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.
King James Bible
And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.
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].
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And when the ship was caught - Συναρπασθεντος δε του πλοιου. The ship was violently hurried away before this strong levanter; so that it was impossible for her, αντοφθαλμειν, to face the wind, to turn her prow to it, so as to shake it out, as I have heard sailors say, and have seen them successfully perform in violent tempests and squalls.
We let her drive - We were obliged to let her go right before this tempestuous wind, whithersoever it might drive her.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryA Short Confession of Faith
'...There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.'--ACTS xxvii. 23. I turn especially to those last words, 'Whose I am and whom I serve.' A great calamity, borne by a crowd of men in common, has a wonderful power of dethroning officials and bringing the strong man to the front. So it is extremely natural, though it has been thought to be very unhistorical, that in this story of Paul's shipwreck he should become guide, counsellor, inspirer, and a tower of strength; and …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
Seasons of Covenanting.
First Missionary Journey Scripture
Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island.
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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