GENEVA BIBLE 1599
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1 Now (1) when it was concluded, that we should sail into Italy, they delivered both Paul, and certain other prisoners unto a Centurion named Julius, of the band of Augustus.
(1) Paul with many other prisoners, and through the midst of many deaths, is brought to Rome, but yet by God's own hand as it were, and set forth and commended unto the world with many singular testimonies.
2 And (*) we entered into a ship of Adramyttium, purposing to sail by the coasts of Asia, and launched forth, and had Aristarchus of Macedonia, a Thessalonian, with us.
(*) 2 Corinthians 11:25 .
3 And the next day we arrived at Sidon; and Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends, that they might refresh him.
4 And from thence we launched, and sailed hard by (*) Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.
(*) From Sidon to Myra they should have sailed North, and by West; but the winds caused them to sail to Cyprus plain North; thence to Cilicia North and by East, and so to Pamphylia, and Myra plain West.
5 Then sailed we over the sea by Cilicia, and Pamphylia, and came to Myra, a city in Lycia.
6 And there the Centurion found a ship of Alexandria, sailing into Italy, and put us therein.
7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come against Cnidus, because the wind suffered us not, we sailed hard by (*) Crete, near to (a) Salmone,
(*) Or, Candy.
(a) Which was a high hill of Crete bowing to the seaward.
8 And with much ado sailed beyond it, and came unto a certain place called the Fair Havens, near unto the which was the city Lasea.
9 (2) So when much time was spent, and sailing was now jeopardous, because also the (b) (*) Fast was now passed, Paul exhorted them,
(2) God's providence taketh not away the causes which God
useth as means, but rather ordereth and disposeth their
right use even then when he openeth an extraordinary issue.
(b) This is meant of the Jew’s fast, which they keep in the feast of expiation, as we read Leviticus 23:27; which fell in the seventh month which we call October, and is not good for navigation, or sailing.
(*) This fast the Jews observed about the month of October in the Feast of their expiation, Leviticus 23:37 . So that Paul thought it better to winter there, than to sail in the deep of winter which was at hand.
10 And said unto them, Sirs, I see that this voyage will be with hurt, and much damage, not of the lading and ship only, but also of our lives.
11 (3) Nevertheless the Centurion believed rather the governor and the master of the ship, than those things which were spoken of Paul.
(3) Men cast themselves willingly into an infinite sort of dangers, when they chose to follow their own wisdom, rather than God speaking by the mouth of his servants.
12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, many took counsel to depart thence, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, there to winter, which is a haven of Crete, and lieth toward the Southwest and by West, and Northwest and by West.
13 And when the Southern wind blew softly, they supposing to obtain their purpose, loosed nearer, and sailed by Crete.
14 But anon after, there arose by (c) it a stormy wind called (d) Euroclydon.
(c) By Crete, from whose shore our ship was driven by that
(d) That is, the Northeast wind, or every East wind that is furious and stormy.
15 And when the ship was caught, and could not resist the wind, we let her go, and were carried away.
16 And we ran under a little Isle named (*) Clauda, and had much ado to get the boat.
(*) This isle was West and by South from Crete straight toward the gulf Syrtis, which were certain boiling sands that swallowed up all that they caught.
17 Which they took up and used all help, undergirding the ship, fearing lest they should have fallen into Syrtis, and they let down the sail, and so were carried.
18 (4) The next day when we were tossed with an exceeding tempest, they (*) lightened the ship.
(4) The end proveth that none provide worse for themselves, than they which commit themselves to be governed only by their own wisdom.
(*) Or, cast out the wares.
19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay upon us, all hope that we should be saved, was then taken away.
21 (5) But after long abstinence, Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened to me, and not have loosed from Crete, so should ye have (*) gained this hurt and loss.
(5) God spareth the wicked for a time, for his elect and chosen’s sake.
(*) That is, ye should have saved the loss by avoiding the danger.
22 But now I exhort you to be of good courage, for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, save of the ship only.
