Modern Literal Version
[Acts 27]

     {Aug. 21 - Nov. 1, 61 AD. Mediterranean Sea. The voyage to Rome.}

     27:1 Now as it was decided for us to sail toward Italy, and they were giving to a centurion, Julius by name, from the Emperor's cohort, Paul and some other prisoners. 27:2 Now having stepped on board, in an Adramyttium ship, which is about to sail throughout the places along Asia, we set-sail,also being together with us was Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica. 27:3 And the next-day we brought*the ship into Sidon and Julius treated Paul humanely and permitted him to travel to hisfriends and be cared for. 27:4 And having set-sail to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were adverse. 27:5 And having sailed through the sea against Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came down to Myra, a city of Lycia. 27:6 And the centurion found a ship from Alexandria there sailing to Italy, and he had us step onto it. 27:7 Now at a considerable number of days, we were voyaging slowly and happened to be against Cnidus with difficulty; the wind was not permitting us to land. We sailed under the lee of Crete against Salmone; 27:8 and coasting-along it with difficulty, we came to a certain place being called Good Harbors; which was near the city ofLasea.

     27:9 Now when* a considerable amount of time had elapsed and the voyage was already dangerous, because the Fast had already passed, Paul was advising them, 27:10 saying to them, Men, I view that the voyage is about to be with disaster and much damage, not only of the load and of the ship, but also of our lives. 27:11 But the centurion was being persuaded by the helmsman and by the ship-owner, rather than by the things being spoken by Paul. 27:12 But the harbor being* unfit for a wintering, most of the counsel purposed to set-sail to sea from there, if somehow they might be able to winter, after having arrived in Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, looking down the northwest and downthe southwest. 27:13 Now when*wind from the south blew softly, having thought to have taken-hold of their purpose, they lifted the anchor up and were coasting-along, closer to Crete. 27:14 But not long after, a typhoon wind, being called Euroclydon, was cast against her; 27:15 and when* the ship was seized and it was not able to face the wind, having given her to the wind, we were being carried along. 27:16 Now having ran under the lee of a certain isle called Clauda, we were strong-enough to become skippers of the boat with difficulty; 27:17 and they, having lifted it up, were using cables, undergirding the ship, and fearing lest they might fall upon the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the tackling and so we were being carried along. 27:18 But being extremely storm-tossed, the next daythey were making* a jettison of the cargo; 27:19 and the third day they tossed out the tackling of the ship with their own hands. 27:20 But when* neither sun nor stars appeared upon most days and not justa small storm was laying down upon us, all our hope to be saved was furthermore taken away.

     27:21 Now they are without much food {i.e. almost starving}, then Paul, having been standing in the midst of them, said, O men, it was essential for youĎ to have been obedient to me and to have not set-sail away from Crete and then to have gained this disaster and damage. 27:22 And hereafter, I am advising youĎ to be cheerful; for*there will be no termination of life from among youĎ, however of the ship, yes. 27:23 For* there stood beside me this night a messenger of the God, whose I am, to whom I also am giving-divine service to, 27:24 saying, Do not fear, Paul; it is essential for you to stand-before Caesar and behold, God has granted to you all those who are sailing with you. 27:25 Hence, beĎcheerful, men; for* I believe God, that it will be so according to the manner it has been spoken to me.27:26 But it is essential for us to fall onto a certain island.

     27:27 Now as it became the fourteenth night, being carried to and fro in the Adriatic Sea, in the middle of the night, the sailors were perceiving some region to be coming up before them. 27:28 And having sounded, they found twenty fathoms, and after a little bit of an interval of time, having sounded again, they found fifteen fathoms. 27:29 And fearing lest we might fall into rough places, they tossed the four anchors from the stern and was praying for it to become day. 27:30 But the sailors wereseeking to flee out of the ship and having lowered the boat into the sea in pretext, as though they are about to heave out anchors from the prow, 27:31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, If thesesailors do not remain in the ship, youĎ are not able to be saved. 27:32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat and permitted her to fall. 27:33 Now till it was about to become day, Paul was encouraging them all to take some nourishment, saying, Today is the fourteenth day that youĎ were expecting to arrive; youĎ are continuing without food, having taken nothing to eat for yourselves.27:34 Hence I am encouraging youĎ to take some nourishment; for* this is* for yourĎ salvation; for* not a hair will be falling from the head of any one of you. 27:35 Now having said these things and having taken bread, he gave-thanks to God in the sight of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 27:36 When*all became cheerful, they themselves also took nourishment. 27:37 Now we were in the ship, all two hundred and seventy-six souls. 27:38 Now having been satisfied from the nourishment, they lightened the ship, casting the grain out into the sea.

     {Nov. 1, 61 AD. Shipwreck on Malta.}

     27:39 Now when it became day, they were not recognizing the land, but were considering a certain bay, having a beach and they planned if it was possible to drive the ship into it. 27:40 And having taken off the couplings to the anchors, they were permitting them to fall in the sea, having laxed the rudders' couplings at the same time, and having lifted up the foresail to the blowing wind, they were heading toward the beach. 27:41 But having fallen into a place at the intersection of two seas, they beached the cargo-ship, and indeed the prow stuck and remained unshakable, but the stern was being dissolved by the violence of the waves.

     27:42 Now the soldiers' plan happened to be that* they should kill the prisoners, lest some should swim out and flee). 27:43 But the centurion, planning to save Paul, did forbid them from their will, and commanded those who were able to swim to toss themselves over first and go out to land; 27:44 and the rest, some upon planks and any other things from the ship. And so it happened, all were to be saved upon the land.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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