21 大家很久没有吃饭了，保罗就站在他们中间，说：“各位，你们本来应该听我的话不离开克里特，就不会遭受这场损失和破坏了。22 现在我劝你们放心。除了这艘船以外，你们没有一个人会丧命的。23 因为我所归属所事奉的上帝，他的使者昨天夜里站在我的旁边，说：24 ‘保罗，不要怕。你必定可以站在凯撒面前；上帝已经把那些和你同船的人赐给你了。’25 所以，各位请放心。我相信上帝对我怎样说，也必怎样成就。26 不过我们必会搁浅在一个海岛上。”
21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”
We can easily imagine, from the way unbelievers usually behave, that at first, they were in a state of violent and uncontrolled uproar. A gentle voice would never have been heard among them then. But finally, they were tired out by their wailing and howling; they sat down, depressed and Paul spoke to them.
We have similar experience too. When we are busy and under pressure in our life, we were also in a state of violent and never hear our Lord’s gentle voice in bible. But only we sit down and read his words, we then can hear his voice.