Atos 27

1 And when it was determined that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to Captain Julius from the Augustan Battalion.

2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the places on the coast of Asia, we put to sea, Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

3 And the next day we touched at Sidon: and Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him leave to go to his friends and refresh himself.

4 And putting to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.

5 And when we had sailed across the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, [a city] of Lycia.

6 And there the captain found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy; and he put us in it.

7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and had come with difficulty across from Cnidus, the wind not allowing us further, we sailed under the lee of Crete, across from Salmone;

8 and with difficulty coasting along it we came to a certain place called Fair Havens; near to where was the city of Lasea.

9 And when much time was spent, and the voyage was now dangerous, because the Fast was now already gone by, Paul admonished them,

10 and said to them, Men, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the load and the ship, but also of our lives.

11 But the captain gave more heed to the master and to the owner of the ship, than to those things which were spoken by Paul.

12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, most advised to put to sea from there, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, and winter [there; which is] a haven of Crete, looking northeast and southeast.

13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close in shore.

14 But after no long time there beat down from it a tempestuous wind, which is called Euraquilo:

15 and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way [to it,] and were driven.

16 And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat:

17 and when they had hoisted it up, they used helps, under-girding the ship; and, fearing lest they should be cast on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and so were driven.

18 And as we exceedingly labored with the storm, the next day they began to throw the [the freight] overboard;

19 and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of the ship.

20 And when neither sun nor stars shone on [us] for many days, and no small tempest lay on [us,] all hope that we should be saved was now taken away.

21 And when they had been long without food, then Paul stood among them, and said, Men, you{+} should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss.

22 And now I exhort you{+} to be of good cheer; for there will be no loss of life among you{+}, but [only] of the ship.

23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God whose I am, whom I also serve,

24 saying, Don't be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar: and look, God has granted you all those who sail with you.

25 Therefore, men, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it will be even so as it has been spoken to me.

26 But we must be cast on a certain island.

27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were driven to and fro in the [sea of] Adria, about the middle of the night the sailors surmised that they were drawing near to some country:

28 and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms; and after a little space, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.

29 And fearing lest perhaps we should be cast ashore on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for the day.

30 And as the sailors were seeking to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, under color as though they would lay out anchors from the foreship,

31 Paul said to the captain and to the soldiers, Except these stay in the ship, you{+} can't be saved.

32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

33 And while the day was coming on, Paul implored them all to take some food, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that you{+} wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing.

34 Therefore I urge you{+} to take some food: for this is for your{+} safety: for there will not a hair perish from the head of any of you{+}.

35 And when he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all; and he broke it, and began to eat.

36 Then they were all of good cheer, and themselves also took food.

37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.

38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

39 And when it was day, they didn't know the land: but they perceived a certain bay with a beach, and they took counsel whether they could drive the ship on it.

40 And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosing the bands of the rudders; and hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach.

41 But having fallen on a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the foreship struck and stayed unmoveable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves.

42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any [of them] should swim out, and escape.

43 But the captain, desiring to save Paul, prevented them from their purpose; and commanded that they who could swim should cast themselves overboard, and get first to the land;

44 and the rest, some on planks, and some on [other] things from the ship. And so it came to pass, that they all escaped safe to the land.