Acts 27:1-2, 33-44 NLT

1.When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of a Roman officer named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment.

2. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us. We left on a ship whose home port was Adramyttium on the northwest coast of the province of Asia; it was scheduled to make several stops at ports along the coast of the province.

33. Just as day was dawning, Paul urged everyone to eat. "You have been so worried that you haven't touched food for two weeks," he said.

34. "Please eat something now for your own good. For not a hair of your heads will perish."

35. Then he took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it.

36. Then everyone was encouraged and began to eat—

37. all 276 of us who were on board.

38. After eating, the crew lightened the ship further by throwing the cargo of wheat overboard.

39. When morning dawned, they didn't recognize the coastline, but they saw a bay with a beach and wondered if they could get to shore by running the ship aground.

40. So they cut off the anchors and left them in the sea. Then they lowered the rudders, raised the foresail, and headed toward shore.

41. But they hit a shoal and ran the ship aground too soon. The bow of the ship stuck fast, while the stern was repeatedly smashed by the force of the waves and began to break apart.

42. The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn't swim ashore and escape.

43. But the commanding officer wanted to spare Paul, so he didn't let them carry out their plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land.

44. The others held on to planks or debris from the broken ship. So everyone escaped safely to shore."

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