In beautiful Elizabethan English, King James Version, “thrice I suffered shipwreck.”
The number “thrice” is “tris” in Greek, simply meaning “three.” And “two” is “duo,” no surprises there.
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The verb here is “suffered shipwreck” and is spelled “nauageo.” In Greek “naus” is “ship,” derived from “nao,” meaning “to float.” Then the suffix, “ago,” means “to lead, bring, guide.” The only other time it is used in the New Testament it is translated “made shipwreck.” See 1st Timothy 1:19 where Paul tells of some who have forsaken their faith and “made shipwreck” of their lives.
But the interesting thing to me is that the three “accidents” to which Paul here refers are NOT mentioned in the Book of Acts. Not a single one of them! The shipwreck that is described there is LATER in Paul’s life than the events enumerated in our Text! Years afterward!
Why shipwrecks, so many anyway?
Unsophisticated navigational aids, back then.
Poor quality of workmanship, at times, regarding shipbuilding itself.
Crew capabilities even had an impact.
And I must add, weather!
Plus … Paul traveled a lot by ship.
Note … Paul is not complaining here, about his “hard” life!
Far from that.
He is “glorying” in the fact he was allowed to suffer for Jesus’ Sake!
And through them all, every broken ship, God delivered His man to preach yet again!
As I write these words this morning (July 7, 2016) I have the car packed and am about to begin a journey myself. To go preach God’s Word in a time of Revival.
I am so glad we have a God Who cares for us!
Oh, to stay faithful to the One Who loved us and gave His Life for us and saved us!
Paul certainly did.
— Dr. Mike Bagwell
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