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10. The Fourth Journey

a. To Fair Havens

1 And when it was decided that 1we should sail to aItaly, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion named Julius of the 2Augustan 3cohort.

2 And going on board an Adramyttian ship which was about to sail to places along the coast of Asia, we 1put out to sea, aAristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

3 And on the next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, treating Paul akindly, allowed him to go to his friends to receive care.

4 And from there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of Cyprus because the winds were contrary.

5 And having sailed across the open sea which lies off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came down to Myra of Lycia.

6 And there the centurion found an aAlexandrian ship sailing for Italy, and he put us onto it.

7 And when we had sailed slowly for a considerable number of days and came with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to go on, we sailed under the shelter of Crete, off Salmone.

8 And coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.

9 And when considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous, and also because the 1Fast had already gone by, Paul advised them,

10 Saying to them, 1Men, I perceive that the voyage is to be with damage and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.

11 But the centurion was persuaded by the navigator and the ship's aowner rather than by the things that were being said by Paul.

12 And as the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority gave counsel to put out to sea from there, if somehow they might be able to reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete 1facing northeast and southeast, and spend the winter there.

b. The Storm and Paul's Prediction of Safety

13 And when a south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete close inshore.

14 But not long afterward there beat down from 1the island a hurricane awind called 2Euraquilo.

15 And when the ship was caught by it and was not able to face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.

16 And running under the shelter of a certain little island called Clauda, we were hardly able to 1get control of the asmall boat.

17 And when they had hoisted it up, they 1used supports to undergird the ship. And because they afeared that they might run aground on 2Syrtis, they 3lowered the gear and so were driven along.

18 The next day, as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to ajettison the cargo;

19 And on the third day they threw the ship's 1gear overboard, even with their own hands.

20 And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and while no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope that we might be saved was being abandoned.

21 And when they had been a long time without food, Paul then stood in their midst and said, O 1men, you 2should have listened to me and not set sail from Crete and gained this damage and loss.

22 And now I advise you to acheer up, for there will be bno loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

23 For this very anight an bangel of the God whose I cam and whom I 1dserve estood by me,

24 Saying, Do anot fear, Paul; you must 1stand before Caesar. And behold, God has bgranted you all those who are sailing with you.

25 Therefore, acheer up, 1men, for I bbelieve God that it shall be so, even in the way in which it has been cspoken to me.

26 But we must run aaground on a certain bisland.

c. The Ascendancy and Wisdom of Paul
in Contrast to the Baseness and Folly of the Sailors and Soldiers

27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about the middle of the night the sailors suspected that some land was approaching them.

28 And they 1took soundings and found it to be twenty 2fathoms; and when they had gone a little farther, they sounded again and found it to be fifteen 2fathoms.

29 And afearing that we might run baground somewhere on 1rocky places, they threw four anchors from the stern and wished for day to come.

30 And when the sailors sought to flee from the ship, having lowered the asmall boat into the sea under pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow,

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 small boat and let it fall away.

33 And until day was about to come, Paul encouraged them all to take some food, saying, Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued watching without food, taking nothing.

34 Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your salvation; for not a ahair from the head of any one of you shall perish.

35 And when he had said these things and had taken bread, he gave athanks to God before all; and he broke it and began to beat.

36 And all became acheerful, and they also took food.

37 Now we were in all two hundred and seventy-six souls in the ship.

38 And when they were satisfied with food, they began to lighten the ship, athrowing out the wheat into the sea.

39 And when day came, they could not recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay, which had a beach, into which they took counsel to drive the ship, if they were able.

40 And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the bands of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the blowing of the wind, they held course for the beach.

41 But striking a sandbar with the sea on both sides, they ran the vessel aground; and the bow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern was abroken up by the violence of the waves.

42 And the counsel of the soldiers was that they should akill the prisoners, lest anyone swim away and escape;

43 But the centurion, 1intending to bring Paul safely through, prevented them from their intention and ordered those who were able to swim to throw themselves overboard first and get to the land,

44 And the rest to follow, some on planks, and others on some of the things from the ship. And so it happened that all were brought asafely through onto the land.