Acts 27:28
New International Version
They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep.

New Living Translation
They dropped a weighted line and found that the water was 120 feet deep. But a little later they measured again and found it was only 90 feet deep.

English Standard Version
So they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. A little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms.

Berean Study Bible
They took soundings and found that the water was twenty fathoms deep. Going a little farther, they took another set of soundings that read fifteen fathoms.

Berean Literal Bible
And having taken soundings, they found twenty fathoms. Then having gone a little farther and having taken soundings again, they found fifteen fathoms.

King James Bible
And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.

New King James Version
And they took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a little farther, they took soundings again and found it to be fifteen fathoms.

New American Standard Bible
And they took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms.

NASB 1995
They took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms.

NASB 1977
And they took soundings, and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms.

Amplified Bible
So they took soundings [using a weighted line] and found [the depth to be] twenty fathoms (120 feet); and a little farther on they sounded again and found [the depth to be] fifteen fathoms (90 feet).

Christian Standard Bible
They took soundings and found it to be a hundred twenty feet deep; when they had sailed a little farther and sounded again, they found it to be ninety feet deep.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They took a sounding and found it to be 120 feet deep; when they had sailed a little farther and sounded again, they found it to be 90 feet deep.

American Standard Version
and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms; and after a little space, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they cast an anchor and they found twenty fathoms and they journeyed again a little more and they found fifteen fathoms.

Contemporary English Version
They measured and found that the water was about 40 meters deep. A little later they measured again and found it was only about 30 meters.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who also sounding, found twenty fathoms; and going on a little further, they found fifteen fathoms.

English Revised Version
and they sounded, and found twenty fathoms: and after a little space, they sounded again, and found fifteen fathoms.

Good News Translation
So they dropped a line with a weight tied to it and found that the water was one hundred and twenty feet deep; a little later they did the same and found that it was ninety feet deep.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they threw a line with a weight on it into the water. It sank 120 feet. They waited a little while and did the same thing again. This time the line sank 90 feet.

International Standard Version
After taking soundings, they found the depth to be twenty fathoms. A little later, they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms.

Literal Standard Version
and having sounded they found twenty fathoms, and having gone a little farther, and again having sounded, they found fifteen fathoms,

NET Bible
They took soundings and found the water was twenty fathoms deep; when they had sailed a little farther they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms deep.

New Heart English Bible
They took soundings, and found twenty fathoms. After a little while, they took soundings again, and found fifteen fathoms.

Weymouth New Testament
So they hove the lead and found twenty fathoms of water; and after a short time they hove again and found fifteen fathoms.

World English Bible
They took soundings, and found twenty fathoms. After a little while, they took soundings again, and found fifteen fathoms.

Young's Literal Translation
and having sounded they found twenty fathoms, and having gone a little farther, and again having sounded, they found fifteen fathoms,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Shipwreck
27On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea. About midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was twenty fathoms deep. Going a little farther, they took another set of soundings that read fifteen fathoms. 29Fearing that we would run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daybreak.…

Cross References
Acts 27:27
On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea. About midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land.

Acts 27:29
Fearing that we would run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daybreak.


Treasury of Scripture

And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms.









(28) Twenty fathoms.--The Greek noun so rendered was defined as the length of the outstretched arms from hand to hand, including the chest. It was reckoned as equal to four cubits--i.e., to about six feet--and is therefore fairly represented by our "fathom." The soundings here given agree with those that have actually been taken among the breakers off Cape Koura.

Verse 28. - They sounded for sounded, A.V.; found for found it, A.V. (twice); after a little space for when they had gone a little further, A.V. After a little space (βραχὺ διαστήσαντες); literally, having interposed a short interval of time or space (comp. Luke 22:58, 59, μετὰ βραχύ κ.τ.λ., and then follows διαστάσης ὡσὲι ὥρας μιᾶς "after an interval of about an hour").

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
They took soundings
βολίσαντες (bolisantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1001: To cast the line (for sounding), I sound. From bolis; to heave the lead.

[and] found that [the water]
εὗρον (heuron)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

[was] twenty
εἴκοσι (eikosi)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1501: Twenty. Of uncertain affinity; a score.

fathoms [deep].
ὀργυιὰς (orguias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3712: A fathom, about five or six feet. From oregomai; a stretch of the arms, i.e. A fathom.

Going
διαστήσαντες (diastēsantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1339: To put apart, separate, put some distance between. From dia and histemi; to stand apart, i.e. to remove, intervene.

a little farther,
βραχὺ (brachy)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 1024: Short, little, few. Of uncertain affinity; short.

they took another set of soundings
βολίσαντες (bolisantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1001: To cast the line (for sounding), I sound. From bolis; to heave the lead.

that read
εὗρον (heuron)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

fifteen
δεκαπέντε (dekapente)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1178: Fifteen. From deka and pente; ten and five, i.e. Fifteen.

fathoms.
ὀργυιὰς (orguias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3712: A fathom, about five or six feet. From oregomai; a stretch of the arms, i.e. A fathom.


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