1 And when it was decided 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, boarding a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of
Asia. 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 receive care.
4 And when we had set sail from there, we sailed under the shelter of 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 of Lycia.
6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on it.
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 the shelter of Crete off Salmone.
8 And passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of
9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the fast was already past, Paul exhorted them,
10 saying, Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with injury and much loss, not only
of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.
11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of
the ship than by the things 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 could reach Phoenix, 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 purpose,
raising anchor, they sailed close by Crete.
14 But not long after, a tempestuous wind arose, called Euroclydon.
15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her be carried
16 And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the boat with
17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing
lest they should run aground on the quicksands, they struck sail and so were driven.
18 And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the
19 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 then taken away.
21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said,
Men, you should have heeded me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this injury
22 And now I urge you to be of good cheer, 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 of God, to whom I belong and whom I
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 be of good cheer, men, for I believe God, that it will be just as it was told
26 However, we must fall 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
boat into the sea, under pretense of putting out anchors from the prow,
31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, Unless these men remain in the ship, you
cannot be saved.
32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat and let it fall off.
33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul begged them all to take food, saying, Today is
the fourteenth day you have waited and continued without food, and eaten nothing.
34 Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for 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 all became more encouraged, and also took food themselves.
37 And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six souls on the ship.
38 So when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and threw out the wheat into
39 And when it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a certain bay
with a beach, onto which they purposed to run the ship if they were able.
40 And they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, meanwhile loosing the rudder
bands; and they hoisted the mainsail to the wind and made for shore.
41 But striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the prow
stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence of
42 And the soldiers' purpose was to kill the prisoners, that not any of them should swim
away and escape.
43 But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land;
44 and for the rest to go, some on boards and some on parts of the ship. And so it was that they all escaped safely to land.