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Acts 27:30 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And as the sailors were seeking to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, under color as though they would lay out anchors from the foreship,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down the [ship’s] boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would cast anchors out of the foreship,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But the sailors wishing to flee out of the ship, and having let down the boat into the sea under pretext of being about to carry out anchors from the prow,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, when, the sailors, were seeking to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, by pretext, as though out of the prow they had been about to reach anchors,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And the sailors seeking to flee out of the ship, and having let down the boat to the sea, in pretence as [if] out of the foreship they are about to cast anchors,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But as the shipmen sought to fly out of the ship, having let down the boat into the sea, under colour, as though they would have cast anchors out of the forepart of the ship,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let downe the boat into the sea, vnder colour as though they would haue cast ancres out of the fore-ship,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But the mariners sought to escape from the ship, and lowered from her the boat into the sea, on the pretext that they would go in her, and bind the ship to the land.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And the sailors sought to flee out of the ship. And from it they lowered down the boat into the sea, under pretence that they were going in it to make fast the ship to the land.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
as the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
shipmen 3492
{3492} Prime
ναῦτης
nautes
{now'-tace}
From G3491; a boatman, that is, seaman.
were about 2212
{2212} Prime
ζητέω
zeteo
{dzay-teh'-o}
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
to flee 5343
{5343} Prime
φεύγω
pheugo
{fyoo'-go}
Apparently a primary verb; to run away (literally or figuratively); by implication to shun; by analogy to vanish.
z5629
<5629> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 454
out of 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
ship, 4143
{4143} Prime
πλοῖον
ploion
{ploy'-on}
From G4126; a sailer, that is, vessel.
when 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
they had let down 5465
{5465} Prime
χαλάω
chalao
{khal-ah'-o}
From the base of G5490; to lower (as into a void).
z5660
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
boat 4627
{4627} Prime
σκάφη
skaphe
{skaf'-ay}
A 'skiff' (as if dug out), or yawl (carried aboard a large vessel for landing).
into 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
sea, 2281
{2281} Prime
θάλασσα
thalassa
{thal'-as-sah}
Probably prolonged from G0251; the sea (generally or specifically).
under colour 4392
{4392} Prime
πρόφασις
prophasis
{prof'-as-is}
From a compound of G4253 and G5316; an outward showing, that is, pretext.
as though 5613
{5613} Prime
ὡς
hos
{hoce}
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
they would 3195
{3195} Prime
μέλλω
mello
{mel'-lo}
A strengthened form of G3199 (through the idea of expectation); to intend, that is, be about to be, do, or suffer something (of persons or things, especially events; in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity, probability, possibility, or hesitation).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
have cast 1614
{1614} Prime
ἐκτείνω
ekteino
{ek-ti'-no}
From G1537 and τείνω [[teino]] (to stretch); to extend.
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
anchors 45
{0045} Prime
ἄγκυρα
agkura
{ang'-koo-rah}
From the same as G0043; an 'anchor' (as crooked).
out of 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the foreship, 4408
{4408} Prime
πρῷρα
prora
{pro'-ra}
Feminine of a presumed derivation of G4253 as noun; the prow, that is, forward part of a vessel.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Acts 27:30

_ _ as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship — under cover of night.

_ _ when they had let down the boat ... as though they would ... cast anchors out of the foreship — “bow” — rather, “carry out” anchors, to hold the ship fore as well as aft. “This could have been of no advantage in the circumstances, and as the pretext could not deceive a seaman, we must infer that the officers of the ship were parties to the unworthy attempt, which was perhaps detected by the nautical skill of St. Luke, and communicated by him to St. Paul” [Smith].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 27:21-44.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 27:30

The sailors were attempting to flee out of the ship — Supposing the boat would go more safely over the shallows.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Acts 27:30

(8) And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship,

(8) No matter how foul the act, distrust and an evil conscience can always compel men to commit it.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the boat:

Acts 27:16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:
Acts 27:32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.

foreship:

Acts 27:41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
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