The Book of Acts – Chapter 27
1 And Festus commanded, respecting him, that he should be sent to Italy, unto Caesar.
And he delivered Paul, and other prisoners with him, to a certain man, a centurion of the Augustan cohort, whose name was Julius.
2 And when we were to depart, we embarked in a ship which was from the city of Adramyttium, and was going to the country of Asia.
And there embarked with us in the ship, Aristarchus, a Macedonian of the city of Thessalonica.
3 And the next day, we arrived at Zidon.
And the centurion treated Paul with kindness, and permitted him to visit his friends and be refreshed.
4 And on sailing from there, because the winds were against us, we sailed around to Cyprus.
5 And we passed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, and arrived at Myra, a city of Lycia.
6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria, which was going to Italy; and he set us on board of it.
7 And as it was hard navigating, we had scarcely arrived, after many days, over against the isle of Cnidos.
And, because the wind would not allow us to pursue a straight course, we sailed around by Crete, [and came] opposite the city of Salmone.
8 And with difficulty, after sailing about it, we arrived at a place called the Fair Havens, near to which was the city called Lassa.
9 And we were there a long time, and till after the day of the Jewish fast.
And it was hazardous [then] for any one to go by sea; and Paul counselled them,
10 and said:
Men, I perceive that our voyage will be [attended] with peril, and with much loss, not only of the cargo of our ship, but also of our lives.
11 But the centurion listened to the pilot, and to the owner of the ship, more than to the words of Paul.
12 And, because that harbor was not commodious for wintering in, many of us were desirous to sail from it, and if possible, to reach and to winter in a certain harbor of Crete, which was called Phenice, and which opened towards the south.
13 And when the south wind breezed up, and they hoped to arrive as they desired, we began to sail around Crete.
14 And shortly after, a tempest of wind arose upon us, called Typhonic Euroclydon.
15 And the ship was whirled about by the wind, and could not keep head to it; and we resigned [the ship] to its power.
16 And when we had passed a certain island, called Cyra, we could hardly retain the boat.
17 And after hoisting it [on board], we girded the ship around [the waist], and made it strong.
And, because we were afraid of falling upon a precipice of the sea, we pulled own the sail; and so we drifted.
18 And as the storm raged violently upon us, we the next day threw goods into the sea.
19 And on the third day, with our own hands, we threw away the tackling of the ship.
20 And as the storm held on for many days, and as no sun was visible, nor moon, nor stars, all hope of our surviving was wholly cut off.
21 And as no one had taken a meal of food, Paul now stood up in the midst of them, and said:
If ye had given heed to me, O men, we should not have sailed from Crete, and we should have been exempt from this loss and peril.
22 And now, I counsel you to be without anxiety; for not a soul of you will be lost, but only the ship.
23 For there appeared to me this night, the angel of that God whose I am, and whom I serve;
24 and he said to me:
Fear not, Paul; for thou art yet to stand before Caesar; and, lo, God hath made a gift to thee of all them that sail with thee.
25 Therefore, men, be ye courageous; for I confide in God, that it will be as was told to me.
26 Yet we are to be cast upon a certain island.
27 And after the fourteen days of our roaming and tossing on the Adriatic sea, at midnight, the sailors conceived that they approached land.
28 And they cast the lead, and found twenty fathoms.
And again they advanced a little, and they found fifteen fathoms.
29 And as we feared lest we should be caught in places where were rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern of the ship, and prayed for the morning.
30 And the sailors sought to flee out of the ship.
And from it they lowered down the boat into the sea, under pretence that they were going in it to make fast the ship to the land.
31 And when Paul saw [it], he said to the centurion and to the soldiers:
Unless these remain in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
32 Then the soldiers cut the boat rope from the ship, and let the boat go adrift.
33 And while it was not yet morning, Paul advised them all to take food, saying to them:
In consequence of the peril, it is now the fourteenth day that ye have tasted nothing.
34 Therefore I entreat you, to take food for the sustenance of your life; for not a hair from the head of any of you, will perish.
35 And having said these things, he took bread, and gave glory to God before them all; and he broke [it], and began to eat.
36 And they were all consoled; and they took nourishment.
37 And there were of us in the ship two hundred and seventy-six souls.
38 And when they were satisfied with food, they lightened the ship, and took the wheat and cast it into the sea.
39 And when it was day, the sailors knew not what land it was:
but they saw on the margin of the land an inlet of the sea; whither, if possible they intended to drive the ship.
40 And they cut away the anchors from the ship, and left them in the sea.
And they loosened the bands of the rudder, and hoisted a small sail to the breeze, and made way towards the land.
41 And the ship struck upon a shoal between two channels of the sea, and stuck fast upon it.
And the forward part rested upon it, and was immovable; but the after part was shattered by the violence of the waves.
42 And the soldiers were disposed to slay the prisoners; lest they should resort to swimming, and escape from them.
43 But the centurion kept them from it, because he was desirous to preserve Paul.
And those who were able to swim, he commanded to swim off first, and pass to the land.
