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Today's Scripture Reading

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Job 25

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,

2 "Dominion and fear are with him; He makes peace in his high places.

3 Can his armies be counted? On whom does his light not arise?

4 How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?

5 Behold, even the moon has no brightness, And the stars are not pure in his sight;

6 How much less man, who is a worm! The son of man, who is a worm!"

Job 26

1 Then Job answered,

2 "How have you helped him who is without power! How have you saved the arm that has no strength!

3 How have you counseled him who has no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge!

4 To whom have you uttered words? Whose spirit came forth from you?

5 "Those who are deceased tremble, Those beneath the waters and all that live in them.

6 Sheol is naked before God, And Abaddon has no covering.

7 He stretches out the north over empty space, And hangs the earth on nothing.

8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, And the cloud is not burst under them.

9 He encloses the face of his throne, And spreads his cloud on it.

10 He has described a boundary on the surface of the waters, And to the confines of light and darkness.

11 The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at his rebuke.

12 He stirs up the sea with his power, And by his understanding he strikes through Rahab.

13 By his Spirit the heavens are garnished. His hand has pierced the swift serpent.

14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

Job 27

1 Job again took up his parable, and said,

2 "As God lives, who has taken away my right, The Almighty, who has made my soul bitter.

3 (For the length of my life is still in me, And the spirit of God is in my nostrils);

4 Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit.

5 Far be it from me that I should justify you. Until I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

6 I hold fast to my righteousness, and will not let it go. My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

7 "Let my enemy be as the wicked, Let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.

8 For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, When God takes away his life?

9 Will God hear his cry, When trouble comes on him?

10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty, And call on God at all times?

11 I will teach you about the hand of God. That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; Why then have you become altogether vain?

13 "This is the portion of a wicked man with God, The heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty.

14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

15 Those who remain of him shall be buried in death. His widows shall make no lamentation.

16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare clothing as the clay;

17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, And the innocent shall divide the silver.

18 He builds his house as the moth, As a booth which the watchman makes.

19 He lies down rich, but he shall not do so again. He opens his eyes, and he is not.

20 Terrors overtake him like waters; A tempest steals him away in the night.

21 The east wind carries him away, and he departs; It sweeps him out of his place.

22 For it hurls at him, and does not spare, As he flees away from his hand.

23 Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.

Job 28

1 "Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine.

2 Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is smelted out of the ore.

3 Man sets an end to darkness, And searches out, to the furthest bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.

4 He breaks open a shaft away from where people live. They are forgotten by the foot. They hang far from men, they swing back and forth.

5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread; Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

6 Sapphires come from its rocks. It has dust of gold.

7 That path no bird of prey knows, Neither has the falcon`s eye seen it.

8 The proud animals have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed by there.

9 He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock, And he overturns the mountains by the roots.

10 He cuts out channels among the rocks. His eye sees every precious thing.

11 He binds the streams that they don`t trickle; The thing that is hidden he brings forth to light.

12 "But where shall wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?

13 Man doesn`t know its price; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

14 The deep says, `It isn`t in me.` The sea says, `It isn`t with me.`

15 It can`t be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighed for its price.

16 It can`t be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

17 Gold and glass can`t equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

20 Whence then comes wisdom? Where is the place of understanding?

21 Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the sky.

22 Destruction and Death say, `We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.`

23 "God understands its way, And he knows its place.

24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, And sees under the whole sky.

25 He establishes the force of the wind; Yes, he measures out the waters by measure.

26 When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder;

27 Then did he see it, and declare it. He established it, yes, and searched it out.

28 To man he said, `Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.`"

Psalms 81

1 Sing aloud to God, our strength! Make a joyful noise to the God of Jacob!

2 Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine, The pleasant lyre with the harp.

3 Blow the trumpet at the New Moon, At the full moon, on our feast day.

4 For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob.

5 He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, When he went out over the land of Egypt, I heard a language that I didn`t know.

6 "I removed his shoulder from the burden. His hands were freed from the basket.

7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you. I answered you in the secret place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah." Selah.

8 "Hear, my people, and I will testify to you. Israel, if you would listen to me!

9 There shall be no strange god in you, Neither shall you worship any foreign god.

10 I am Yahweh, your God, Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 But my people didn`t listen to my voice. Israel desired none of me.

