Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: ACTS - Chapter 27


Paul is shipped for Rome. His voyage and shipwreck.

1 And *when it was determined that he should sail into Italy, and that Paul, with the other prisoners, should be delivered to a centurion, named Julius, of the band Augusta,

2 *Going on board a ship of Adrumetum, we weighed anchor, commencing to sail by the coast of Asia; Aristarchus, the Macedonian, of Thessalonica, continuing with us.

3 And the next day we came to Sidon. And Julius treating Paul courteously, permitted him to go to his friends, and to take care of himself.

4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus: because the winds were contrary.

5 And sailing over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Lystra, which is in Lycia:

6 And there the centurion finding a ship of Alexandria sailing to Italy, he put us aboard her.

7 And when for many days we had sailed slowly, and were scarce come over against Gnidus, the wind not permitting us, we sailed near Crete, by Salmone:

8 And with much difficulty sailing by it, we came to a certain place which is called Good-havens, near to which was the city of Thalassa.

9 And when much time was spent, and when sailing now was dangerous, because the fast was now past, Paul comforted them,

10 Saying to them: Ye men, I see that the voyage begins to be with injury and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

11 But the centurion believed the pilot and the master of the ship more than those things which were said by Paul.

12 And whereas it was not a commodious haven to winter in, the greatest part gave counsel to sail thence, if by any means they might reach Phœnice to winter there; which is a haven of Crete, looking towards the south-west and north-west.

13 And the south wind blowing gently, thinking that they had obtained their purpose, when they had loosed from Asson, they sailed close by Crete.

14 But not long afte, there arose against her a tempestuous wind, called Euroaquila.

15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear against the wind, giving up the ship to the winds, we were driven.

16 And running under a certain island that is called Cauda, we had much work to come by the boat.

17 Which being taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship, and fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, they let down the sail-yard, and so were driven.

18 And we being mightily tossed with the tempest, the next day they lightened the ship.

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

20 And neither sun nor stars appearing for many days, and no small storm pressing, all hope of our safety were now lost.

21 And after they had fasted a long time, Paul standing forth in the midst of them, said: You should indeed, O ye men, have hearkened to me, and not have put off from Crete, and have saved this harm and loss.

22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer. For there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but only of the ship.

23 For an Angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, stood by me this night,

24 Saying: Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Csar; and behold God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

25 Wherefore, ye men, be of good cheer: for I believe God that it shall so be as it hath been told me.

26 But we must come into a certain island.

27 Now after the fourteenth night was come, as we were sailing in the Adria about midnight, the ship-men deemed that they discovered some country.

28 And they sounded, and found twenty fathoms: and going on a little farther, they found fifteen fathoms.

29 Then, fearing lest we should fall upon rough places, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

30 But as the ship-men sought to fly out of the ship, having let down the boat into the sea, under pretence as though they would have cast anchors out of the fore-ship,

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

32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

33 And when it began to be light, Paul besought them all to take food, saying: This day is the fourteenth day that you expecting, and remain fasting, taking nothing.

34 Wherefore, I pray you, to take some food for your health's sake: for there shall not an hair of the head of any of you perish.

35 And when he had said these things, taking bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

36 Then were they all of better cheer, and they also took food.

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

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

39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek having a shore, into which they thought, if they could, to thrust in the ship.

40 And when they had weighed the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, loosing also the rudderbands; and hoisting up the main-sail to the wind, they made towards the shore.

41 And when we had fallen into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground: and the fore-part indeed sticking fast, remained immoveable: but the hinder-part was broken with the violence of the sea.

42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them, swimming out, should escape.

43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, forbade it to be done: and he commanded them who could swim, to cast themselves first out, and save themselves, and get to land.

44 And the rest, some they carried on planks, and some on those things that belonged to the ship. And so it came to pass, that every soul got safe to land.



1: about the year A.D. 60.

2: 2 Corinthians xi. 25.