Acts 27:16
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New International Version
As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure,

New Living Translation
We sailed along the sheltered side of a small island named Cauda, where with great difficulty we hoisted aboard the lifeboat being towed behind us.

English Standard Version
Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship’s boat.

New American Standard Bible
Running under the shelter of a small island called Clauda, we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat under control.

King James Bible
And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After running under the shelter of a little island called Cauda, we were barely able to get control of the skiff.

International Standard Version
As we drifted to the sheltered side of a small island called Cauda, we barely managed to secure the ship's lifeboat.

NET Bible
As we ran under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able with difficulty to get the ship's boat under control.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when we passed an island called Qeuda, we were scarcely able to hold the lifeboat.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As we drifted to the sheltered side of a small island called Cauda, we barely got control of the ship's lifeboat.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat,

King James 2000 Bible
And running under a certain island which is called Cauda, we had much work to secure the boat:

American King James Version
And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

American Standard Version
And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And running under a certain island, that is called Cauda, we had much work to come by the boat.

Darby Bible Translation
But running under the lee of a certain island called Clauda, we were with difficulty able to make ourselves masters of the boat;

English Revised Version
And running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat:

Webster's Bible Translation
And running under a certain isle which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

Weymouth New Testament
Then we ran under the lee of a little island called Cauda, where we managed with great difficulty to secure the boat;

World English Bible
Running under the lee of a small island called Clauda, we were able, with difficulty, to secure the boat.

Young's Literal Translation
and having run under a certain little isle, called Clauda, we were hardly able to become masters of the boat,
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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 16. - Under the lee of for under, A.V.; small for certain, A.V. (νήσιον); called Cauda for which is called Clauda, A.V. and T.R; were able, with difficulty, to secure for had much work to come by, A.V. Running under the lee of; ὑποδραμόντες, only here in the New Testament, but common in classical Greek for "running under" or "between." (For the use of ὑπό in compound in the sense of "under the lee of," see ver. 7.) Cauda, or Caudos, as it is called by Pomp. Mela (2. 7)and Pliny ('Nat. Hist.,' 4. 12. 20), the modern Gozzo. Ptolemy (3:7) calls it Claudus. The manuscripts greatly vary. Clauda, or Cauda, was about twenty-three miles south-west of Crete. With difficulty (μόλις, as in vers. 7, 8). To secure the boat. The boat was doubtless being towed astern. But in the violence of the storm, there was a danger every moment of her being parted from the ship by the snapping of the hawser, or by being broken by the waves, and it was impossible to take her up. Under the lee of the little island, however, the sea was somewhat quieter; and so after greater efforts they secured the boat, and, as it is said in the next verse, "hoisted it up" on to the deck.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And running under a certain island,.... Or below a certain island and hard by, it or under the sea shore of it, where the sea might be smoother, the wind not being there so strong:

which is called Clauda: by Ptolomy (x) it is called Claudus, and was near the island of Crete, and now called Gozo. The Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions, and some copies, read "Cauda"; and there was an island near to Crete, which was called Gaudos (y), and is thought to be the place here meant:

we had much work to come by the boat; which they had with them to go ashore in, or to betake themselves to in case of shipwreck; and which in this storm was in danger of being dashed to pieces against the ship, or lost; and it was with some difficulty that they came at it, and took it up into the ship.

(x) Geograph. l. 3. c. 17. (y) Mela, l. 2. c. 7. Plin. l. 4. c. 12.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16, 17. under—the lee of.

a certain—"small"

island … Clauda—southwest of Crete, now called Gonzo; about twenty-three miles to leeward.

we had much work to come by—that is, to hoist up and secure.

the boat—now become necessary. But why was this difficult? Independently of the gale, raging at the time, the boat had been towed between twenty and thirty miles after the gale sprang up, and could scarcely fail to be filled with water [Smith].

Acts 27:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Storm at Sea
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. 17After they had hoisted it up, they used supporting cables in undergirding the ship; and fearing that they might run aground on the shallows of Syrtis, they let down the sea anchor and in this way let themselves be driven along.…
Cross References
Acts 16:10
After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

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

Acts 27:17
so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along.

Acts 27:30
In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow.
Treasury of Scripture

And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

Clauda. Clauda, called Cauda and Gaudos by Mela and Pliny, and Claudos by Ptolemy, and now Gozo, according to Dr. Shaw, is a small island, situated at the south-western extremity of the island of Crete.

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