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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 27:12-20

In these verses we have, I. The ship putting to sea again, and pursuing her voyage at first with a promising gale. Observe, 1. What induced them to leave the fair havens: it was because they thought the harbour not commodious to winter in; it was pleasant enough in summer but in the winter they lay bleak. Or perhaps it was upon some other account incommodious; provisions perhaps were scarce and dear there; and they ran upon a mischief to avoid an inconvenience, as we often do. Some of the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 27:9-20

27:9-20 Since a considerable time had elapsed and since it was now no longer safe for sailing because the Fast was already past, Paul offered his advice. "Gentlemen," he said, "I see that this voyage is going to be fraught with injury and much loss not only to the cargo and to the ship but also to our own lives." But the centurion was persuaded by the master and the owner rather than by what Paul said. Since the harbour was not suitable to winter in, the majority proposed the plan of sailing... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 27:16

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 F24 Geograph. l. 3. c. 17. 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 F25 Mela, l. 2. c. 7.... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 27:16

A certain island - called Clauda - Called also Gaudos; situated at the south-western extremity of the island of Crete, and now called Gozo, according to Dr. Shaw. Much work to come by the boat - It was likely to have been washed overboard; or, if the boat was in tow, at the stern of the vessel, which is probable, they found it very difficult to save it from being staved, or broken to pieces. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 27:1-17

The voyage. "The voyage of life" is an expression drawn from the common feeling of men that there is a close analogy between the course of a man's life through the world, from his birth to his grave, and the progress of a ship from port to port. The Christian metaphor of the ark of Christ's Church, tossed upon the waves of this troublesome world, yet finally reaching the land of everlasting life, is no lass familiar to us. It may not be without instruction to note some of the points of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 27:1-44

The voyage of life. The journey which is described in this twenty-seventh chapter may suggest to us some of the main features of the long voyage of our life. I. THE VARIETY IS OUR COMPANIONSHIPS . As each passenger on board found himself inseparably associated with a strange admixture of fellow-travelers, so we find ourselves compelled to mingle, more or less closely, with various companions as we and they journey together over the waters of life. There are II. THE ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 27:1-44

The voyage to Italy: an allegory of the Christian's course. Bunyan wrote an immortal allegory of the Christian course as a journey by land. It may be rewritten as a sea-voyage. I. THE CHRISTIAN SETS OUT IN STRANGE COMPANY ', AND WITH OFTEN UNCONGENIAL SURROUNDINGS . Romans, Macedonians, prisoners, Alexandrians, are Paul's fellow-voyagers (verses 1, 2, 4-8). No seclusion, no picked society nor refined retirement, can be or ought to be the usual lot of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 27:16

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 Acts 27:7 .) Cauda , or Caudos, as it is called by... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Acts 27:16

And running under - Running near to an island. They ran near to it, where the violence of the wind was probably broken by the island,Which is called Clauda - This is a small island about 20 miles southwest of Crete.We had much work - Much difficulty; we were scarcely able to do it.To come by the boat - This does not mean that they attempted here to land in the boat, but they had much difficulty in saving the small boat attached to the ship by lifting it into the ship. The importance of securing... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Acts 27:16-19

Acts 27:16-19. Running under a certain island called Clauda A little to the south of the western coast of Crete. Such was the violence of the storm, that we had much work Great difficulty to become masters of the boat, so as to secure it from being staved; which when they had taken up, they used helps Not only all such instruments as were fit for their purpose, but all hands too; undergirding the ship With cables, to keep it from bulging, and enable it to ride out the storm; and... read more

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