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And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised ° to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

27:12 if by any means. This seemingly insignificant phrase (Greek ei pos) actually is used to express the urgency of an object sought, and the means for its attainment. Its only four occurrences seem to follow a significant order. Note:

(1)     Search for physical comfort (Acts 27:12)

(2)     Search for spiritual ministry (Romans 1:10-11)

(3)     Search for conversion of others (Romans 11:13-14)

(4)     Search for Christ-centered life (Philippians 3:10-11).

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