Acts 27 ©
1 Paul is conducted in a ship toward Rome: 9 he foretelleth the danger of the voyage, but is not credited: 12 the ship setting sail against his advice is tossed with a tempest: 21 Paul comforteth his fellow travellers with assurances of having their lives saved, but foretelleth a shipwreck: all which is verified by the event.
And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
And there the centurion found fa ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.
And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under 1Crete, over against Salmone;
And, *hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because 2the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
Nevertheless the centurion hbelieved the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of iCrete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.
And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, jloosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
kBut not long after there 4arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:
Which when they had taken up, they used helps, *undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should lfall into the quicksands, *strake sail, and so were driven.
And we being exceedingly mtossed with a tempest, the next day they nlightened the ship;
pAnd when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
Howbeit we must be cast upon ca certain island.
But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in *Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;
And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and dwished for the day.
And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down ethe boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the *foreship,
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.
And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take *meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
Wherefore I pray you to take some *meat: for this is ffor your health: gfor there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they *discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.
And when they had 5taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and *hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
And falling into a place where two seas met, kthey ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
lAnd the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.
But the centurion, mwilling to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:
And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that nthey escaped all safe to land.