12 So I let them go after the stubbornness of their hearts, That they might walk in their own counsels.

13 Oh that my people would listen to me, That Israel would walk in my ways!

14 I would soon subdue their enemies, And turn my hand against their adversaries.

15 The haters of Yahweh would cringe before him, And their punishment would last forever.

16 But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat. I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock." Psalm 82 A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 82

1 God presides in the great assembly. He judges among the gods.

2 "How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked?" Selah.

3 "Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless. Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

4 Rescue the weak and needy. Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked."

5 They don`t know, neither do they understand. They walk back and forth in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 I said, "You are gods, All of you are sons of the Most High.

7 Nevertheless you shall die like men, And fall like one of the rulers."

8 Arise, God, judge the earth, For you inherit all of the nations. Psalm 83 A song. A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 83

1 God, don`t keep silent. Don`t keep silent, and don`t be still, God.

2 For, behold, your enemies are stirred up. Those who hate you have lifted up their heads.

3 They conspire with cunning against your people. They plot against your cherished ones.

4 "Come," they say, "and let us destroy them as a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more."

5 For they have conspired together with one mind. They form an alliance against you.

6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites;

7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8 Assyria also is joined with them. They have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

9 Do to them as you did to Midian, As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;

10 Who perished at Endor, Who became as dung for the earth.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb; Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna;

12 Who said, "Let us take possession Of God`s pasturelands."

13 My God, make them like tumbleweed; Like chaff before the wind.

14 As the fire that burns the forest, As the flame that sets the mountains on fire,

15 So pursue them with your tempest, Terrify them with your storm.

16 Fill their faces with confusion, That they may seek your name, Yahweh.

17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever. Yes, let them be confounded and perish;

18 That they may know that you alone, whose name is Yahweh, Are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 84 For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.

Psalms 84

1 How lovely are your dwellings, Yahweh of Hosts!

2 My soul longs, and even faints for the courts of Yahweh. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

3 Yes, the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young, Near your altars, Yahweh of Hosts, My King, and my God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house. They are always praising you. Selah.

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in you; Who have set their hearts on a pilgrimage.

6 Passing through the valley of Weeping, they make it a place of springs. Yes, the autumn rain covers it with blessings.

7 They go from strength to strength. Everyone of them appears before God in Zion.

8 Yahweh, God of hosts, hear my prayer. Listen, God of Jacob. Selah.

9 Behold, God our shield, Look at the face of your anointed.

10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11 For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield. Yahweh will give grace and glory. He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.

12 Yahweh of Hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in you. Psalm 85 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.

Psalms 85

1 Yahweh, you have been favorable to your land. You have restored the fortunes of Jacob.

2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people. You have covered all their sin. Selah.

3 You have taken away all your wrath. You have turned from the fierceness of your anger.

4 Turn us, God of our salvation, And cause your indignation toward us to cease.

5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you draw out your anger to all generations?

6 Won`t you revive us again, That your people may rejoice in you?

7 Show us your lovingkindness, Yahweh. Grant us your salvation.

8 I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, For he will speak peace to his people, his saints; But let them not turn again to folly.

9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, That glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth meet together. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth springs out of the earth. Righteousness has looked down from heaven.

12 Yes, Yahweh will give that which is good. Our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness goes before him, And prepares the way for his steps. Psalm 86 A Prayer by David.

Proverbs 17

1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame, And shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.

3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, But Yahweh tests the hearts.

4 An evil-doer gives heed to wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

6 Children`s children are the crown of old men; The glory of children are their parents.

7 Arrogant speech isn`t fitting for a fool, Much less do lying lips fit a prince.

8 A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

9 He who covers an offense promotes love; But he who repeats a matter separates chief friends.

10 A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred lashes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12 Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man, Rather than a fool in his folly.

13 Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil shall not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, Therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.

15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.

16 Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, Seeing he has no understanding?

17 A friend loves at all times; And a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, And becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.

19 He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.

20 One who has a perverse heart doesn`t find prosperity, And one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.

21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves. The father of a fool has no joy.

22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine, But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

23 A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, To pervert the ways of justice.

24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son brings grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.

26 Also to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to flog officials for their integrity.

27 He who spares his words has knowledge. He who is even tempered is a man of understanding.

28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise. When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.

Acts 24

1 After five days, the high priest, Ananias, came down with certain elders and an orator, one Tertullus. They informed the governor against Paul.

