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27:1When it was determined that we were to sail off to Italy, they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a Roman army captain named Julius of the Imperial Division.27:2We boarded a ship from Adramyttium which was about to depart for stops along the cost of the province of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us.

27:3On another day we were taken down to Sidon. Julius was kind to Paul and allowed him to visit friends to care for his needs.27:4Setting out from there, we sailed near the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.27:5Then we went out to the open sea off Cilicia and Pamphylia, then down to Myra of Lycia.27:6The Roman army captain found an Alexandrian ship there which was headed to Italy, and he put us on board.

27:7Sailing was very slow for many days, and we were barely able to reach Cnidus. But the winds were unfavorable for us to leave there, so we sailed along the lee of Crete across from Salome.27:8We sailed along the coast with great difficulty until we came to a place called Fair Harbors near the city of Lasea.27:9Now since so much time had passed and sailing was already hazardous, and since Paul had already missed The Fast,1 he pleaded with them:27:10“Gentlemen, it seems to me that sailing is going to result in much damage and loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also of our lives.”

27:11But the Roman army captain was persuaded by the navigator and the one who chartered the ship over what Paul had said.27:12The harbor was unfit for making berth for the winter, so the majority decided to set out from there in the hope that they might be able to spend the winter at Phoenix. It was a harbor at Crete which faced both northwest and southwest.27:13And when a gentle south wind came up, they thought they had what they were looking for, so they weighed anchor and stayed near the coast along Crete.

27:14Not long afterwards a violent wind of hurricane force, called a Northeaster, slammed into the island.27:15The ship was caught up in it and could not face into the wind, so we just let the wind carry it along.27:16We came under the lee of a small island called Cauda, but we were barely able to secure the lifeboat.27:17When they had hoisted it aboard they ran ropes to reinforce the ship.

Fearing that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the anchor and we were driven along.27:18But we were so violently tossed around by the storm that they jettisoned the cargo the next day,27:19and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.27:20When neither sun nor stars appeared for another four days due to the continuing storm, we were robbed of all hope of being rescued.

27:21After they had gone without food for a long time, Paul stood among them and said, “Gentlemen, you should have listened to me when I told you not to set out from Crete, so you could have avoided this damage and loss.27:22But now I urge you to cheer up, because not one life among you will be lost, but only the ship.27:23Last night a Messenger of the God I belong to, and to whom I offer divine service, stood beside me27:24and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, so God has favored you by granting you the lives of everyone sailing with you.’27:25So cheer up, gentlemen! For I trust God that it will happen just as I have been told.27:26However, we must run aground on some island.”

27:27On the fourteenth night we were still being driven all over the Adriatic Sea, when around midnight the sailors sensed that we were approaching land.27:28So they took a sounding and it measured twenty fathoms deep, and when they took another one a while later it measured fifteen fathoms.27:29Fearing that we might crash against the rocks, they pitched four anchors off the stern on the presumption that daylight was approaching.

27:30Now some of the sailors tried to escape the ship by lowering the lifeboat to the sea under the pretext of dropping anchors from the bow.27:31But Paul warned the Roman army captain and the soldiers, “If any of these don’t stay with the ship, none of you will be saved!”27:32So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and let it drop.

27:33When it was almost dawn the next day, Paul encouraged everyone to eat something: “Today marks the fourteenth day that you’ve eaten nothing because of worry.27:34So I urge you all to eat something in order to preserve yourselves, for not a hair on your heads will be lost!”27:35Having said this, Paul took some bread and thanked God for it in front of them, then broke it and began to eat.27:36This made them all take heart and eat.27:37(The total number of people on board the ship was two hundred seventy-six.)27:38And when they were full, they lightened the ship further by tossing the grain into the sea.

27:39When it was light enough to see the land, they did not recognize it. But they noticed a bay with a beach and thought they might be able to run the ship aground there.27:40So they let the anchors slip while also loosening the ropes on the rudders, then hoisted the foresail to catch the wind and head for the beach.27:41But when they got to a channel where two seas met, the bow ran aground and was stuck firmly while the stern was being broken apart by the force of the waves.

27:42Now the soldiers decided that they should kill the prisoners so that no one could swim out and escape.27:43But the Roman army captain was determined to bring Paul safely through and he thwarted their plans. In addition, he ordered that those who could swim were to dive off first and go to land,27:44while others would use planks or other parts of the ship. So everyone made it safely to land.

  1. 1“The Fast” was the Day of Atonement, celebrated in the fall.