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Acts 27 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Paul Sails for Rome
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:1 - When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of a Roman officer[fn] named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:2 - Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us. We left on a ship whose home port was Adramyttium on the northwest coast of the province of Asia;[fn] it was scheduled to make several stops at ports along the coast of the province.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:3 - The next day when we docked at Sidon, Julius was very kind to Paul and let him go ashore to visit with friends so they could provide for his needs.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:4 - Putting out to sea from there, we encountered strong headwinds that made it difficult to keep the ship on course, so we sailed north of Cyprus between the island and the mainland.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:5 - Keeping to the open sea, we passed along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, landing at Myra, in the province of Lycia.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:6 - There the commanding officer found an Egyptian ship from Alexandria that was bound for Italy, and he put us on board.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:7 - We had several days of slow sailing, and after great difficulty we finally neared Cnidus. But the wind was against us, so we sailed across to Crete and along the sheltered coast of the island, past the cape of Salmone.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:8 - We struggled along the coast with great difficulty and finally arrived at Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:9 - We had lost a lot of time. The weather was becoming dangerous for sea travel because it was so late in the fall,[fn] and Paul spoke to the ship’s officers about it.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:10 - “Men,” he said, “I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on—shipwreck, loss of cargo, and danger to our lives as well.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:11 - But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship’s captain and the owner than to Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:12 - And since Fair Havens was an exposed harbor—a poor place to spend the winter—most of the crew wanted to go on to Phoenix, farther up the coast of Crete, and spend the winter there. Phoenix was a good harbor with only a southwest and northwest exposure.
The Storm at Sea
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:13 - When a light wind began blowing from the south, the sailors thought they could make it. So they pulled up anchor and sailed close to the shore of Crete.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:14 - But the weather changed abruptly, and a wind of typhoon strength (called a “northeaster”) burst across the island and blew us out to sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:15 - The sailors couldn’t turn the ship into the wind, so they gave up and let it run before the gale.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:16 - We sailed along the sheltered side of a small island named Cauda,[fn] where with great difficulty we hoisted aboard the lifeboat being towed behind us.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:17 - Then the sailors bound ropes around the hull of the ship to strengthen it. They were afraid of being driven across to the sandbars of Syrtis off the African coast, so they lowered the sea anchor to slow the ship and were driven before the wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:18 - The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:19 - The following day they even took some of the ship’s gear and threw it overboard.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:20 - The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:21 - No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:22 - But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:23 - For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:24 - and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:25 - So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:26 - But we will be shipwrecked on an island.”
The Shipwreck
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:27 - About midnight on the fourteenth night of the storm, as we were being driven across the Sea of Adria,[fn] the sailors sensed land was near.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:28 - They dropped a weighted line and found that the water was 120 feet deep. But a little later they measured again and found it was only 90 feet deep.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:29 - At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore, so they threw out four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for daylight.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:30 - Then the sailors tried to abandon the ship; they lowered the lifeboat as though they were going to put out anchors from the front of the ship.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:31 - But Paul said to the commanding officer and the soldiers, “You will all die unless the sailors stay aboard.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:32 - So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and let it drift away.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:33 - Just as day was dawning, Paul urged everyone to eat. “You have been so worried that you haven’t touched food for two weeks,” he said.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:34 - “Please eat something now for your own good. For not a hair of your heads will perish.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:35 - Then he took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:36 - Then everyone was encouraged and began to eat—
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:37 - all 276 of us who were on board.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:38 - After eating, the crew lightened the ship further by throwing the cargo of wheat overboard.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:39 - When morning dawned, they didn’t recognize the coastline, but they saw a bay with a beach and wondered if they could get to shore by running the ship aground.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:40 - So they cut off the anchors and left them in the sea. Then they lowered the rudders, raised the foresail, and headed toward shore.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:41 - But they hit a shoal and ran the ship aground too soon. The bow of the ship stuck fast, while the stern was repeatedly smashed by the force of the waves and began to break apart.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:42 - The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn’t swim ashore and escape.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:43 - But the commanding officer wanted to spare Paul, so he didn’t let them carry out their plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:44 - The others held on to planks or debris from the broken ship.[fn] So everyone escaped safely to shore.
NLT Footnotes
Greek centurion; similarly in 27:6, 11, 31, 43.
Asia was a Roman province in what is now western Turkey.
Greek because the fast was now already gone by. This fast was associated with the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which occurred in late September or early October.
Some manuscripts read Clauda.
The Sea of Adria includes the central portion of the Mediterranean.
Greek 20 fathoms . . . 15 fathoms [37 meters . . . 27 meters].
Or or were helped by members of the ship’s crew.

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