Acts 27:29
New International Version
Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight.

New Living Translation
At this rate they were afraid we would soon be driven against the rocks along the shore, so they threw out four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for daylight.

English Standard Version
And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come.

Berean Study Bible
Fearing that we would run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daybreak.

Berean Literal Bible
And fearing lest we might fall somewhere on rocky places, having cast four anchors out of the stern, they were praying for day to come.

New American Standard Bible
Fearing that we might run aground somewhere on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and wished for daybreak.

King James Bible
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

Christian Standard Bible
Then, fearing we might run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight to come.

Contemporary English Version
The sailors were afraid that we might hit some rocks, and they let down four anchors from the back of the ship. Then they prayed for daylight.

Good News Translation
They were afraid that the ship would go on the rocks, so they lowered four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for daylight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then, fearing we might run aground in some rocky place, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight to come.

International Standard Version
Fearing that we might run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and began praying for daylight to come.

NET Bible
Because they were afraid that we would run aground on the rocky coast, they threw out four anchors from the stern and wished for day to appear.

New Heart English Bible
Fearing that we would run aground on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for daylight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we were afraid lest we would be found in places that have rocks in them; we cast four anchors from the prow of the ship, and we were praying that day would come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fearing we might hit rocks, they dropped four anchors from the back of the ship and prayed for morning to come.

New American Standard 1977
And fearing that we might run aground somewhere on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and wished for daybreak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then fearing lest we should fall upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern and wished for the day.

King James 2000 Bible
Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

American King James Version
Then fearing lest we should have fallen on rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

American Standard Version
And fearing lest haply we should be cast ashore on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for the day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then fearing lest we should fall upon rough places, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

Darby Bible Translation
and fearing lest we should be cast on rocky places, casting four anchors out of the stern, they wished that day were come.

English Revised Version
And fearing lest haply we should be cast ashore on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for the day.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then fearing lest we should fall upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

Weymouth New Testament
Then for fear of possibly running on rocks, they threw out four anchors from the stern and waited impatiently for daylight.

World English Bible
Fearing that we would run aground on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for daylight.

Young's Literal Translation
and fearing lest on rough places we may fall, out of the stern having cast four anchors, they were wishing day to come.
Study Bible
The Shipwreck
28They 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. 30Meanwhile, the sailors attempted to escape from the ship. Pretending to lower anchors from the bow, they let the lifeboat down into the sea.…
Cross References
Acts 27:17
After hoisting it up, the crew used ropes to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and were driven along.

Acts 27:26
However, we must run aground on some island."

Acts 27:28
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.

Acts 27:40
Cutting away the anchors, they left them in the sea as they loosened the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach.

Treasury of Scripture

Then fearing lest we should have fallen on rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.

fallen.

Acts 27:17,41 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, under girding the …

anchors.

Acts 27:30,40 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they …

Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, …

and wished.

Deuteronomy 28:67 In the morning you shall say, Would God it were even! and at even …

Psalm 130:6 My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: …







Lexicon
Fearing that
φοβούμενοί (phoboumenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.

we would run aground
ἐκπέσωμεν (ekpesōmen)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1601: From ek and pipto; to drop away; specially, be driven out of one's course; figuratively, to lose, become inefficient.

on
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

[the] rocks,
τραχεῖς (tracheis)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5138: Rough, rugged, uneven. Perhaps strengthened from the base of rhegnumi; uneven, rocky.

they dropped
ῥίψαντες (rhipsantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4496: A primary verb; to fling (see in ekteino), which indicates an extended projection); by qualification, to deposit; by extension, to disperse.

four
τέσσαρας (tessaras)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5064: Four. Or neuter tessara a plural number; four.

anchors
ἀγκύρας (ankyras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 45: An anchor. From the same as agkale; an 'anchor'.

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

[the] stern
πρύμνης (prymnēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4403: The stern of a ship. Feminine of prumnus; the stern of a ship.

[and] prayed for
ηὔχοντο (ēuchonto)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2172: To pray, wish. Middle voice of a primary verb; to wish; by implication, to pray to God.

daybreak.
ἡμέραν (hēmeran)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.
(29) Fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks.--Literally, upon rough places--the reefs of rock which were indicated by the breakers and by the diminished depth of water.

They cast four anchors out of the stern.--It was no unusual thing for a ship to be furnished with this complement of anchors. So Caesar describes his ships as being secured with four anchors each (Bell. Civ. i. 25). In ancient navigation, as in modern, the anchors were commonly cast from the bow. In the battles of the Nile and of Copenhagen, however, Nelson had his ships anchored at the stern, and the fact derives a peculiar interest from the statement that he had been reading Acts 27 on the morning of the engagement. The result of this operation was that the ship was no longer in motion, and would be found, when the morning came, with her head to the shore. The tension of hope and fear, the suspense which made men almost cry--

"And if our fate be death, give light, and let us die,"

is vividly brought before us in St. Luke's few words, "they were praying for the day."

Verse 29. - And for then, A.V.; lest haply for lest, A.V.; be cast ashore on rocky ground for have fallen upon rocks, A.V.; let go for east, A.V.; from for out of, A.V. Cast ashore (see ver. 17, note). Rocky ground (τραχεῖς τόπους); Luke 3:5. The region of Trachonitis was so called from the rocky nature of the country - ἄκτη τραχεῖα, a rocky shore, Four anchors, "Naves quaternis anchoris destinabat no fluctibus moveretur" (Caesar, 'De Bell. Cir.,' 1:25). From the stern. Anchors are usually dropped from the bow, but under certain circumstances ships anchor from the stern. The British navy so anchored at the battles of the Nile, Algiers, and Copenhagen, and it is a earn-men practice of the Levantine caiques at the present day; and an ancient picture of a ship (at Herculaneum) distinctly represents "hawse-holes aft to fit them for anchoring by the stern." They did so in the present case, to obviate the danger of the ship swinging round and getting into breakers, and also that she might be in the best position for running on to the beach as soon as daylight came. 27:21-29 They did not hearken to the apostle when he warned them of their danger; yet if they acknowledge their folly, and repent of it, he will speak comfort and relief to them when in danger. Most people bring themselves into trouble, because they do not know when they are well off; they come to harm and loss by aiming to mend their condition, often against advice. Observe the solemn profession Paul made of relation to God. No storms or tempests can hinder God's favour to his people, for he is a Help always at hand. It is a comfort to the faithful servants of God when in difficulties, that as long as the Lord has any work for them to do, their lives shall be prolonged. If Paul had thrust himself needlessly into bad company, he might justly have been cast away with them; but God calling him into it, they are preserved with him. They are given thee; there is no greater satisfaction to a good man than to know he is a public blessing. He comforts them with the same comforts wherewith he himself was comforted. God is ever faithful, therefore let all who have an interest in his promises be ever cheerful. As, with God, saying and doing are not two things, believing and enjoying should not be so with us. Hope is an anchor of the soul, sure and stedfast, entering into that within the veil. Let those who are in spiritual darkness hold fast by that, and think not of putting to sea again, but abide by Christ, and wait till the day break, and the shadows flee away.
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