Take some food! (Acts 27:33)

“Just before daybreak,

Paul urged

All of them

To take some food.

He said.

‘Today is the fourteenth day

That you have been

In suspense

And remaining

Without food,

Having eaten nothing.’”

Ἄχρι δὲ οὗ ἡμέρα ἤμελλεν γίνεσθαι, παρεκάλει ὁ Παῦλος ἅπαντας μεταλαβεῖν τροφῆς λέγων Τεσσαρεσκαιδεκάτην σήμερον ἡμέραν προσδοκῶντες ἄσιτοι διατελεῖτε, μηθὲν προσλαβόμενοι.

The author of Acts indicated that just before daybreak or before the beginning of the day (Ἄχρι δὲ οὗ ἡμέρα ἤμελλεν γίνεσθαι), Paul (ὁ Παῦλος) urged (παρεκάλει) all of them (ἅπαντας) to take some food (μεταλαβεῖν τροφῆς).  He said (λέγων) that this was the fourteenth day (Τεσσαρεσκαιδεκάτην σήμερον ἡμέραν) that they have been waiting anxiously (προσδοκῶντες) and continued to remain (διατελεῖτε) without food (ἄσιτοι), having eaten nothing (μηθὲν προσλαβόμενοι).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used these words ἄσιτοι, that means without eating or fasting, and the word διατελεῖτε, that means to accomplish thoroughly, to persist, continue, persevere, or finish.  Just before daybreak, Paul told everyone that they should have something to eat, since they had not eaten in fourteen days.  Was this because they were anxious or that they had no food?  They must have had some food.  Thus, they had been fourteen days or two weeks without eating anything, either deliberately or being forced to do so.  This whole trip had been very anxious with the great storm that they were in.  How long have you ever fasted without eating any food?

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