2 When he was called, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by you we enjoy much peace, and that excellent measures are coming to this nation,

3 we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness.

4 But, that I don`t delay you, I entreat you to bear with us and hear a few words.

5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and an instigator of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

6 He even tried to profane the temple. We arrested him.

7

8 By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him."

9 The Jews also joined in the attack, affirming that these things were so.

10 When the governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul answered, "Because I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I cheerfully make my defense,

11 seeing that you can recognize that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship at Jerusalem.

12 In the temple they didn`t find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the synagogues, or in the city.

13 Nor can they prove to you the things whereof they now accuse me.

14 But this I confess to you, that after the Way, which they call a sect, so I serve the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets;

15 having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

16 Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.

17 Now after some years, I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings;

18 amid which they found me purified in the temple, with no crowd, nor yet with tumult. But certain Jews from Asia --

19 who ought to have been here before you, and to make accusation, if they had anything against me.

20 Or else let these men themselves say what injustice they found in me when I stood before the council,

21 unless it is for this one thing that I cried standing among them, `Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged before you today!`"

22 But Felix, having more exact knowledge concerning the Way, deferred them, saying, "When Lysias, the commanding officer, comes down, I will decide your case."

23 He ordered the centurion that Paul should be kept in custody, and should have some privileges, and not to forbid any of his friends to serve him or to visit him.

24 But after some days, Felix came with Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ Jesus.

25 As he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified, and answered, "Go your way for this time, and when it is convenient for me, I will call you to me."

26 He hoped that way that money would be given to him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore also he sent for him more often, and talked with him.

27 But when two years were fulfilled, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and desiring to gain favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul in bonds.

Acts 25

1 Festus therefore, having come into the province, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.

2 Then the high priest and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul, and they begged him,

3 asking a favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem; plotting to kill him on the way.

4 However Festus answered that Paul was kept in custody at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to depart shortly.

5 "Let them therefore," said he, "that are in power among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong in the man, let them accuse him."

6 When he had stayed among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea, and on the next day he sat on the judgment seat, and commanded Paul to be brought.

7 When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing against him many and grievous charges which they could not prove,

8 while he said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I sinned at all."

9 But Festus, desiring to gain favor with the Jews, answered Paul and said, "Will you go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?"

10 But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar`s judgment seat, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well.

11 For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don`t refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that these accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"

12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go."

13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa, the King, and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and greeted Festus.

14 As they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul`s case before the King, saying, "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix;

15 about whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, asking for a sentence against him.

16 To whom I answered that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man to destruction, before the accused have met the accusers face to face, and have had opportunity to make his defense concerning the matter laid against him.

17 When therefore they were come together here, I didn`t delay, but on the next day sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought.

18 Concerning whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no charge of such things as I supposed;

19 but had certain questions against him of their own religion, and of one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.

20 I, being perplexed how to inquire concerning these things, asked whether he would go to Jerusalem and there be judged of these matters.

21 But when Paul had appealed to be kept for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be kept until I should send him to Caesar."

22 Agrippa said to Festus, "I also would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you will hear him."

23 So on the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and they had entered into the place of hearing with the commanding officers and principal men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.

24 Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.

25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and as he himself appealed to the emperor I determined to send him.

26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before you, king Agrippa, that, after examination, I may have something to write.

27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to also specify the charges against him."

Acts 26

1 Agrippa said to Paul, "You may speak for yourself." Then Paul stretched out his hand, and made his defense.

2 "I think myself happy, King Agrippa, that I am to make my defense before you this day concerning all the things whereof I am accused by the Jews,

3 especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.

4 "Indeed, all the Jews know my way of life from my youth up, which was from the beginning among my own nation and at Jerusalem;

5 having known me from the first, if they are willing to testify, that after the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

6 Now I stand here to be judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers,

7 which our twelve tribes, earnestly serving night and day, hope to attain. Concerning this hope I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa!

8 Why is it judged incredible with you, if God does raise the dead?

9 "I most assuredly thought with myself that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

10 This I also did in Jerusalem. I both shut up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were put to death I gave my vote against them.

11 Punishing them often in all the synagogues, I tried to make them blaspheme. Being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.

12 "Whereupon as I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission from the chief priests,

13 at noon, O King, I saw on the way a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who traveled with me.

