The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 27:9–21

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Now when much time had been spent, the voyage having already become dangerous, because the Fast had already gone by, Paul recommended,

Then, after much time had passed, and since sailing would no longer be prudent because the Fast Day had now passed, Paul consoled them,

There we remained for a long time, till also the day of the Jewish fast was over and, since it had now become dangerous for any one to sail, Paul gave them advice,

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10  saying to them, "Men, I perceive this voyage is going to be with hardship and much loss, not only of the cargo and of the ship but also our lives."

10  and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the lading and the ship, but also of our lives.

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11  But the centurion was persuaded by the helmsman and the ship owner, rather than by the things being said by Paul.

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.

11  Nevertheless, the centurion listened to the master and owner of the ship more than to the words of Paul.

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12  And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority gave counsel to put to sea from there, if perhaps they might be able to get to Phoenix to spend the winter there, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and to the northwest.

12  And as the harbor was not commodious for wintering in, many of us were desirous to sail from thence, and if possible to reach and winter in a harbor at Crete, which is called Phe-niÆce, which lies towards the south.

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13  And when a south wind blew gently, supposing they had attained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along close in shore to Crete.

13  And since the south wind was blowing gently, they thought that they might reach their goal. And after they had set out from Asson, they weighed anchor at Crete.

13  And when the south wind blew softly, they thought they could reach their destination as they had desired, and we sailed around Crete.

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14  But not long after, a head wind like a hurricane arose, called [a ]Euroclydon;

14  But after no long time there beat down from it a tempestuous wind, which is called Euraquilo

14  A short while after, there arose against us a hurricane called Ty-phonÆic Eu-rocÆlydon.

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15  and when the ship was seized by it, and not being able to face into the wind, we were being driven along, [having ]given in [to the wind.]

15  and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way [to it,] and were driven.

15  And once the ship had been caught in it and was not able to strive against the wind, giving over the ship to the winds, we were driven along.

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16  And running under the sheltered side of a certain little island called Clauda, we secured the skiff with difficulty.

16  Then, being forced along a certain island, which is called the Tail, we were barely able to hold on to the ship’s lifeboat.

16  And as we passed under the lee of an island which is called ClauÆda, we could hardly man the shipÆs boat.

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17  And having hoisted it up, they used cables for undergirding the ship; and being afraid lest they run aground in the Syrtes [Shallows], they let down the driving anchor, thus they were being driven along [by the wind.]

17  And when we had launched it, we began undergirding and repairing the ship; and because we were afraid of grounding, we lowered the sail, and so we drifted.

17  Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.

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18  And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship.

18  And as we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to throw the [the freight] overboard;

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19  And on the third day we threw off the equipment of the ship with our own hands.

19  and the third day they cast out with their own hands the tackling of the ship.

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20  And neither the sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm pressed on us, finally all hope for us to be saved was taken away.

20  Then, when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no end to the storm was imminent, all hope for our safety was now taken away.

20  And as the winter was so severe that for many days, neither sun nor stars could be seen, all hope of surviving was given up.

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21  Now when they had abstained from food for a long time, then stood Paul in the midst of them and said, "Men, you should have followed my advice and not put to sea from Crete, and to spare [yourselves ]this hardship and loss.

21  And after they had fasted for a long time, Paul, standing in their midst, said: “Certainly, men, you should have listened to me and not set out from Crete, so as to cause this injury and loss.

21  And as no man among them had eaten anything, Paul stood up in the midst of them, and said, Men, if you had listened to me, we would not have sailed from Crete, and we would have been spared this loss and suffering.