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Acts 27 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:1 - And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort, named Julius.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:2 - And embarking in a ship of Adramyt'tium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristar'chus, a Macedo'nian from Thessaloni'ca.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:3 - The next day we put in at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:4 - And putting to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:5 - And when we had sailed across the sea which is off Cili'cia and Pamphyl'ia, we came to Myra in Ly'cia.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:6 - There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy, and put us on board.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:7 - We sailed slowly for a number of days, and arrived with difficulty off Cni'dus, and as the wind did not allow us to go on, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmo'ne.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:8 - Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lase'a.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:9 - As much time had been lost, and the voyage was already dangerous because the fast had already gone by, Paul advised them,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:10 - saying, "Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:11 - But the centurion paid more attention to the captain and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:12 - And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to put to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, looking northeast and southeast, and winter there.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:13 - And when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close inshore.


Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:14 - But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:15 - and when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:16 - And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the boat;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:17 - after hoisting it up, they took measures to undergird the ship; then, fearing that they should run on the Syr'tis, they lowered the gear, and so were driven.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:18 - As we were violently storm-tossed, they began next day to throw the cargo overboard;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:19 - and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackle of the ship.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:20 - And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many a day, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:21 - As they had been long without food, Paul then came forward among them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me, and should not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:22 - I now bid you take heart; for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:23 - For this very night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:24 - and he said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and lo, God has granted you all those who sail with you.'
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:25 - So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:26 - But we shall have to run on some island."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:27 - When the fourteenth night had come, as we were drifting across the sea of A'dria, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:28 - So they sounded and found twenty fathoms; a little farther on they sounded again and found fifteen fathoms.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:29 - And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let out four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:30 - And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, under pretense of laying out anchors from the bow,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:31 - Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:32 - Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let it go.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:33 - As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:34 - Therefore I urge you to take some food; it will give you strength, since not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:35 - And when he had said this, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:36 - Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:37 - (We were in all two hundred and seventy-six persons in the ship.)
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:38 - And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:39 - Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to bring the ship ashore.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:40 - So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders; then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:41 - But striking a shoal they ran the vessel aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was broken up by the surf.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:42 - The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:43 - but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their purpose. He ordered those who could swim to throw themselves overboard first and make for the land,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 27:44 - and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all escaped to land.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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