14 When we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goad.`

15 I said, `Who are you, Lord?` He said, `I am Jesus, whom you persecute.

16 But arise, and stand on your feet, for to this end have I appeared to you, to appoint you a servant and a witness both of the things which you have seen, and of the things which I will reveal to you;

17 delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom I send you,

18 to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in me.`

19 "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,

20 but declared first to them of Damascus, at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.

21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple, and tried to kill me.

22 Having therefore obtained the help that is from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses did say should come,

23 how the Christ must suffer, and how he first by the resurrection of the dead should proclaim light both to these people and to the Gentiles."

24 As he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are crazy! Your great learning is driving you insane!"

25 But he said, "I am not crazy, most excellent Festus, but speak forth words of truth and soberness.

26 For the king knows of these things, to whom also I speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things is hidden from him, for this has not been done in a corner.

27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe."

28 Agrippa said to Paul, "With a little persuasion are you trying to make me a Christian?"

29 Paul said, "I pray to God, that whether with little or with much, not only you, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these bonds."

30 The king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and those who sat with them.

31 When they had withdrawn, they spoke one to another, saying, "This man does nothing worthy of death or of bonds."

32 Agrippa said to Festus, "This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."

Acts 27

1 When it was determined that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners to a centurion named Julius, of the Augustan band.

2 Embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to places on the coast of Asia, we put to sea, Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

3 The next day, we touched at Sidon. Julius treated Paul kindly, and gave him permission to go to his friends and refresh himself.

4 Putting to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.

5 When we had sailed across the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

6 There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy, and he put us on board.

7 When we had sailed slowly many days, and had come with difficulty opposite Cnidus, the wind not allowing us further, we sailed under the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone.

8 With difficulty sailing along it we came to a certain place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.

9 When much time was spent, and the voyage was now dangerous, because the Fast had now already gone by, Paul admonished them,

10 and said to them, "Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives."

11 But the centurion gave more heed to the master and to the owner of the ship than to those things which were spoken by Paul.

12 Because the haven was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to put to sea from there, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, and winter there, which is a port of Crete, looking northeast and southeast.

13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to shore.

14 But after no long time there beat down from it a tempestuous wind, which is called Euroclydon.

15 When the ship was caught, and couldn`t face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven along.

16 Running under the lee of a small island called Clauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat.

17 When they had hoisted it up, they used cables to help reinforce the ship. Fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis sand bars, they lowered the sea anchor, and so were driven.

18 As we labored exceedingly with the storm, the next day they began to throw things overboard.

19 On the third day, they threw out the ship`s tackle with their own hands.

20 When neither sun nor stars shone on us for many days, and no small tempest pressed on us, all hope that we should be saved was now taken away.

21 When they had been long without food, Paul stood up in the midst of them, and said, "Sirs, you should have listened to me, and not have set sail from Crete, and have gotten this injury and loss.

22 Now I exhort you to cheer up, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

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

24 saying, `Don`t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. Behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.`

25 Therefore, sirs, cheer up! For I believe God, that it will be just as it has been spoken to me.

26 But we must run aground on a certain island."

27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven back and forth in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors surmised that they were drawing near to some land.

28 They took soundings, and found twenty fathoms. After a little while, they took soundings again, and found fifteen fathoms.

29 Fearing that we would run aground on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for daylight.

30 As the sailors were trying to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, pretending that they would lay out anchors from the bow,

31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these stay in the ship, you can`t be saved."

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

33 While the day was coming on, Paul begged them all to take some food, saying, "This day is the fourteenth day that you wait and continue fasting, having taken nothing.

34 Therefore I beg you to take some food, for this is for your safety; for there will not a hair perish from the head of any of you."

35 When he had said this, and had taken bread, he gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it, and began to eat.

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

37 We were in all in the ship two hundred seventy-six souls.

38 When they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.

39 When it was day, they didn`t recognize the land, but they noticed a certain bay with a beach, and they decided to try to drive the ship onto it.

40 Casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea, at the same time untying the rudder ropes. Hoisting up the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach.

41 But coming to a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground. The bow struck and remained immovable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves.

42 The soldiers` counsel was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim out and escape.

43 But the centurion, desiring to save Paul, stopped them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should throw themselves overboard first to go to the land;

44 and the rest, some on planks, and some on other things from the ship. So it happened that they all escaped safely to the land.