Salmone
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Salmone
Bible Meaning: Clothed
Strong's Concordance #G4534

The city of Salmone was located on the far eastern section of the island of Crete.

The Apostle Paul's fourth missionary journey begins with a Centurion entrusted to take him to Rome so that Caesar may hear the case against him (Acts 24 - 26). Boarding a boat at Caesarea, he is taken to Myra on the southern coast of Asia Minor, where he is transferred to a ship heading west toward Italy (Acts 27:1 - 6).

Paul's ship then experiences contrary winds that greatly slow its progress. Unable to proceed further west as it nears the port town of Cnidus, the vessel is forced to sail south to the island of Crete and then travel west after they pass Salmone.

"At this point (when Paul's ship was near the port city of Cnidus) they lost the advantages of a favoring current, a weather-shore and smooth water, and were met by all the force of the sea from the westward; and it was judged the most prudent course, instead of contending with a head sea and contrary winds, to run down to the southward, and after rounding Cape Salmone, the easternmost point of Crete, to pursue the voyage (to Rome) under the lee of that island" (Life and Epistles of Paul, chapter 23).

Location of Salmone on Island of Crete Map
Location of Salmone

Important verses

Acts 27:1 - 2, 7 - 8
And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.

And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia . . .

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

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