Acts 27:13-44 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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13Then a good wind began to blow from the south. The men on the ship thought, "This
is the wind we wanted, and now we have it!" So they pulled up the anchor. We sailed
very close to the island of Crete. 14But then a very strong wind named the "Northeaster"
came from across the island. 15This wind took the ship and carried it away. The
ship could not sail against the wind. So we stopped trying and let the wind blow
us. 16We went below a small island named Cauda. Then* we were able to bring in
the lifeboat, but it was very hard to do. 17After the men took the lifeboat in,
they tied ropes around the ship to hold the ship together. The men were afraid that
the ship would hit the sandbanks of Syrtis.* So they lowered the sail and let the
wind carry the ship. 18The next day the storm was blowing us so hard that the men
threw some things out of the ship.* 19A day later they threw out the ship's equipment.
20For many days we could not see the sun or the stars. The storm was very bad. We
lost all hope of staying alive--we thought we would die.
21The men did not eat for a long time. Then one day Paul stood up before them and
said, "Men, I told you not to leave Crete. You should have listened to me. Then
you would not have all this trouble and loss. 22But now I tell you to be happy.
None of you will die! But the ship will be lost. 23Last night an angel came to me
from God. This is the God I worship. I am his. 24God's angel said, 'Paul, don't
be afraid! You must stand before Caesar.* And God has given you this [promise]:
He will save the lives of all those men sailing with you.' 25So men, be happy! I
trust in God. Everything will happen like his angel told me. 26But we will crash
on an island."
27On the 14th night we were floating around in the Adriatic Sea.* The sailors thought
we were close to land. 28They threw a rope into the water with a weight on the end
of it. They found that the water was 120 feet deep. They went a little farther and
threw the rope in again. It was 90 feet deep. 29The sailors were afraid that we
would hit the rocks. So they threw four anchors into the water. Then they prayed
for daylight to come. 30Some of the sailors wanted to leave the ship. They lowered
the lifeboat to the water. The sailors wanted the other men to think that they were
throwing more anchors from the front of the ship. 31But Paul told the army officer*
and the other soldiers, "If these men do not stay in the ship, then your lives cannot
be saved!" 32So the soldiers cut the ropes and let the lifeboat fall into the water.
33Just before dawn Paul began persuading all the people to eat something. He said,
"For the past two weeks you have been waiting and watching. You have not eaten for
14 days. 34Now I beg (ask) you to eat something. You need it to stay alive. None
of you will lose even one hair off your heads." 35After he said this, Paul took
some bread and thanked God for it before all of them. He broke off a piece and
began eating. 36All the men felt better. They all started eating too. 37(There were
276 people on the ship.) 38We ate all we wanted. Then we began making the ship lighter
by throwing the grain into the sea.
The Ship Is Destroyed
39When daylight came the sailors saw land. But they did not know what land it was.
They saw a bay with a beach. The sailors wanted to sail the ship to the beach if
they could. 40So they cut the ropes to the anchors and left the anchors in the
sea. At the same time, they untied the ropes that were holding the rudders. Then
they raised the front sail into the wind and sailed toward the beach. 41But the
ship hit a sandbank. The front of the ship stuck there. The ship could not move.
Then the big waves began to break the back of the ship to pieces. 42The soldiers
decided to kill the prisoners so that none of the prisoners could swim away and
escape. 43But the army officer* (Julius) wanted to let Paul live. So he did not
allow the soldiers to kill the prisoners. Julius told the people that could swim
to jump into the water and swim to land. 44The other people used wooden boards or
pieces of the ship. And this is how all the people went to land. None of the people
Footnotes: Then While the island protected them from the wind. Syrtis Shallow area
in the sea near the Libyan coast. threw some things...ship The men did this to make
the ship lighter so that it would not sink easily. Caesar The name given to the
emperor (ruler) of Rome. Adriatic Sea The sea between Greece and Italy, including
the central part of the Mediterranean Sea. army officer A centurion, a Roman army
officer who had authority over 100 soldiers.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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