.

33 Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing. 34 "Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for not R1617 a hair from the head of any of you will perish." 35 Having said this, he took bread and gave R1618 thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 36 All of R1619 them were F618 encouraged and they themselves also took food. 37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons. R1620 F619 38 When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by throwing R1621 out the wheat into the sea.

39 When day came, they R1622 could F620 not recognize the land; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the ship onto it if they could. 40 And casting off the R1623 anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach. 41 But striking a reef F621 where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers' plan was to kill R1624 the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wanting R1625 to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should jump F622 overboard first and get to land, 44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And so it happened that they R1626 all were brought safely to land.

F600: Or battalion
F601: I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
F602: I.e. Day of Atonement in September or October, which was a dangerous time of year for navigation
F603: Or owner
F604: Lit a south wind having gently blown
F605: Lit it
F606: I.e. a northeaster
F607: Or skiff: a small boat in tow or carried on board for emergency use, transportation to and from shore, etc
F608: Lit helps
F609: Or gear
F610: Lit they were doing a throwing out
F611: Lit there being much abstinence from food
F612: Lit obeyed me
F613: Lit gained
F614: Lit it will be
F615: Lit some land was approaching them
F616: Lit rough places
F617: Lit they were praying for it to become day
F618: Lit became cheerful
F619: Lit souls
F620: Lit were not recognizing
F621: Lit place
F622: Lit throw themselves

R1574: Acts 16:10; 27:1-28
R1575: Acts 25:12,25
R1576: Acts 18:2; 27:6
R1577: Acts 10:1
R1578: Acts 2:9
R1579: Acts 19:29
R1580: Acts 16:9
R1581: Acts 17:1
R1582: Matthew 11:21
R1583: Acts 27:43
R1584: Acts 24:23
R1585: Acts 4:36
R1586: Acts 27:7
R1587: Acts 6:9
R1588: Acts 13:13
R1589: Acts 28:11
R1590: Acts 18:2; 27:1
R1591: Acts 27:4
R1592: Acts 2:11; 27:12f,21; Titus 1:5,12
R1593: Acts 27:13
R1594: Leviticus 16:29-31; 23:27-29; Numbers 29:7
R1595: Acts 27:21
R1596: Revelation 18:17
R1597: Acts 2:11; 27:13,21; Titus 1:5,12
R1598: Acts 27:8
R1599: Acts 2:11; 27:12f,21; Titus 1:5,12
R1600: Mark 4:37
R1601: Acts 27:26,29
R1602: Jonah 1:5; Acts 27:38
R1603: Acts 27:10
R1604: Acts 27:7
R1603: Acts 27:10
R1605: Acts 27:25,36
R1606: Acts 5:19
R1607: Romans 1:9
R1608: Acts 18:9; 23:11; 2 Timothy 4:17
R1609: Acts 23:11
R1610: Acts 27:31,42,44
R1611: Acts 27:22,36
R1612: Acts 27:17,29
R1613: Acts 28:1
R1614: Acts 27:17,26
R1615: Acts 27:16
R1616: John 2:15
R1617: Matthew 10:30
R1618: Matthew 14:19
R1619: Acts 27:22,25
R1620: Acts 2:41
R1621: Jonah 1:5; Acts 27:18
R1622: Acts 28:1
R1623: Acts 27:29
R1624: Acts 12:19
R1625: Acts 27:3
R1626: Acts 27:22,31


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