Acts 27:31
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New International Version
Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved."

New Living Translation
But Paul said to the commanding officer and the soldiers, "You will all die unless the sailors stay aboard."

English Standard Version
Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”

Berean Study Bible
But Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men remain with the ship, you cannot be saved."

Berean Literal Bible
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these remain in the ship, you are not able to be saved."

New American Standard Bible
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved."

King James Bible
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved."

International Standard Version
Paul told the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men remain onboard, you cannot be saved."

NET Bible
Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved."

New Heart English Bible
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these stay in the ship, you cannot be saved."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Paul saw it, he told the Centurion and the Soldiers: “If these do not stay in the ship, you cannot survive.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Paul told the officer and the soldiers, "If these sailors don't stay on the ship, you have no hope of staying alive."

New American Standard 1977
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

King James 2000 Bible
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, you cannot be saved.

American King James Version
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, you cannot be saved.

American Standard Version
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Paul said to the centurion, and to the soldiers: Except these stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.

Darby Bible Translation
Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, Unless these abide in the ship ye cannot be saved.

English Revised Version
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

Webster's Bible Translation
Paul said to the centurion, and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.

Weymouth New Testament
But Paul, addressing Julius and the soldiers, said, "Your lives will be sacrificed, unless these men remain on board."

World English Bible
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these stay in the ship, you can't be saved."

Young's Literal Translation
Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, 'If these do not remain in the ship -- ye are not able to be saved;'
Study Bible
The Shipwreck
30Meanwhile, the sailors attempted to escape from the ship. Pretending to lower anchors from the bow, they let the lifeboat down into the sea. 31But Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men remain with the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and set it adrift.…
Cross References
Acts 27:24
and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And look, God has granted you the lives of all who sail with you.'

Acts 27:30
Meanwhile, the sailors attempted to escape from the ship. Pretending to lower anchors from the bow, they let the lifeboat down into the sea.

Acts 27:32
So the soldiers cut the ropes to the lifeboat and set it adrift.

Acts 27:44
The rest were to follow on planks and various parts of the ship. In this way everyone was brought safely to land.
Treasury of Scripture

Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, you cannot be saved.

said.

Acts 27:11,21,42,43 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the …

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Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts …

Ezekiel 36:36,37 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I …

Luke 1:34,35 Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man…

Luke 4:9-12 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the …

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

(31) Except these abide in the ship . . .--We need hardly embarrass ourselves with the question how far the divine promise was dependent on the contingency thus specified. Prompt vigour, and clear discernment of what was needed on the instant, spoke out in the Apostle's words. The assurance that had been graciously given was to be realised, not by the apathy of a blind fatalism, but by man's co-operation. It was obvious that landsmen like the soldiers and the prisoners would be quite unequal to the task of handling a large ship under such critical conditions, and the presence of the sailors was therefore, from a human point of view, essential to the safety of the others. The thoughtful vigilance of St. Paul, even in those hours of darkness, was eminently characteristic.

Verse 31. - Paul said. It is remarkable what ascendency Paul had gained during this terrible fortnight. He now penetrated in a moment the design of the selfish sailors, and, with his wonted decision, told the centurion, who was in command of the whole party (ver. 11), and who, it is likely, had iris soldiers on deck to preserve order and discipline. Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. The ὑμεῖς is emphatic, you yourselves. Paul said to the centurion, and to the soldiers,.... He did not direct his speech to the governor and owner of the ship, who very likely, being sensible of the danger, were in the scheme with the mariners, and at the head of them; but to Julius the centurion, and the soldiers under him, who having no knowledge of maritime affairs, were not apprised of the danger, nor aware of the design of the shipmen; and besides, had now great dependence upon the assurance the apostle had given, that no life should be lost: to these he said,

