Shipwrecked on Malta

When it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a bay with a beach, onto which they planned to run the ship if possible. 40 And they let go the anchors and left them in the sea, meanwhile loosing the rudder ropes; and they hoisted the mainsail to the wind and made for shore. 41 But striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves.

42 And the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land, 44 and the rest, some on boards and some on parts of the ship. And so it was that they all escaped safely to land. — Acts 27:39-44.

Inevitably the ship runs aground, is stuck fast, and broken up by violent waves.

Despite the soldiers’ plan to kill the prisoners, to avoid allowing them to escape, the centurion wants to save Paul and lets swimmers swim ashore and everybody else holds on to boards or parts of the broken ship that will take them aboard in the surf. They all land secure and safe. [Source: The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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