44 And the rest, he made to transport themselves on planks, and on other timbers of the ship.
And so they all escaped safe to land.
2 Esdras 9 KJVA
1 He answered me then, and said, Measure thou the time diligently in itself: and when thou seest part of the signs past, which I have told thee before, 2 Then shalt thou understand, that it is the very same time, wherein the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made. 3 Therefore when there shall be seen earthquakes and uproars of the people in the world: 4 Then shalt thou well understand, that the most High spake of those things from the days that were before thee, even from the beginning. 5 For like as all that is made in the world hath a beginning and an end, and the end is manifest: 6 Even so the times also of the Highest have plain beginnings in wonder and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs. 7 And every one that shall be saved, and shall be able to escape by his works, and by faith, whereby ye have believed, 8 Shall be preserved from the said perils, and shall see my salvation in my land, and within my borders: for I have sanctified them for me from the beginning. 9 Then shall they be in pitiful case, which now have abused my ways: and they that have cast them away despitefully shall dwell in torments. 10 For such as in their life have received benefits, and have not known me; 11 And they that have loathed my law, while they had yet liberty, and, when as yet place of repentance was open unto them, understood not, but despised it; 12 The same must know it after death by pain. 13 And therefore be thou not curious how the ungodly shall be punished, and when: but enquire how the righteous shall be saved, whose the world is, and for whom the world is created. 14 Then answered I and said, 15 I have said before, and now do speak, and will speak it also hereafter, that there be many more of them which perish, than of them which shall be saved: 16 Like as a wave is greater than a drop. 17 And he answered me, saying, Like as the field is, so is also the seed; as the flowers be, such are the colours also; such as the workman is, such also is the work; and as the husbandman is himself, so is his husbandry also: for it was the time of the world. 18 And now when I prepared the world, which was not yet made, even for them to dwell in that now live, no man spake against me. 19 For then every one obeyed: but now the manners of them which are created in this world that is made are corrupted by a perpetual seed, and by a law which is unsearchable rid themselves. 20 So I considered the world, and, behold, there was peril because of the devices that were come into it. 21 And I saw, and spared it greatly, and have kept me a grape of the cluster, and a plant of a great people. 22 Let the multitude perish then, which was born in vain; and let my grape be kept, and my plant; for with great labour have I made it perfect. 23 Nevertheless, if thou wilt cease yet seven days more, (but thou shalt not fast in them, 24 But go into a field of flowers, where no house is builded, and eat only the flowers of the field; taste no flesh, drink no wine, but eat flowers only;) 25 And pray unto the Highest continually, then will I come and talk with thee. 26 So I went my way into the field which is called Ardath, like as he commanded me; and there I sat among the flowers, and did eat of the herbs of the field, and the meat of the same satisfied me. 27 After seven days I sat upon the grass, and my heart was vexed within me, like as before: 28 And I opened my mouth, and began to talk before the most High, and said, 29 O Lord, thou that shewest thyself unto us, thou wast shewed unto our fathers in the wilderness, in a place where no man treadeth, in a barren place, when they came out of Egypt. 30 And thou spakest saying, Hear me, O Israel; and mark my words, thou seed of Jacob. 31 For, behold, I sow my law in you, and it shall bring fruit in you, and ye shall be honoured in it for ever. 32 But our fathers, which received the law, kept it not, and observed not thy ordinances: and though the fruit of thy law did not perish, neither could it, for it was thine; 33 Yet they that received it perished, because they kept not the thing that was sown in them. 34 And, lo, it is a custom, when the ground hath received seed, or the sea a ship, or any vessel meat or drink, that, that being perished wherein it was sown or cast into, 35 That thing also which was sown, or cast therein, or received, doth perish, and remaineth not with us: but with us it hath not happened so. 36 For we that have received the law perish by sin, and our heart also which received it 37 Notwithstanding the law perisheth not, but remaineth in his force. 38 And when I spake these things in my heart, I looked back with mine eyes, and upon the right side I saw a woman, and, behold, she mourned and wept with a loud voice, and was much grieved in heart, and her clothes were rent, and she had ashes upon her head. 39 Then let I my thoughts go that I was in, and turned me unto her, 40 And said unto her, Wherefore weepest thou? why art thou so grieved in thy mind? 41 And she said unto me, Sir, let me alone, that I may bewail myself, and add unto my sorrow, for I am sore vexed in my mind, and brought very low. 42 And I said unto her, What aileth thee? tell me. 43 She said unto me, I thy servant have been barren, and had no child, though I had an husband thirty years, 44 And those thirty years I did nothing else day and night, and every hour, but make my, prayer to the Highest. 45 After thirty years God heard me thine handmaid, looked upon my misery, considered my trouble, and gave me a son: and I was very glad of him, so was my husband also, and all my neighbours: and we gave great honour unto the Almighty. 46 And I nourished him with great travail. 47 So when he grew up, and came to the time that he should have a wife, I made a feast.
2 Esdras 9 KJVA