Acts 16:11
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis.

New Living Translation
We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis.

English Standard Version
So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis,

Berean Study Bible
We sailed from Troas straight to Samothrace, and on the following day on to Neapolis.

Berean Literal Bible
And having sailed from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and on the following day to Neapolis,

New American Standard Bible
So putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis;

King James Bible
Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then, setting sail from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, the next day to Neapolis,

International Standard Version
Sailing from Troas, we went straight to Samothrace, the next day to Neapolis,

NET Bible
We put out to sea from Troas and sailed a straight course to Samothrace, the next day to Neapolis,

New Heart English Bible
So, setting sail from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we traveled from Troas and went straight to Samothracia, and from there, the day after, we came to the city Neapolis,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So we took a ship from Troas and sailed straight to the island of Samothrace. The next day we sailed to the city of Neapolis,

New American Standard 1977
Therefore putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore setting sail from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

American King James Version
Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

American Standard Version
Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And sailing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the day following to Neapolis;

Darby Bible Translation
Having sailed therefore away from Troas, we went in a straight course to Samothracia, and on the morrow to Neapolis,

English Revised Version
Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis;

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

Weymouth New Testament
Accordingly we put out to sea from Troas, and ran a straight course to Samothrace. The next day we came to Neapolis,

World English Bible
Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis;

Young's Literal Translation
having set sail, therefore, from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, on the morrow also to Neapolis,
Study Bible
Lydia’s Conversion in Philippi
10As soon as Paul had seen the vision, we got ready to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11We sailed from Troas straight to Samothrace, and on the following day on to Neapolis. 12From there, we went to the Roman colony of Philippi, the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.…
Cross References
Acts 16:8
So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.

Acts 20:5
These men went on ahead and waited for us in Troas.

Acts 21:1
After we had torn ourselves away from them, we sailed directly to Cos, and the next day on to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.

2 Corinthians 2:12
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord,

2 Timothy 4:13
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

(11) We came with a straight course to Samothracia.--Their course lay to the north-west, and, probably, after the manner of the navigation of the time, they put into harbour each night; and the historian, with his characteristic love of geographical detail (see Introduction to St. Luke's Gospel), notes the main facts of the voyage. The "straight course" implies that they had the wind in their favour. The current, which sets to the south after leaving the Hellespont, and to the east between Samothrace and the mainland, would, of course, be against them. In Acts 20:6, the voyage from Philippi to Troas takes five, days. The name of Samothrace points, probably, to its having been a colony from Samos. In early Greek history it had been one of the chief seats of the worship of the Pelasgic race, and, besides the mysteries of Demeter and Persephone, which it had in common with the rest of Greece, was celebrated for the local cultus of the Cabiri, a name of uncertain origin, and applied to the twelve great gods.

The next day to Neapolis.--The name (=new town) was naturally common wherever Greek was spoken. It survives in two conspicuous instances--in Naples, and in Nablous as the modern name of Sychem. The town now before us was in Thrace, about twelve miles from Philippi, which was the frontier town of Macedonia. It has been identified, on adequate grounds, with the modern Kavalla, where a Roman aqueduct, columns, and Greek and Latin inscriptions remain to attest the former importance of the city. Ten or twelve miles to the west are the traces of another harbour at Eski Kavalla, which was probably the Palopolis (= old town) that had been superseded by the new port.

Verse 11. - Setting sail therefore for therefore loosing, A.V.; made for came with, A.V. (εὐθυδρόμεω, elsewhere only in Acts 21:1); Samothrace for Samothracia, A.V.; day following for next day, A.V. In the New Testament this latter phrase only occurs in the Acts. Therefore loosing from Troas,.... Or setting sail from thence, which, as before observed, was the Hellespont; which was a narrow sea that divided Asia from Europe, now called Stretto di Gallipoii, or Bracci di St. Georgio: and so Pliny (q) speaking of Troas says, it lies near the Hellespont; and Jerom (r) calls it a maritime city of Asia; and it further appears to be on the sea coast, by what is said in Acts 20:6, for from Philippi hither, the apostle and his company sailed in five days, and from hence they sailed to Assos, Acts 20:6

