|Acts 16 |
1 Then Paul went to Derbe and Lystra; and a certain disciple was there named Timothy, the son of a woman who believed and was a Jewess; but whose father was a Greek.
2 And he was well reported of by the brothers who were in Lystra and Iconium.
3 Paul wanted him to journey on with him; so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem.
5 And so the churches were established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
7 And after they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
8 So they passed by Mysia and came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and begged him, saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us."
10 And after he had seen the vision, we [Luke and the others] immediately endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 Therefore setting sail from Troas, we came on a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;
12 And from there to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony. And we stayed in that city several days.
13 Then on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who assembled there.
14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, heard us; and the Lord opened her heart, so that she paid attention to the things that were spoken of by Paul.
15 And when she and her household was baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay there." So she persuaded us.
16 Then it happened that as we went to prayer, a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters great profit by soothsaying.
17 She followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, "These men are the servants of the most high God, who show us the way of salvation."
18 She did this for many days. Then Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour.
19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and drug them into the marketplace to the authorities,
20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, "These men are Jews, and greatly trouble our city,
21 And teach customs that are not lawful for us to receive or observe, since we are Romans."
22 Then the crowd rose up against them; and the magistrates tore their clothes off, and commanded them to be beaten.
23 After they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely.
24 And having received such a charge, the jailer put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet securely in the stocks.
25 Now at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God; and the other prisoners heard them.
26 Then suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, drew out his sword and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here."
29 Then he called for a light and ran in, and came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, "Men, what must I do to be saved? "
31 And they said, "Believe in [trust in, depend on, obey] the Lord Jesus Christ, and you and all your house will be saved."
32 So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
33 And he took them that same hour, and washed their wounds, and he and all his house were baptized immediately,
34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
35 Now when it was day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, "Release those men."
36 And the keeper of the prison reported this to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go; therefore depart and go in peace."
37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us openly without trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now they try to send us away secretly? No! But let them come themselves and escort us out."
38 And the officers reported these words to the magistrates; and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.
39 So they came and appealed to them, and escorted them out, and asked them to leave the city.
40 And they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and after they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.
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