1It was decided that we would sail for Italy. An army officer named Julius guarded Paul and some other prisoners. Julius served in the emperor’s special army. 2We got on a ship and left. The ship was from the city of Adramyttium and was ready to sail to different places in Asia. Aristarchus went with us. He was a man from the city of Thessalonica in Macedonia. 3The next day we came to the city of Sidon. Julius was very good to Paul. He gave Paul freedom to go visit his friends. These friends took care of Paul’s needs. 4We left the city of Sidon. We sailed close to the island of Cyprus because the wind was blowing against us. 5We went across the sea by Cilicia and Pamphylia. Then we came to the city of Myra in Lycia. 6In Myra the army officer found a ship from the city of Alexandria. This ship was going to Italy. So he put us on it. 7We sailed slowly for many days. It was hard for us to reach the city of Cnidus because the wind was blowing against us. We could not go any farther that way. So we sailed by the south side of the island of Crete near Salmone. 8We sailed along the coast, but the sailing was hard. Then we came to a place called Safe Harbors. The city of Lasea was near there. 9But we had lost much time. It was now dangerous to sail, because it was already after the Jewish day of fasting. So Paul warned them, 10”Men, I can see that there will be much trouble on this trip. The ship and the things in the ship will be lost. Our lives may even be lost!” 11But the captain and the owner of the ship did not agree with Paul. So the army officer did not believe Paul. Instead, the officer believed what the captain and owner of the ship said. 12And that harbor ˻(Safe Harbors)˼ was not a good place for the ship to stay for the winter. So most of the men decided that the ship should leave there. The men hoped we could go to Phoenix. The ship could stay there for the winter. (Phoenix was a city on the island of Crete. It had a harbor that faced southwest and northwest.) 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 fourteenth 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. 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 died.