Acts of the Apostles

Acts 27*

1. "And Festus gave the orders for him to be sent to Caesar, to Italy, and he handed over Paul and other prisoners with him, to a man who was a centurion from the investigations corps, whose name was Julius.
2. "And as we set off, going down into the sail ship that came from the town of Adramyttium and was going to Asia*, (and) there entered with us to the sail ship, Aristarchus the Macedonian, from the town of Thessalonica.
3. "And on the following day we arrived in Saidon. And the centurion saw it fit to show kindness towards Paul and allowed him to go to his relatives and rest up.
4. "And we set off from there, and because the spirits were rising against us, we went around Cyprus.
5. "And we passed through the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, and we arrived to the town of Myra and Lycia.
6. "And the centurion found there a sail ship from Alexandria, that was going to Italy and he put us in it.
7. "And because it sailed heavily for many days, we barely made* it opposite to the island of Cnidus. And because the spirits did not allow us to chart a straight course,* we circled Crete, opposite the town of Salmone.
8. "And as we struggled to sail around it, we reached the place that is called Fair Havens, and was near the town by the name of Lasea.
9. "And we stayed there a long time*, until the day of the Jew's fast went by also, and it was overtaxing for a person to embark by sea, and Paul advised* them.
10. "And he said, 'Men, I see that with much struggle and great loss, our transporting will be accomplished, not only our sail ship will perish, but also our very lives.'
11. "The centurion, however, listened to the captain and owner of the sail ship more than to the words of Paul.

12. "And because the harbor was not suitable for wintering,* many of us wished to leave there, and if it were possible to winter in a harbor that was in Crete, which was called Phoenix and faced South."*
13. And as the spirit of the South was calm, and they expected to reach [their destination] as they hoped, they set off around Crete.
14. "And after a short while, a hurricane broke out against us, which is called Euroclydon's Typhoon.
15. "And the sail ship was seized and it could not stand against the spirit, and we let go our hands.
16. "And as we passed by an island called Cauda, we were not able to get hold of the dinghy.
17. "And as we took it off, we tied it securely to the sail ship. And because we were afraid of bottoming over the reef,* we lowered the sails, and thus we drifted.
18. "And as there rose against us a hard tempest, on the second day we cast off our belongings* into the sea.
19. "And on the third day, we cast off the tackle of the ship with our own hands.
20. "And as a long winter had set in,* neither the sun appeared, nor the moon, nor the stars, and the hope of survival was completely drained [from us.]"
21. And as no one* had anything to eat,* Paul stood up between them and said, "If you had taken my recommendation, men, you would not have set off from Crete and incurred* these losses and [suffered] these tribulations.
22. "And now I bring you a message so as you may not become depressed, for none of you will lose your life, except for the sail ship.
23. "For the Manifestation* of God appeared to me in the night, to whom I belong and for whom I work,
24. "And He told me, 'Fear not, Paulla. You are destined to stand before Caesar, and, behold, God is granting all those who sail with you safety.'
25. "Because of this, take heart, men, for I believe in God, that thus it is, just as He spoke with me.
26. "Therefore, there is an island on which we shall be cast off."
27. And after fourteen days of searching and being whipped about the Adriatic sea in the middle of the night, the sailors expected that they were nearing land.
28. And they threw down the anchor and found [the depth to be] twenty fathoms*, and they drifted again a little more and found it to be fifteen fathoms.
29. "And as they feared finding ourselves in an area where there were stones, they cast off from the sail ship's aft the anchor a forth [of the way down,] and they prayed for daybreak.
30. "The sailors wanted to abandon ship. And they lowered the dinghy down to the sea, with the excuse to go around in it and tie the sail ship with straps.
31. "And as Paul saw this, he told the centurion and the soldiers, 'If those of you who are in the sail ship do not hold together, you cannot stay alive.'
32. "So the soldiers cut off the ropes of the dinghy from the sail ship.
33. "Then Paul, until it was dawn, reconciled them all to receive sustenance, whereas he told them, 'This day, behold, it has been fourteen days from the fast's aftermath*
34. " 'Because of this I pray that you receive nourishment to keep yourselves alive. For you will not lose one hair from your heads.' "
35. And as he said this, he consecrated the bread and glorified God before all of them, and he broke it and they [all followed his example] and ate.
36. And they were all heartened up and received sustenance.
37. There were in the sail ships two hundred and seventy-six souls.
38. And as they were satisfied from eating, they reduced the weight of the sail ship, by taking the wheat and throwing it into the sea.
39. And as day came, they did not recognize the outline of the beach, except they gazed towards the land* at a sea cove, where they decided that if possible they would squeeze in the sail ship.
40. And they cut off the anchor from the sail ship, and they threw it into the sea, and they untied the rudder lines, and hoisted the small sail against the blowing spirit, and they sailed toward the beach.*
41. And the sail ship lighted upon a shoal, between two depths of sea and struck in it, and the prow stood against it and would not move. The stern, however, broke up from the pounding of the waves.
42. And the soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners, so they would not swim away and escape from them.
43. And the centurion stopped them from doing this, because he wanted to save Paul, and to those who knew how to swim, he ordered them to be the first to swim over to land.
44. And the others made it ashore on bits and pieces of wood from the sail ship.* And thus they all scrambled to land.

Acts 28 || index page
*A new narrator begins here, judging by the style of the language.
27:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Country of Asia."
27:7.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "To force."
27:7.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Go straightly."
27:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
27:9.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Gave them the message."
27:12.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "To winter the winter in it."
27:12.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Gazed at South."
27:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Clothes."
27:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "The winter seized many days."
27:21.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
27:21.2 Lit. Ar. expression: "Had no supplies."
27:21.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lost."
27:23 Lit. Ar. id.: "Message," "Messenger," or "Angel."
27:28 Lit. Aramaic term: "Height of a man."
27:33 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lean physical state."
27:39 Lit. Ar. id.: "Dry."
27:40 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "To the faces of the dry."
27:44 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And to others that faced or floated and over other woods of the sail ship, they passed."