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And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy,
delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a
centurion of Augustus' band.
And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched,
sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of
Thessalonica, being with us.
And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius
entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh
And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under
because the winds were contrary.
And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and
came to Myra, a city of Lycia.
And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing
Italy; and he put us therein.
And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were
over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete,
over against Salmone;
And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called
fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now
because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will
with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also
of our lives.
Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the
the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the
part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain
to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth
toward the south west and north west.
And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they
obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.
But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into
wind, we let her drive.
And running under a certain island which is called Clauda,
had much work to come by the boat:
Which when they had taken up, they used helps,
ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake
sail, and so were driven.
And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next
they lightened the ship;
And the third day we cast out with our own hands the
And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and
small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then
But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of
and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed
from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall
loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.
For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I
and whom I serve,
Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before
lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that
shall be even as it was told me.
Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven
down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near
to some country;
And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they
a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they
four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.
And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship,
had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would
have cast anchors out of the foreship,
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except
abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let
And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to
meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and
continued fasting, having taken nothing.
Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for
health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave
God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to
Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some
And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore
And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship,
cast out the wheat into the sea.
And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they
a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it
were possible, to thrust in the ship.
And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed
themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up
the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the
aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the
hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest
them should swim out, and escape.
But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from
purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast
themselves first into the sea, and get to land:
And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of
ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
Orthodox Library, St. Spyridon, 2007.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the Lebanese people,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!