The centurion listened to the owner of the ship (Acts 27:11)

“But the centurion

Paid more attention

To the captain

And to the owner

Of the ship

Than to what Paul said.”

ὁ δὲ ἑκατοντάρχης τῷ κυβερνήτῃ καὶ τῷ ναυκλήρῳ μᾶλλον ἐπείθετο ἢ τοῖς ὑπὸ Παύλου λεγομένοις.

The author of Acts indicated that the centurion (ὁ δὲ ἑκατοντάρχης) paid more attention (μᾶλλον ἐπείθετο) to the pilot captain (τῷ κυβερνήτῃ) and to the owner (καὶ τῷ ναυκλήρῳ) of the ship than to what Paul said (ἢ τοῖς ὑπὸ Παύλου λεγομένοις).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ναυκλήρῳ, that means a shipowner, shipmaster, or master of a ship.  Yes, so would I.  Paul was the prisoner on this ship.  Surely, the centurion would pay more attention to the owner and the pilot of this ship, since they had done this before and had a vested interest in its success.  Do you think that owners know more about their assets than other people around them?

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