When it was determined that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to a centurion named Julius, of the Augustan band. Embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to places on the coast of Asia, we put to sea; Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. The next day, we touched at Sidon. Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him permission to go to his friends and refresh himself. Putting to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. When we had sailed across the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy, and he put us on board. When we had sailed slowly many days, and had come with difficulty opposite Cnidus, the wind not allowing us further, we sailed under the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. With difficulty sailing along it we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.
When much time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, because the Fast had now already gone by, Paul admonished them, 10 and said to them, “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.” 11 But the centurion gave more heed to the master and to the owner of the ship than to those things which were spoken by Paul. 12 Because the haven was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised going to sea from there, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, and winter there, which is a port of Crete, looking northeast and southeast.
13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to shore. 14 But before long, a stormy wind beat down from shore, which is called Euroclydon. + 15 When the ship was caught, and couldn’t face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven along. 16 Running under the lee of a small island called Clauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat. 17 After they had hoisted it up, they used cables to help reinforce the ship. Fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis sand bars, they lowered the sea anchor, and so were driven along. 18 As we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to throw things overboard. 19 On the third day, they threw out the ship’s tackle with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars shone on us for many days, and no small storm pressed on us, all hope that we would be saved was now taken away.
21 When they had been long without food, Paul stood up in the middle of them, and said, “Sirs, you should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss. 22 Now I exhort you to cheer up, 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, belonging to the God whose I am and whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. Behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore, sirs, cheer up! For I believe God, that it will be just as it has been spoken to me. 26 But we must run aground on a certain island.”
27 But when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven back and forth in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors surmised that they were drawing near to some land. 28 They took soundings, and found twenty fathoms.+ After a little while, they took soundings again, and found fifteen fathoms.+ 29 Fearing that we would run aground on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for daylight. 30 As the sailors were trying to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, pretending that they would lay out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these stay in the ship, you can’t be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat, and let it fall off.
33 While the day was coming on, Paul begged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I beg you to take some food, for this is for your safety; for not a hair will perish from any of your heads.” 35 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 all cheered up, and they also took food. 37 In all, we were two hundred seventy-six souls on the ship. 38 When they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea. 39 When it was day, they didn’t recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay with a beach, and they decided to try to drive the ship onto it. 40 Casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time untying the rudder ropes. Hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41 But coming to a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground. The bow struck and remained immovable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves.
42 The soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim out and escape. 43 But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, stopped them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should throw themselves overboard first to go toward the land; 44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and some on other things from the ship. So they all escaped safely to the land.
+1:10“Behold”, from “ἰδοὺ”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.+2:15about 9:00 a.m.+2:27or, Hell+2:31or, Hell+3:13:00 p.m.+3:17The word for “brothers” here may be also correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+3:25or, seed+4:26Christ (Greek) and Messiah (Hebrew) both mean Anointed One.+6:1The Hellenists used Greek language and culture, even though they were also of Hebrew descent.+7:5or, seed+7:6or, seed+7:23The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may be also correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+7:37TR adds “You shall listen to him.”+7:42This idiom could also be translated “host of heaven”, or “angelic beings”, or “heavenly bodies.”+8:37TR addsPhilip8:37said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” He answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”+9:5TR adds “It’s hard for you to kick against the cattle prods.”+9:6TR omits “But”+9:11or, Judas+9:28TR and NU add “and going out”+9:29TR and NU omit “Jesus” and reverse the order of verses 28 & 29.+9:29The Hellenists were Hebrews who used Greek language and culture.+9:30The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+9:36“Dorcas” is Greek for “Gazelle.”+9:38Reading from NU, TR; MT omits “two men”+10:33:00 p.m.+10:6TR adds “This one will tell you what it is necessary for you to do.”+10:19Reading from TR and NU. MT omits “three”+10:303:00 p.m.+10:39TR omits “also”+11:1The word for “brothers” here and where context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+11:20A Hellenist is someone who keeps Greek customs and culture.+12:25TR reads “from” instead of “to”+13:17TR, NU add “Israel”+13:23or, seed+13:23TR, NU read “a Savior, Jesus” instead of “salvation”+13:24TR, NU read “to all the people of Israel” instead of “to Israel”+13:38The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+14:2or, disobedient+14:17TR reads “us” instead of “you”+15:3The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+15:11TR adds “Christ”+15:22The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+15:34Some manuscripts add:But15:34it seemed good to Silas to stay there.+17:5TR reads “And the Jews who were unpersuaded, becoming envious and taking along” instead of “But the unpersuaded Jews took along”+17:6The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may be also correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+17:18TR omits “also”+18:18The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+19:19The 50,000 pieces of silver here probably referred to 50,000 drachmas. If so, the value of the burned books was equivalent to about 160 man-years of wages for agricultural laborers+20:8TR reads “they” instead of “we”+20:21TR adds “Christ”+20:28TR, NU omit “the Lord and”+20:32The word for “brothers” here and where the context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”+23:23about 9:00 p.m.+24:6TR adds “We wanted to judge him according to our law,”+24:7TR adds “but the commanding officer, Lysias, came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,”+24:8TR adds “commanding his accusers to come to you.”+27:14Or, “a northeaster”.+27:2820 fathoms = 120 feet = 36.6 meters+27:2815 fathoms = 90 feet = 27.4 meters