Acts 27:15
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New International Version
The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.

New Living Translation
The sailors couldn't turn the ship into the wind, so they gave up and let it run before the gale.

English Standard Version
And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.

New American Standard Bible
and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along.

King James Bible
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Since the ship was caught and was unable to head into the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.

International Standard Version
The ship was caught so that it couldn't face the wind, and we gave up and were swept along.

NET Bible
When the ship was caught in it and could not head into the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the ship was carried by force and could not stand against the wind and we surrendered to its power.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wind carried the ship away, and we couldn't sail against the wind. We couldn't do anything, so we were carried along by the wind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the ship was caught up by it and could not resist against the wind, the ship was taken by the wind and drifted.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her be driven.

American King James Version
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

American Standard Version
and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up against the wind, giving up the ship to the winds, we were driven.

Darby Bible Translation
And the ship being caught and driven, and not able to bring her head to the wind, letting her go we were driven [before it].

English Revised Version
and when the ship was caught, and could not face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

Weymouth New Testament
She was unable to make headway against the gale; so we gave up and let her drive.

World English Bible
When the ship was caught, and couldn't face the wind, we gave way to it, and were driven along.

Young's Literal Translation
and the ship being caught, and not being able to bear up against the wind, having given her up, we were borne on,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:12-20 Those who launch forth on the ocean of this world, with a fair gale, know not what storms they may meet with; and therefore must not easily take it for granted that they have obtained their purpose. Let us never expect to be quite safe till we enter heaven. They saw neither sun nor stars for many days. Thus melancholy sometimes is the condition of the people of God as to their spiritual matters; they walk in darkness, and have no light. See what the wealth of this world is: though coveted as a blessing, the time may come when it will be a burden; not only too heavy to be carried safely, but heavy enough to sink him that has it. The children of this world can be prodigal of their goods for the saving their lives, yet are sparing of them in works of piety and charity, and in suffering for Christ. Any man will rather make shipwreck of his goods than of his life; but many rather make shipwreck of faith and a good conscience, than of their goods. The means the sailors used did not succeed; but when sinners give up all hope of saving themselves, they are prepared to understand God's word, and to trust in his mercy through Jesus Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Face the wind for bear up into the wind, A.V.; gave way to it, and were driven for let her drive, A.V. Was caught; συναρπασθέντος, only here in this sense of being caught and carried away by the gale, but used in three other places by St. Luke (and only by him), viz. Luke 8:29; Acts 6:12; Acts 19:29. It is found more than once in the LXX., and is common in classical Greek. Sophocles uses it of a storm which carries everything away, Πάντα ξυναρπάσας θύελλ ὅπως ('Elect.,' 1150). Face; ἀντοφθαλμεῖν, only here in the New Testament; but in Polybius and elsewhere it is said or' looking any one in the face with defiance. And so Wisd. 12:14; Ecclus. 19:5 (Complut. Edit.), ἀντοφθαλμῶν ἡδονᾶις, "resisteth pleasures," A.V. Compare the phrase, "looked one another in the face" (2 Kings 14:8, 11, ὤφθησαν προσώποις). Hence here it means simply "resist," or "stand against," or, as well rendered in the R.V., "face." Gave way to it, etc.; ἐπιδόντες ἐφερόμεθα, a rather obscure phrase, but best explained "giving her" (the ship) to the wind, "we were carried" rapidly before it. Ἑπιδίδωμι, is to give, to give up, to give into any one's hand (Luke 4:17; Acts 15:30). ἐπιδόντες is opposed to ἀντοφθαλμεῖν, giving up to, abandoning her to, as opposed to resisting. Ἐφερόμεθα, we were hurried along before the wind, without will or choice of our own (as ver. 17). Common in Homer and other classical writers, for being borne along by wind, or waves, or storm, etc. (For the application of φέρομαι in the middle voice to a wind, see Acts 2:2.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when the ship was caught,.... By the wind, snatched up by it, and forcibly carried away:

and could not bear up into the wind; and against it, or look it in the face, as the word signifies; could not ply to windward, the wind being so high and the sea so strong:

we let her drive; about the sea, at pleasure, it being in vain to attempt to get her forward against the wind, or to direct her course.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. could not bear up into—"face"

the wind, we let her drift—before the gale.

Acts 27:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Storm at Sea
14But before very long there rushed down from the land a violent wind, called Euraquilo; 15and when the ship was caught in it and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and let ourselves be driven along. 16Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat under control.…
Cross References
Acts 27:14
Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island.

Acts 27:16
As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure,
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And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

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Acts 27:27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and …

James 3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven …

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