Acts 27:11
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New International Version
But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.

New Living Translation
But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship's captain and the owner than to Paul.

English Standard Version
But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.

Berean Study Bible
But contrary to Paul's advice, the centurion was persuaded by the pilot and the owner of the ship.

Berean Literal Bible
But the centurion was persuaded by the pilot and the ship owner, rather than by the things spoken by Paul.

New American Standard Bible
But the centurion was more persuaded by the pilot and the captain of the ship than by what was being said by Paul.

King James Bible
Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the centurion paid attention to the captain and the owner of the ship rather than to what Paul said.

International Standard Version
But the centurion was persuaded by the pilot and the owner of the ship and not by what Paul said.

NET Bible
But the centurion was more convinced by the captain and the ship's owner than by what Paul said.

New Heart English Bible
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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the Centurion was listening to the Helmsman and the Shipmaster rather than to the words of Paulus.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, the officer was persuaded by what the pilot and the owner of the ship said and not by what Paul said.

New American Standard 1977
But the centurion was more persuaded by the pilot and the captain of the ship, than by what was being said by Paul.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless the centurion believed the captain and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

American King James Version
Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the centurion believed the pilot and the master of the ship, more than those things which were said by Paul.

Darby Bible Translation
But the centurion believed rather the helmsman and the shipowner than what was said by Paul.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless, the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship more than the things which were spoken by Paul.

Weymouth New Testament
But Julius let himself be persuaded by the pilot and by the owner rather than by Paul's arguments;

World English Bible
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.

Young's Literal Translation
but the centurion to the pilot and to the shipowner gave credence more than to the things spoken by Paul;
Study Bible
Paul Sails for Rome
10“Men, I can see that our voyage will be filled with disaster and great loss, not only to ship and cargo, but to our own lives as well.” 11But contrary to Paul’s advice, the centurion was persuaded by the pilot and the owner of the ship. 12Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided to sail on, if somehow they could reach Phoenix to winter there. Phoenix was a harbor in Crete facing both southwest and northwest.…
Cross References
James 3:4
Consider ships as well. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot is inclined.

Revelation 18:17
For in a single hour such fabulous wealth has been destroyed!" Every shipmaster, passenger, and sailor, and all who make their living from the sea, will stand at a distance
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

believed.

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2 Kings 6:10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told …

Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple …

Ezekiel 3:17,18 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:4 Then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet, and takes not warning; …

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

(11) Nevertheless the centurion believed the master.--Better, the pilot. The word is the same as that translated "ship-master," in Revelation 18:17. The advice was, we may believe, determined by the fact that there was a better harbour but a few miles further on the coast. Could they not press on thither and be safe for the winter? It was natural that the centurion should trust to them as experts rather than to the enthusiastic Rabbi whom he had in charge as prisoner.

Verse 11. - But for nevertheless, A.V.; gave more heed to for believed, A.V.; to the owner for the owner, A.V.; than to for more than, A.V. The master (κυβερνήτης), in the sense of "a commander of a trading-ship" (Johnson's 'Dictionary'); i.e. the navigator and helmsman, in Latin magister naris. The owner (ναύκληρος). The owner, no doubt, of the cargo as well as of the ship itself: ὁ δεσπότης (Hesych.); οἱ ναῦς κεκτημένοι (Ammonius). The κυβερνήτης and the ναύκληρος are often mentioned together; e.g. in Plutarch, Artemidorus, quoted by Alford, Kuinoel, etc. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship,.... Who were either one and the same person, or if two persons, the one was the owner, whose the ship was, and the other, he that was at the helm, and steered and directed it; or the one might be the captain, and the other the pilot. The or "governor", as he is here called with the ancients, was he who sat on an eminence in the stern of the ship, at the helm, and had the direction of it; he gave the orders, which others executed: what qualified him for his post chiefly lay in three things; in the knowledge of the constellations, and winds, of the former that he might direct the course of the ship according to them, and by them foresee future tempests, and of the latter, that he might be acquainted with the several points, from whence they blew; also in the knowledge of ports, and places to put into, and of rocks and sands, that they might be escaped; likewise in the knowledge of the use of the helm, and sails (l); for one part of his business, as (m) Seneca observes, was to give orders after this manner; so and so move the helm, so and so let down the sails, &c. in every ship there was a governor, and in larger ones sometimes there were two; (n) Aelianus says, the Carthaginians had always two governors in a ship: the other word, is in the glossary rendered "navicularius", which signifies "the owner" of the ship; and so we render it; though perhaps he is the same with the "proreta", who governed the prow or head of the ship, and was the next in dignity to the governor, and a kind of a sub-governor; and his business was to observe tempests, to explore promontories, rocks and sands, and show them to the governor (o); and so Isidore (p) says, the owner of the ship is called Naucleros, because the ship is in his lot, "cleros" signifying lot: and as these best understood naval affairs, Julius gave more heed to what they said, and rather believed them,

than those things which were spoken by Paul; by a spirit of prophecy, which he had no notion of; for though he treated him civilly as a man, he had no regard to him as a Christian, or as one endued with the Spirit of God, which he knew nothing of.

(l) Scheffer. de Militia Navali Veterum, l. 4. c. 6. p. 296, 297. (m) Ephesians 95. (n) Var. Hist. l. 9. c. 40. (o) Scheffer. ib. p. 302, 303. (p) Originum, l. 19. c. 1. p. 162. 11. Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and owner … more than … Paul—He would naturally think them best able to judge, and there was much to say for their opinion, as the bay at Fair Havens, being open to nearly one-half of the compass, could not be a good winter harbor.27:1-11 It was determined by the counsel of God, before it was determined by the counsel of Festus, that Paul should go to Rome; for God had work for him to do there. The course they steered, and the places they touched at, are here set down. And God here encourages those who suffer for him, to trust in him; for he can put it into the hearts of those to befriend them, from whom they least expect it. Sailors must make the best of the wind: and so must we all in our passage over the ocean of this world. When the winds are contrary, yet we must be getting forward as well as we can. Many who are not driven backward by cross providences, do not get forward by favourable providences. And many real Christians complain as to the concerns of their souls, that they have much ado to keep their ground. Every fair haven is not a safe haven. Many show respect to good ministers, who will not take their advice. But the event will convince sinners of the vanity of their hopes, and the folly of their conduct.
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