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out to strip the dead, they found the bodies of
Saul and his sons on Mount Gilboa. 9 So they
stripped off Saul’s armor and cut off his head.
Then they proclaimed the good news of Saul’s
death before their idols and to the people
throughout the land of Philistia. 10 They placed
his armor in the temple of their gods, and they
fastened his head to the temple of Dagon.
11 But when everyone in Jabesh-gilead heard
about everything the Philistines had done to
Saul, 12 all their mighty warriors brought the
bodies of Saul and his sons back to Jabesh.
Then they buried their bones beneath the
great tree at Jabesh, and they fasted for seven
13 So Saul died because he was unfaithful to
the Lord. He failed to obey the Lord’s com
mand, and he even consulted a medium 14 in
stead of asking the Lord for guidance. So the
Lord killed him and turned the kingdom over
to David son of Jesse.
9:19 Hebrew Ebiasaph, a variant spelling of Abiasaph; compare
9:35 Or the founder
Exod 6:24. 9:21 Hebrew Tent of Meeting.
9:41 As in Syriac version and Latin Vulgate (see also 8:35);
9:42 As in some Hebrew manuscripts
Hebrew lacks and Ahaz.
and Greek version (see also 8:36); Hebrew reads Jarah.
No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul
called the crew together and said, “Men, you
should have listened to me in the first place
and not left Crete. You would have avoided
all this damage and loss. 22 But take courage!
None of you will lose your lives, even though
the ship will go down. 23 For last night an
angel of the God to whom I belong and whom
I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, ‘Don’t
be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial
before Caesar! What’s more, God in his good
ness has granted safety to everyone sailing
with you.’ 25 So take courage! For I believe God.
It will be just as he said. 26 But we will be ship
wrecked on an island.”
27 About midnight on the fourteenth night
of the storm, as we were being driven across
the Sea of Adria,* the sailors sensed land was
near. 28 They dropped a weighted line and
found that the water was 120 feet deep. But a
little later they measured again and found it
was only 90 feet deep.* 29 At this rate they were
afraid we would soon be driven against the
rocks along the shore, so they threw out four
anchors from the back of the ship and prayed
30 Then the sailors tried to abandon the ship;
they lowered the lifeboat as though they were
going to put out anchors from the front of the
ship. 31 But Paul said to the commanding of
ficer and the soldiers, “You will all die unless
the sailors stay aboard.” 32 So the soldiers cut
the ropes to the lifeboat and let it drift away.
33 Just as day was dawning, Paul urged
everyone to eat. “You have been so worried
that you h
aven’t touched food for two weeks,”
he said. 34 “Please eat something now for your
own good. For not a hair of your heads will
perish.” 35 Then he took some bread, gave
thanks to God before them all, and broke off a
piece and ate it. 36 Then everyone was encour
aged and began to eat—37 all 276 of us who
were on board. 38 After eating, the crew light
ened the ship further by throwing the cargo of
39 When morning dawned, they didn’t rec
ognize the coastline, but they saw a bay with a
beach and wondered if they could get to shore
by running the ship aground. 40 So they cut off
the anchors and left them in the sea. Then they
lowered the rudders, raised the foresail, and
headed toward shore. 41 But they hit a shoal
and ran the ship aground too soon. The bow
of the ship stuck fast, while the stern was re
peatedly smashed by the force of the waves
and began to break apart.
42 The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners
to make sure they didn’t swim ashore and es
cape. 43 But the commanding officer wanted to
spare Paul, so he didn’t let them carry out their
plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to
jump overboard first and make for land. 44 The
others held on to planks or debris from the
broken ship.* So everyone escaped safely to
27:27 The Sea of Adria includes the central portion of the
27:28 Greek 20 fathoms . . . 15 fathoms
[37 meters . . . 27 meters]. 27:44 Or or were helped by members
of the ship’s crew.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be
accompanied by a stringed instrument.*
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,*
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
When I look at the night sky and see the
work of your f ingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should
think about them,
human beings that you should care for
Yet you made them only a little lower
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