we came with a straight course to Samothracia; which was an island in the Aegean sea, or Archipelago: it was formerly called Dardania (s), from Dardanus the, son of Jupiter by Electra, who fled hither from Italy, upon killing his brother Jasius; it had its name of Samothracia, from Thracia, near to which it was, and from the Samians who inhabited it; and it was called Samothracia to distinguish it from the island Samos in the Ionian sea; it is now called Samandrachi: Jerom (t) calls it an island in the gulf of Pagasa; of this island of Samothracia, Pliny says (u), that it was free before Hebrus, was thirty two miles from Imbrus, twenty two and a half from Lemnus, thirty eight, from the shore of Thracia, and in circumference thirty two--and that it is fullest of good havens of any in those parts; and adds, that Callimachus calls it by its ancient name Dardania; it seems it was also called Leucosia, or Leucadia, because to spectators at a distance it looked white: according to (w) Herodotus the Pelasgi first inhabited Samothracia, who with the Athenians dwelt there, and from them the Samothracians received their sacred rites and mysteries; for this island was famous for the worship of the Cabiri, or chief deities of the Gentiles, particularly Ceres, Proserpina, Pluto, Mercury, and the two brothers Castor and Pollux, Neptune, and all the sea gods; insomuch that it was called "the holy island" (x), and persons of other nations, and even of the greatest figure, were initiated into the mysteries of the Samothracians, which Pliny (y) calls the most holy; for speaking of Venus, Potho, and Phaeton, adds, who are worshipped with the most holy ceremonies of Samothracia. The apostle did not stay to preach the Gospel in this place, nor do we read of its being preached here by him at any other time, or by any other, nor of any church in this place in after ages in ecclesiastical history. The apostle and his companions are said to come hither, "with a straight course"; not only because they might have a fair gale, which brought them at once hither; but because when they were over the Hellespont, this island lay directly in their way, in a straight line to Macedonia:

and the next day to Neapolis; the Alexandrian copy reads, "the new city", as the word signifies; hence the Ethiopic version by way of interpretation renders it, "the next day we came to the new city, the name of which is Neapolis": according to Ptolomy, it was a sea port of Edonis, a part of Macedonia, and was upon the borders of Thrace; it is now called Christopoli; and was not Neapolis in Campania, nor Sychem in Samaria, which is so called, but was at a great distance from either of these. Pliny places it in Thracia, as he also does Edonis, and even Philippi (z). Jerom calls (a) it a city of Caria, but wrongly: and though we have no account of the apostles preaching in this place, and of making converts, neither now nor at any other time; yet it appears even in after ages that here was a church in this place: in the "sixth" century the bishop of it was sent to the fifth Roman synod; and in the "seventh" century one Andreas was bishop of this place, who was in the sixth synod at Constantinople (b).

(q) Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 30. (r) De locis Hebraicis, fol. 96. K. (s) Pausanias Achaica, sive, l. 7. p. 403. Ptolom. Geograph. l. 3. c. 11. (t) Ib. fol. 96. I.((u) Nat. Hist. l. 4. c. 12. (w) Euterpe, c. 51. (x) L. Attilius in Liv. Hist. l. 45. c. 5. (y) Nat. Hist. l. 36. c. 5. (z) Ib. l. 4. c. 11, (a) De locis Hebraicis, fol. 96. F. (b) Magdeburg. Hist. Eccl cent. 6. c. 2. p. 7. cent. 7. c. 10. p. 258. 11, 12. Therefore loosing from Troas, we came—literally, "ran."

with a straight course—that is, "ran before the wind."

to Samothracia—a lofty island on the Thracian coast, north from Troas, with an inclination westward. The wind must have set in strong from the south or south-southeast to bring them there so soon, as the current is strong in the opposite direction, and they afterwards took five days to what they now did in two (Ac 20:6) [Howson].

next day to Neapolis—on the Macedonian, or rather Thracian, coast, about sixty-five miles from Samothracia, and ten from Philippi, of which it is the harbor.16:6-15 The removals of ministers, and the dispensing the means of grace by them, are in particular under Divine conduct and direction. We must follow Providence: and whatever we seek to do, if that suffer us not, we ought to submit and believe to be for the best. People greatly need help for their souls, it is their duty to look out for it, and to invite those among them who can help them. And God's calls must be complied with readily. A solemn assembly the worshippers of God must have, if possible, upon the sabbath day. If we have not synagogues, we must be thankful for more private places, and resort to them; not forsaking the assembling together, as our opportunities are. Among the hearers of Paul was a woman, named Lydia. She had an honest calling, which the historian notices to her praise. Yet though she had a calling to mind, she found time to improve advantages for her soul. It will not excuse us from religious duties, to say, We have a trade to mind; for have not we also a God to serve, and souls to look after? Religion does not call us from our business in the world, but directs us in it. Pride, prejudice, and sin shut out the truths of God, till his grace makes way for them into the understanding and affections; and the Lord alone can open the heart to receive and believe his word. We must believe in Jesus Christ; there is no coming to God as a Father, but by the Son as Mediator.
Jump to Previous
Accordingly Course Direct Following Loosing Morrow Putting Ran Sail Sea Setting Ship Straight Troas Tro'as Voyage
Jump to Next
Accordingly Course Direct Following Loosing Morrow Putting Ran Sail Sea Setting Ship Straight Troas Tro'as Voyage
Links
Acts 16:11 NIV
Acts 16:11 NLT
Acts 16:11 ESV
Acts 16:11 NASB
Acts 16:11 KJV

Acts 16:11 Biblia Paralela
Acts 16:11 Chinese Bible
Acts 16:11 French Bible
Acts 16:11 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and course day following for From Neapolis next on out put putting ran sailed Samothrace sea So straight the to Troas we

NT Apostles: Acts 16:11 Setting sail therefore from Troas we made (Acts of the Apostles Ac) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Acts 16:10
Top of Page
Top of Page