23 For there stood by me this night the Angel of (*) God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
(*) They could not then reprove him of rashness, seeing that this was the ordinance of God.
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; for thou must be brought before Caesar; and lo, God hath given unto (*) thee all that sail with thee.
(*) The graces and blessings, which God giveth to his children, profit many times the enemies, which are unworthy to receive the fruit thereof.
25 (6) Wherefore, Sirs, be of good courage, for (*) I believe God, that it shall be so as it hath been told me.
(6) The promise is made effectual through faith.
(*) Faith is grounded upon the word of God.
26 Howbeit, we must be cast into a certain island.
27 (7) And when the fourteenth night was come, as we were carried to and fro in the (e) (*) Adriatic sea about midnight, the shipmen deemed that some country (f) approached unto them,
(7) We attain and come to the promised and sure salvation
through the midst of tempests and death itself.
(e) For Ptolemy writeth, that the Adriatic Sea beateth upon the East shore of Cilicia.
(*) This sea in Strabo’s time was taken for all that part,
which was about the mountains called Ceraunii, and so
divideth Italy from Dalmatia, and goeth up to Venice.
(f) That they drew near to some country.
28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.
29 Then fearing lest they should have fallen into some rough places, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished that the day were come.
30 (8) Now as the mariners were about to flee out of the ship, and had let down the boat into the sea under a color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship.
(8) There is none so foul an act, whereupon distrust and an evil conscience do not enforce men.
31 (9) Paul said unto the Centurion and the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, (*) ye cannot be safe.
(9) Although the performing of God's promises doth not simply depend upon second causes, yet they make themselves unworthy, of God's bountifulness, which do not embrace those means which God offereth them, either upon rashness or distrust.
(*) Paul would use such means, as God had ordained, lest he should seem to have tempted.
32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let it fall away.
33 (10) And when it began to be day, Paul exhorted them all to take meat, saying, This is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried, and continued (*) fasting, receiving nothing;
(10) When the world trembleth, the faithful alone be not only quiet, but confirm others by their example.
(*) He meaneth an extraordinary abstinence, which came of the fear of death, and so took away their appetite.
34 Wherefore I exhort you to take meat, for this is for your safeguard, for there shall not (*) a (g) hair fall from the head of any of you.
(*) By this Hebrew phrase is meant that they should be in all points safe and sound, 1 Samuel 14:45; 1 Kings 1:52; Matthew 10:30 .
(g) This is a proverb which the Hebrews use, whereby is meant, that they shall be safe, and not one of them perish.
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all, and brake it, and began to eat.
36 Then were they all of good courage, and they also took meat.
37 Now we were in the ship in all two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.
38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.
39 (11) And when it was day, they knew not the country, but they spied a certain (h) creek with a bank, into the which they were minded (if it were possible) to thrust in the ship.
(11) Then are tempests most of all to be feared and looked
for, when the port or haven is nearest.
(h) A creek is a sea within land, as the Adriatic Sea, and the Persian Sea.
40 So when they had taken up the anchors, they committed the ship unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bonds, and hoisted up the main sail to the wind, and drew to the shore.
41 And when they fell into a place, where (i) two seas met, they thrust in the ship; and the forepart stuck fast, and could not be moved, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
(i) So is Isthmus called, because the sea toucheth it on both sides.
42 (12) Then the soldiers’ counsel was (*) to kill the prisoners, lest any of them, when he had swam out, should flee away.
(12) There is nowhere more unfaithfulness and unthankfulness than in unbelievers.
(*) This declareth the great and barbarous ingratitude of the wicked, which cannot be won by no benefits.
43 (13) But the Centurion willing to save Paul, stayed them from this counsel, and commanded that they that could swim, should cast themselves first into the sea, and go out to land;
(13) God findeth even amongst his enemies them whose help he useth to preserve his.
44 (14) And the others, some on boards, and some on certain pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they came all safe to land.
(14) The goodness of God overcometh man's malice.
1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
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