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Midweek - Acts 27 Wind and Wave

Act 27:13  When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought they had achieved their purpose. They weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 

Act 27:14  But not long afterward, a fierce wind called the "northeaster" rushed down from the island. 

Act 27:15  Since the ship was caught and was unable to head into the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. 

Act 27:16  After running under the shelter of a little island called Cauda, we were barely able to get control of the skiff. 

Act 27:17  After hoisting it up, they used ropes and tackle and girded the ship. Then, fearing they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the drift-anchor, and in this way they were driven along. 

Act 27:18  Because we were being severely battered by the storm, they began to jettison the cargo the next day. 

Act 27:19  On the third day, they threw the ship's gear overboard with their own hands. 

Act 27:20  For many days neither sun nor stars appeared, and the severe storm kept raging. Finally all hope that we would be saved was disappearing. 

Act 27:21  Since many were going without food, Paul stood up among them and said, "You men should have followed my advice not to sail from Crete and sustain this damage and loss. 

Act 27:22  Now I urge you to take courage, because there will be no loss of any of your lives, but only of the ship. 

Act 27:23  For this night an angel of the God I belong to and serve stood by me, 

Act 27:24  and said, 'Don't be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And, look! God has graciously given you all those who are sailing with you.' 

Act 27:25  Therefore, take courage, men, because I believe God that it will be just the way it was told to me. 

Act 27:26  However, we must run aground on a certain island." 

Act 27:27  When the fourteenth night came, we were drifting in the Adriatic Sea, and in the middle of the night the sailors thought they were approaching land. 

Act 27:28  They took a sounding and found it to be 120 feet deep; when they had sailed a little farther and sounded again, they found it to be 90 feet deep. 

Act 27:29  Then, fearing we might run aground in some rocky place, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight to come. 

Act 27:30  Some sailors tried to escape from the ship; they had let down the skiff into the sea, pretending that they were going to put out anchors from the bow. 

Act 27:31  Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved." 

Act 27:32  Then the soldiers cut the ropes holding the skiff and let it drop away. 

Act 27:33  When it was about daylight, Paul urged them all to take food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have been waiting and going without food, having eaten nothing. 

Act 27:34  Therefore I urge you to take some food. For this has to do with your survival, since none of you will lose a hair from your head." 

Act 27:35  After he said these things and had taken some bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all of them, and when he broke it, he began to eat. 

Act 27:36  They all became encouraged and took food themselves. 

Act 27:37  In all there were 276 of us on the ship. 

Act 27:38  When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by throwing the grain overboard into the sea. 

The Shipwreck

Act 27:39  When daylight came, they did not recognize the land but sighted a bay with a beach. They planned to run the ship ashore if they could. 

Act 27:40  After casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and headed for the beach. 

Act 27:41  But they struck a sandbar and ran the ship aground. The bow jammed fast and remained immovable, while the stern began to break up by the pounding of the waves. 

Act 27:42  The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners so that no one could swim away and escape. 

Act 27:43  But the centurion kept them from carrying out their plan because he wanted to save Paul, so he ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 

Act 27:44  The rest were to follow, some on planks and some on debris from the ship. In this way, everyone safely reached the shore. 

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