Acts Chapter 27

Acts 27

1And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band.

2And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

3And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

4And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.

5And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

6And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.

7And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;

8And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.

9Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

10And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

11Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

12And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.

13And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

14But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

15And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

16And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

17Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.

18And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;

19And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.

20And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

21But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

22And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.

23For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

24Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

25Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

26Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.

27But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;

28And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.

29Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

30And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,

31Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

32Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

33And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.

34Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

35And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

36Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.

37And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.

38And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.

39And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.

40And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

41And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.

42And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.

43But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land:

44And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.


24 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 27

  1. (11)Nevertheless the centurion believed the master more than those things which were spoken by Paul; I look at it being us smetimes wanting to please the flesh,instead of listening and believing to what the Hoy Spirit has to say Anyways…(13)And when south wind blew softly “supposing”that they had obtained their purpose…(14)but not long after…they had a amn of God with them,they dodnt want to listen or do what Paul said,and ofcourse the result was not good,things got worst.(going from place to place,not looking any good,strong winds,storms,the picture looks so dard day after day,they are loosing hope…i wonder if you my friend have been there,but guess what?God and his mercy endureth forever,in this case God used Paul to confort them and they finally heard what Paul had to say. TO GOD BE THE GLORY….

  2. It is amazing that after Paul’s prediction in Acts 27:31, concerning the shipwreck and its outcome came to pass that instead of believing Paul the seamen wanted to kill him. This again demonstrates how powerful Satan really is. If he could control these men just after they had witnessed God’s protection of Paul, he can control us, if we don’t stay full of the Holy Ghost. This same evil spirit of Satan is the spirit that is so prevalent in our society today, leading the world headlong into the end time days. We must strengthen our hold on God through the Holy Ghost by praying and fasting as Paul did (verse 33). How many of us will fall by the wayside because we haven’t strengthened our armor to shield us from the onslaught of Satan? How many will heed the Word of God by staying in the ship? In order to survive we must fast and pray so that we will be able to smell the fragrance of the Spirit after the storm passes.

  3. I look at this chapter in a spiritual sense, and I focus on verses 10, 21, and 31. Paul warned them not to loose from Crete, because much harm and loss was going to come to them. Also, later on, he told them to abide in the ship, or they wouldn’t be saved. How often does pastor or another minister warn us to stay in church and be saved, because if we get out of church, much harm and loss will come to our lives. Let’s stay in church, be saved, and BE CHURCH.

  4. So many times we hear ministers give warning and yet we don’t heed. To “BE CHURCH” we must heed all warnings for God.

  5. This is a perfect example of how God uses authorative figures in our lives i.e. our Pastor to speak direction to us when we are going through tests and storms, and yet when we are given that direction, many times like the workers on the ship, we determine to do things our way. In this instance, this almost cost the entire crew their lives, but in the end their obedience brought all of them to safety. If we will heed what the Lord speaks to us through His word or through our Leadership it can save not only us, but others that we are influencing from much heartache, and possibly our souls.

  6. Paul proved to be a calming presence on board the ship. Paul broke bread to give them strength, which makes me think, in the mist of trouble are you going to take care of yourselves or others. If you were about to crash in a plane will you take the time to reach to the other person and break bread “share His word with them?” I pray the answer is yes. Paul never let his circumstances detained him from sharing God’s word, and I pray we can do the same.

  7. So much to glean from this chapter.

    1. Trust the voice of the man of GOD! (Dont sail/Now dont worry)
    2. It aint over til GOD says its over. (May not be convenient, boards)
    3. GOD will honor the prophetic words of his servants. (All survived)
    4. Storms happen when hot and cold air meet.
    5. Where 2 seas meet requires decisions.

    Paul in the midst of the storm was faithful to his call to minister; he served food and encouraged others in the midst of the storm. 35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. 36 Then were they all of good cheer,

    Jesus help us to be faithful encouragers in the midst of our storms.
    BE Church

  8. Just like Paul, God gives us warnings and signs to make our decisions. We try to make decisions on our own, but God wants us to pray and trust to make decisions with his guidance. Waiting for God’s time, everything will turn out for the better.

  9. This chapter reminds me that God is with us through our biggest trials and storms. Just like the angel of God told Paul not to be afraid and take courage, we too should remember that God is in control of all things.

  10. God knows how to watch over his people. When there is a child of God around and trouble is brewing, those who are close to God’s children will be saved in the process as well. There were specific instructions that had to be followed in order for everybody to make off the ship alive. It is important that we follow every word of God and not just some parts in order to get the full blessing that God has in store for us.

  11. it doesn’t. matter how. big the storm the storm is when your following the voice of God. God was not finished with Paul and He was not going to let anything happen to him.

  12. Paul said, For I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. He had no doubt in his mind that what God said was going to come to pass. Maybe we don’t hear an audible voice but I still believe that God gives everyone a promise! We only now have to learn to do as Paul and BELIEVE!!

  13. I find it interesting what was said in v31 “Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.” The ship’s crew were looking to leave the ship in a small boat they had after they realized there was land nearby. Yet that was not the way they were to go. Paul told the centurian and soldiers that they couldn’t be saved except the ship’s crew stayed. They responded by cutting the ropes holding the boat and letting it go.

    This reminds me of how we can find ourselves stuck in a storm and see an “easy way out” like the boat. Yet in trying to save ourselves from the storm, we would do so to the loss of those depending on us. Just as how if we choose to give up and backslide, it doesn’t hurt just us but all those following us. Like physical suicide, spiritual suicide (leaving the “ship”/church) doesn’t really solve our problems and causes great suffering and grief to those around us.

  14. Had those men not listened to God’s man, they would have all been killed. We display great wisdom when we realize that our own opinion of matters may not be the best, but to trust the man of God, that HE has placed in our lives.

  15. v10 There is safety in listening to our spiritual leaders. God allows them to see those things which we do not and to warn us of danger. I am grateful I have a Pastor who is bold in the word; unafraid to warn us of spiritual danger. In order to BE CHURCH we must come under the leadership that God has put in our lives. It will produce growth in our lives. Growth will build our faith. Faith will produce a passion for souls.

  16. Its amazing that even though Paul warned them & then he conforted them and even told them to eat & gain their strength they still wanted to kill them but God was not going to allow this & he used the centurion to convince them to let the prisoners live

  17. v 29 In the middle of a midnight squall, the passengers and crew did all they could possibly do – they dropped some anchors to try to stop the runaway ship. Then they prayed. Paul alone was praying to the one God who could do anything about their situation. This is a good reminder for us. We must never rely solely on our own wisdom or skills, but it is equally wrong to sit and do nothing when there are still actions we can take to overcome certain problems. We need to do all that we can to fix the problem then trust God to do his part.

  18. Paul showed there is nothing to fear except, God when he shook off the snake. He also showed humility, he could have easily accepted the temptation that was placed before him when they perceived him as a god. This Chapter is an inspiration of faith, courage and wisdom, which other saints like Paul have shown.

  19. I admire Paul for fasting and praying for those taking him prisoner-that none of them should suffer death -even though the soldiers were willing to kill him & the other prisoners rather than chance letting them escape. God is so merciful to even these sinners because Paul prayed for them all.

    How many people do our prayers cover and God spares them from death due to our prayers? Thank you Jesus for those unsaved loved that you protect and will bring into the kingdom because of our prayers for them!

  20. “Be of good cheer”, even in the middle of the storm, with all the world against them, Paul listens to the voice of the Lord, and relays a simple message, “Be of good cheer.” Can we do the same?

  21. 21But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.


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