except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved; pointing to the mariners who were about to let down the boat, in order to make their escape: the apostle had before declared, that there should be no loss of any man's life, and yet now affirms, that unless the mariners continued in the ship, the rest of the company could not be saved: this does not show that the decree concerning the salvation of them was a conditional one, and that the condition was, that the mariners should stay in the ship; but that their stay in the ship, who had skill to guide and direct it, as also the company when shipwrecked, were a means absolutely fixed in the decree, and therefore was absolutely necessary: God had determined to save the whole ship's crew, and that in the same way and manner; they were all to be shipwrecked; some were not to leave the ship before hand, and save themselves in the boat, but they were all to be exposed to equal danger, and then be saved; and till that time came, the proper and prudent means were to be made use of, who were the shipmen, who best knew how to manage the ship in this extremity: this teaches us that the end and means, in the decrees of God, are not to be separated; nor is any end to be expected without the use of means; and means are as peremptorily fixed, and are as absolutely necessary, and must as certainly be accomplished, as the end. Thus spiritual and eternal salvation is a certain thing; it is the appointment of God, which is absolute and unconditional, immutable and unfrustrable; there is a sure connection between the decree of God and salvation; it is a scheme drawn by Jehovah in the council of peace, who is God only wise, saw everything before hand that would come to pass, and has power to execute his scheme; it is an affair secured in the covenant of grace, which is sure and immovable; God is faithful who has made it with his Son; and Christ, the surety and Mediator of it, is equal to that part which he has in it; yea, salvation is a finished work, full satisfaction is made for sin, and pardon procured, an everlasting righteousness is brought in, all enemies are conquered and destroyed, and Christ's people are saved from them: and the interest which he has in them shows the certainty of their salvation; for they are given to him, and are in his hands; they are his portion, his treasure and his jewels; they are the purchase of his blood, and the travail of his soul; they are united to him, and are built upon him; they are interested in his preparations and prayers, and are in some sense saved already; and yet there are some things which God has fixed as means, and made absolutely necessary, and without which none can be saved: as for instance, none can be saved without regeneration; without this there is no meetness for heaven; nor does it appear without it that any have a right unto it; nor can an unregenerate man have any true hope of it; wherefore such as are chosen and redeemed, are regenerated by the Spirit of God: so likewise without holiness no man shall see the Lord; this is fixed in the decree of God, and is necessary to the enjoyment of him, and to fellowship with angels and glorified saints; wherefore the Lord sanctifies all he saves: particularly none without faith in Christ will ever be saved; nor is this inconsistent with salvation being by grace, seeing it is not considered as a cause of salvation, but is itself a gift of grace; it lies in receiving things at the hand of God, it admits of no glorying in men, and gives all the glory of salvation to God and Christ, and free grace; and this is necessary because God has appointed it, and therefore he bestows it on all he means to save: to which may be added, that without perseverance in faith and holiness, there is no salvation; wherefore the Lord puts his grace into the hearts of his people to cause them to persevere; he encompasses them with his power, upholds them with the right hand of his righteousness, and preserves them from Satan, and from a final and total falling away. 31. Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers—the only parties now to be trusted, and whose own safety was now at stake.

except ye abide in the ship ye cannot be saved—The soldiers and passengers could not be expected to possess the necessary seamanship in so very critical a case. The flight of the crew, therefore, might well be regarded as certain destruction to all who remained. In full assurance of ultimate safety, in virtue of a DIVINE pledge, to all in the ship, Paul speaks and acts throughout this whole scene in the exercise of a sound judgment as to the indispensable HUMAN conditions of safety; and as there is no trace of any feeling of inconsistency between these two things in his mind, so even the centurion, under whose orders the soldiers acted on Paul's views, seems never to have felt perplexed by the twofold aspect, divine and human, in which the same thing presented itself to the mind of Paul. Divine agency and human instrumentality are in all the events of life quite as much as here. The only difference is that the one is for the most part shrouded from view, while the other is ever naked and open to the senses.27:30-38 God, who appointed the end, that they should be saved, appointed the means, that they should be saved by the help of these shipmen. Duty is ours, events are God's; we do not trust God, but tempt him, when we say we put ourselves under his protection, if we do not use proper means, such as are within our power, for our safety. But how selfish are men in general, often even ready to seek their own safety by the destruction of others! Happy those who have such a one as Paul in their company, who not only had intercourse with Heaven, but was of an enlivening spirit to those about him. The sorrow of the world works death, while joy in God is life and peace in the greatest distresses and dangers. The comfort of God's promises can only be ours by believing dependence on him, to fulfil his word to us; and the salvation he reveals must be waited for in use of the means he appoints. If God has chosen us to salvation, he has also appointed that we shall obtain it by repentance, faith, prayer, and persevering obedience; it is fatal presumption to expect it in any other way. It is an encouragement to people to commit themselves to Christ as their Saviour, when those who invite them, clearly show that they do so themselves.
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