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Acts Chapter 27

Acts 27:1
27:1 And {1} 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.

 (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 to the world with
     many singular testimonies.

Acts 27:7
27:7 And 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 {a} Salmone;

     (a) Which was a high hill of Crete.

Acts 27:9
27:9 {2} Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now
     dangerous, because the {b} fast was now already past, Paul
     admonished [them],

 (2) God's providence does not take away the causes which God
     uses as means, but rather orders and disposes their right
     use, even when he reveals an extraordinary issue.
     (b) This refers to the Jews fast which they kept in the
         feast of expiation, as we read in Leviticus 23:17,
         which fell in the seventh month which we call October,
         and is not good for navigating or sailing.

Acts 27:11
27:11 {3} Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the
      owner of the ship, more than those things which were
      spoken by Paul.

 (3) Men cast themselves willingly into an infinite amount of
     dangers, when they choose to follow their own wisdom,
     rather than God, when he speaks by the mouth of his

Acts 27:14
27:14 But not long after there arose against {c} it a
      tempestuous wind, called {d} Euroclydon.

      (c) By Crete, from whose shore our ship was driven by that
      (d) Northeast wind.

Acts 27:18
27:18 {4} And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the
      next [day] they lightened the ship;

 (4) The result proves that none provide worse for themselves
     than those who commit themselves to be governed only by
     their own wisdom.

Acts 27:21
27:21 {5} But 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.

 (5) God spares the wicked for a time, for the sake of his elect
     and chosen.

Acts 27:25
27:25 {6} Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God,
      that it shall be even as it was told me.

 (6) The promise is made effectual through faith.

Acts 27:27
27:27 {7} But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were
      driven up and down in {e} Adria, about midnight the
      shipmen deemed {f} that they drew near to some country;

 (7) We attain and come to the promised and sure salvation
     through the midst of tempests and death itself.
     (e) For Ptolemy writes that the Adriatic Sea beats upon the
         east shore of Cecilia.
     (f) Or, some country drew near to them.

Acts 27:30
27:30 {8} And 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

 (8) No matter how foul the act, distrust and an evil conscience
     can always compel men to commit it.

Acts 27:31
27:31 {9} Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except
      these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

 (9) Although the performing of God's promises does not depend
     upon secondary causes, yet they make themselves unworthy of
     God's bountifulness who do not embrace those means which
     God offers them, either upon rashness or distrust.

Acts 27:33
27:33 {10} And 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

      (10) When the world trembles, the faithful alone are not
           only at peace, but strengthen and encourage others by
           their example.

Acts 27:34
27:34 Wherefore I pray you to take [some] meat: for this is for
      your health: for there shall not an {g} hair fall from the
      head of any of you.

      (g) This is a proverb which the Hebrews use, by which is
          meant that they will be safe, and that not one of them
          will perish.

Acts 27:39
27:39 {11} And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they
      discovered a certain {h} creek with a shore, 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.

Acts 27:41
27:41 And falling into a place where {i} 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.

      (i) So is an isthmus called, because the Sea touches it on
          both sides.

Acts 27:42
27:42 {12} And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners,
      lest any of them should swim out, and escape.

 (12) There is nowhere more unfaithfulness and unthankfulness in

Acts 27:43
27:43 {13} But 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:

 (13) God finds even amongst his enemies those whose help he
      uses to preserve his own.

Acts 27:44
27:44 {14} And 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.

 (14) The goodness of God overcomes man's malice.

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