“And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.”
King James Version (KJV)
27:42 The counsel - Cruel, unjust, ungrateful.
Ac 27:42 The soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners. We have here an illustration of the extreme brutality of the rank and file of the Roman army. They would rather kill the prisoners than to run the risk of their escape.