The northeastern wind (Acts 27:14)

“But soon,

A violent wind,

Called the northeaster,

Rushed down

From Crete.”

μετ’ οὐ πολὺ δὲ ἔβαλεν κατ’ αὐτῆς ἄνεμος τυφωνικὸς ὁ καλούμενος Εὐρακύλων·

The author of Acts indicated that soon or not long after that (μετ’ οὐ πολὺ δὲ), a violent wind (ἄνεμος τυφωνικὸς), called the northeaster (ὁ καλούμενος Εὐρακύλων), rushed down from Crete (ἔβαλεν κατ’ αὐτῆς).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used these words τυφωνικὸς, that means tempestuous, violent, or stormy, and the word Εὐρακύλων, that means Euroklydon or northeastern wind.  Not long after they got started, a violent wind called a northeaster came down from the island.  The suddenly gentle southerly breeze turned into a violent northeastern storm.  This northeastern storm struck shortly after they left Fair Havens.  They may have been less than halfway to their intended destination at Phoenix. Have you ever been in an unexpected storm?

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