:B:1 When it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they handed over Paul and the other prisoners into the care of an officer of the Augustan battalion, named Ju lius. 2 We board ed a ship of Adra myttium bound for the Asian coasts, and we left accompanied by Aris tarchus, a Macedonian from the city of Thessalonica. 3 We arrived at Si don on the next day. Julius was very kind to Paul, letting him visit his friends and be cared for by them. 4 From there, we sailed along the sheltered coast of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. 5 We sailed across the seas off Cilicia and Pamphylia and arrived at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the captain found a ship from Alexandria sailing for Italy and made us board it.
7 We sailed slowly for several days, and arrived with great difficulty at Cnidus. As the wind did not allow us to enter that port, we sailed for the shelter of Crete with the Cape of Salmone within sight. 8 We turned with difficulty and arrived at a place called Good Ports, near the city of La sea.
9 Time passed and the crossing be gan to be dangerous: we had al ready celebrated the feast of the Fast. 10 Then Paul said to them: Friends, I believe that it would not be very wise to proceed with our crossing for we could lose not only the cargo and the ship but also our lives. 11 But the Roman officer relied more on the ships captain and the owner of the ship than on the words of Paul. 12 And as the port was not suitable for wintering, the majority agreed to set out from there in the hope of reaching the harbor of Crete called Phoenix, overlooking Africa and Choros, where they could spend the winter.
Storm and shipwreck
13 Then the south wind began to blow and they thought that they had gained their purpose
16 As we were crossing under the lee of the small island of Cauda, we managed but with effort to secure the lifeboat. 17 After lifting it aboard, they used cables to undergird the hull, and since we feared running aground on the sands of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor. So we continued to be dragged along.
18 The storm lashed at us so strongly that on the next day they began throwing the cargo over board. 19 On the third day the sailors with their own hands threw out the ships gear. 20 For several days neither the sun nor the stars could be seen, and the tempest had not subsided: we lost all hope of saving ourselves.
21 As we had not eaten for days, Paul stood up among them and said: Friends, if you had followed my advice when I told you not to set sail from Crete, we would not be in such danger now, and we could have avoided this loss. 22 But now I invite you to regain courage for no one among you shall die
25 Have courage, therefore, my friends, for I trust in God that it will be just as he told me. 26 But we have to run aground on some island.
27 Near midnight on the fourteenth night, as we were drifting in the Adriatic Sea, the sailors suspected that land was near. 28 They measured the depth of the water and it was thirty-seven meters. After a while, they measured it again and it was twenty-seven meters. 29 They feared that we might hit some rocks, so they cast out four anchors from the stern and waited anxiously for morning. 30 Then the sailors tried to escape from the ship under the pretext of extending the cables of the anchors from the bow, so they lowered the lifeboat into the sea. 31 But Paul said to the captain and to the soldiers: If they leave the ship, you can not be saved. 32 So the soldiers cut the mooring cables of the boat and let it fall.
33 As they waited for dawn, Paul urged everyone: For fourteen days you have not eaten anything be cause of anxious waiting. 34 I ask you to eat now if you want to live
39 When morning came, they did not recognize the land but noticed a bay with a beach, so they decided to run the ship aground, if possible. 40 They cast off the anchors and left them in the sea
42 The soldiers then planned to kill the prisoners for fear that some of them might escape by swimming. 43 But the captain, who wished to save Paul, did not allow them to do this. He ordered those who knew how to swim, to be the first to jump into the water and head for the shore, 44 and the rest to hold on to planks or pieces of the ship. So all of us reached land safe and sound.