They got caught in the wind (Acts 27:15)

“The ship was caught.

It could not face the wind.

We gave way to it.


We were driven

By the wind.”

συναρπασθέντος δὲ τοῦ πλοίου καὶ μὴ δυναμένου ἀντοφθαλμεῖν τῷ ἀνέμῳ ἐπιδόντες ἐφερόμεθα.

The author of Acts indicated that the ship (δὲ τοῦ πλοίου) was caught (συναρπασθέντος).  It could not face (καὶ μὴ δυναμένου ἀντοφθαλμεῖν) the wind (τῷ ἀνέμῳ).  They gave way to it (ἐπιδόντες).  Thus, they were driven by the wind (ἐφερόμεθα).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἀντοφθαλμεῖν, that means to look in the face, look straight at, resist, withstand, or bear up against the wind.  This violent northeastern wind caught the ship.  They could not bear up against this wind, so they gave in to it and were driven by it.  This violent wind swept up the boat and drove them along.  Once again, the author of Acts had joined Paul in his voyage to Rome, as he said, “We were driven along (ἐφερόμεθα) by the wind.”  Have you ever been swept up in a windstorm?

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