Fair Havens
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Fair Havens
Bible Meaning: Goodly ports, good harbors
Strong's Concordance #G2568

Fair Havens was an open bay on the southern side of the island of Crete near the city of Lasea. The ship on which the Apostle Paul sailed, during his fourth missionary journey, anchored at Fair Havens for a short period.

Paul, while at Fair Havens, admonished those who owned the ship, including the Roman Centurion escorting him to Rome, to stay longer since it was a dangerous time to sail. His advice was disregarded, however, and the ship sailed west in the hope of reaching Phoenix on the far side of Crete (Acts 27:8 - 12).

Important Verses

Acts 27:5 - 11
And when we (the Apostle Paul and those on the ship) had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.

And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;

Island of Crete in the New Testament Map

And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens: nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.

Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast (Day of Atonement) was now already past, Paul admonished them, and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship . . .

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