Acts 27 (PKJV)

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  • 1 And when it was determined that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment.
  • 2 So, entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. One Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us.
  • 3 And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and refresh himself.
  • 4 When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
  • 5 And when we had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
  • 6 And there the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board.
  • 7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under Crete off Salmone.
  • 8 And passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called The Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
  • 9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them,
  • 10 and said to them, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.”
  • 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the helmsman and the owner of the ship than those things which were spoken by Paul.
  • 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they might reach Phoenix, which is a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there.
  • 13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, leaving there, they sailed close by Crete.
  • 14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon.
  • 15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive.
  • 16 And running underneath an island which is called Clauda, we secured the smaller boat with difficulty.
  • 17 Which, when they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the sandbanks, they struck sail and so were driven.
  • 18 And because we were exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship.
  • 19 And on the third day we threw the ship’s tackle overboard with our own hands.
  • 20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally gone.
  • 21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have untied from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.
  • 22 And now I urge you to be optimistic, because there will be no loss of any man's life among you, but only of the ship.
  • 23 Because, there stood by me this night the angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve,
  • 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’
  • 25 Therefore men, take heart, because I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
  • 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”
  • 27 Now when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors sensed that they were drawing near some land.
  • 28 And they took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a little farther, they took soundings again and found it to be fifteen fathoms.
  • 29 Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and wished for day to come.
  • 30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the small boat into the sea, pretending to be about to cast out anchors from the front of the ship,
  • 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot all be saved.”
  • 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the small boat and let it fall off.
  • 33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have waited and continued fasting, and eaten nothing.
  • 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, because this is for your survival, because not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.”
  • 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat.
  • 36 Then they were all encouraged, and they also took some food.
  • 37 And in all we were two hundred and seventy six persons on the ship.
  • 38 So when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and threw out the wheat into the sea.
  • 39 And when it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a bay with a beach, onto which they planned to drive the ship if possible.
  • 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, untied the rudder ropes, hoisted the mainsail to the wind, and made for shore.
  • 41 And striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the front stuck fast and remained immovable, but the back part was being broken up by the violence of the waves.
  • 42 And the soldiers’ instructions were to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape.
  • 43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should throw themselves first into the sea and get to land,
  • 44 and the rest, some on boards and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it was that they all escaped safely to land.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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