The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 27:23–44

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23  For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong, whom also I serve,

23  For an Angel of God, who is assigned to me and whom I serve, stood beside me this night,

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24  saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; for it is necessary for you to stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those sailing with you.'

24  saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Caesar: and lo, God hath granted thee all them that sail with thee.

24  And he said to me, Fear not, Paul; you must stand before Cµsar: and behold, God has given to you all of them who sail with you.

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25  "Therefore keep up your courage, men; for I believe God that it will be in the very manner it has been spoken to me.

25  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even so as it hath been spoken unto me.

25  Because of this, men, be courageous in soul. For I trust God that this will happen in the same way that it has been told to me.

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26  However, it is necessary [for] us to run aground on a certain island."

26  But we must be cast upon a certain island.

26  However, we will be cast upon an island.

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27  Now when it was the fourteenth night, as we were driven about in the Adriatic Sea, in the middle of the night the sailors sensed that land was approaching them.

27  And after fourteen days of being lost and weary in the sea of AÆdri-a, about midnight the sailors thought they were drawing near to land.

27  But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;

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28  And having taken a sounding, they 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;

28  and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms; and after a little space, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.

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29  and being afraid lest we should run aground on the rocks, they threw out four anchors from the stern, and were praying for day to come.

29  Then, fearing that we might happen upon rough places, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and they were hoping for daylight to arrive soon.

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30  Now as the sailors were seeking to flee from the ship, and letting down the skiff into the sea, in pretense of spreading out anchors from the prow,

30  Yet truly, the sailors were seeking a way to flee from the ship, for they had lowered a lifeboat into the sea, on the pretext that they were attempting to cast anchors from the bow of the ship.

30  And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,

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31  Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "If these men do not remain in the ship, you cannot be saved."

31  So Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you will not be able to be saved.”

31  And when Paul found it out, he said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Unless these men remain on board the ship, you cannot be saved.

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32  Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off.

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33  And until the [time] was about to be day, Paul was urging them all to receive their share of food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day you continue waiting without eating, having taken nothing.

33  And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take some food, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing.

33  But Paul till the early morning kept begging them all to eat, saying to them, Today is the fourteenth day since you have tasted anything because of fear.

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34  Therefore I urge you to take food, for this is for your deliverance; for not a hair from your head shall fall."

34  Wherefore I beseech you to take some food: for this is for your safety: for there shall not a hair perish from the head of any of you.

34  For this reason, I beg you to accept food for the sake of your health. For not a hair from the head of any of you shall perish.”

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35  And having said these things and having taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and having broken it, he began to eat.

35  And when he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all; and he brake it, and began to eat.

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36  And they all became cheerful and also took food themselves.

36  Then they were all cheerful, and received nourishment.

36  Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

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37  And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship.

37  Truly, we were two hundred and seventy-six souls on the ship.

37  We were in all, on board, two hundred and seventy-six persons.

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38  And having eaten enough, they began lightening the ship and throwing out the wheat into the sea.

38  And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

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39  Now when it became day, they did not recognize the land; but they noticed a certain bay which had a beach, on which they resolved, if possible, to run the ship ashore.

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40  And casting off the anchors, they were leaving them in the sea, meanwhile loosening the ropes of the rudders; and having raised the mainsail to the wind, they began steering toward the beach.

40  And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, at the same time loosing the restraints of the rudders. And so, raising the mainsail to the gusting wind, they pressed on toward the shore.

40  So they cut off the anchors from the ship, and threw them into the sea, and loosed the rudder ropes, then they hoisted the topsail to the wind, and sailed toward shore.

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41  But they struck a reef and ran the vessel aground, and the prow became stuck and remained unmoved, but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves.

41  And when we happened upon a place open to two seas, they ran the ship aground. And indeed, the bow, being immobilized, remained fixed, but truly the stern was broken by the violence of the sea.

41  And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.

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42  And the soldiers' decision was that they would kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape.

42  Then the soldiers were in agreement that they should kill the prisoners, lest anyone, after escaping by swimming, might flee.

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43  But the centurion, wanting to rescue Paul, hindered them in their intention, and commanded that those who were able to swim to jump down first to go toward the land,

43  But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, stayed them from their purpose; and commanded that they who could swim should cast themselves overboard, and get first to the land;

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44  and the rest, some on boards and others on parts from the ship. And in this way it came about that all were brought to safety.

44  And as for the others, some they carried on boards, and others on those things that belonged to the ship. And so it happened that every soul escaped to the land.

44  The others he made cross over on boards and on broken pieces of the ship. In this manner, all of them escaped and reached shore safely.