Bible: Acts 15:36-16:40

Paul and Barnabas Part Company

15:36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s return 1  and visit the brothers in every town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord 2  to see how they are doing.” 3  15:37 Barnabas wanted to bring John called Mark along with them too, 15:38 but Paul insisted 4  that they should not take along this one who had left them in Pamphylia 5  and had not accompanied them in the work. 15:39 They had 6  a sharp disagreement, 7  so that they parted company. Barnabas took along 8  Mark and sailed away to Cyprus, 9  15:40 but Paul chose Silas and set out, commended 10  to the grace of the Lord by the brothers and sisters. 11  15:41 He passed through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening 12  the churches.

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16:1 He also came to Derbe 13  and to Lystra. 14  A disciple 15  named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 16  but whose father was a Greek. 17  16:2 The brothers in Lystra 18  and Iconium 19  spoke well 20  of him. 21  16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 22  to accompany him, and he took 23  him and circumcised 24  him because of the Jews who were in those places, 25  for they all knew that his father was Greek. 26  16:4 As they went through the towns, 27  they passed on 28  the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 29  for the Gentile believers 30  to obey. 31  16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 32 

Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man

16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 33  and Galatia, 34  having been prevented 35  by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 36  in the province of Asia. 37  16:7 When they came to 38  Mysia, 39  they attempted to go into Bithynia, 40  but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 41  them to do this, 42  16:8 so they passed through 43  Mysia 44  and went down to Troas. 45  16:9 A 46  vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 47  urging him, 48 Come over 49  to Macedonia 50  and help us! 16:10 After Paul 51  saw the vision, we attempted 52  immediately to go over to Macedonia, 53  concluding that God had called 54  us to proclaim the good news to them.

Arrival at Philippi

16:11 We put out to sea 55  from Troas 56  and sailed a straight course 57  to Samothrace, 58  the next day to Neapolis, 59  16:12 and from there to Philippi, 60  which is a leading city of that district 61  of Macedonia, 62  a Roman colony. 63  We stayed in this city for some days. 16:13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the side of the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down 64  and began to speak 65  to the women 66  who had assembled there. 67  16:14 A 68  woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 69  from the city of Thyatira, 70  a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 71  The Lord opened her heart to respond 72  to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 73  “If 74  you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 75  come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 76  us.

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 77  as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit that enabled her to foretell the future by supernatural means. 78  She 79  brought her owners 80  a great profit by fortune-telling. 81  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 82 These men are servants 83  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 84  of salvation.” 85  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 86  and turned 87  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 88  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 89  16:19 But when her owners 90  saw their hope of profit 91  was gone, they seized 92  Paul and Silas and dragged 93  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 94  they had brought them 95  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 96  They are 97  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 98  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 99  or practice, 100  since we are 101  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 102  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 103  off Paul and Silas 104  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 105  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 106  they threw them into prison and commanded 107  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 108  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 109 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 110  and singing hymns to God, 111  and the rest of 112  the prisoners were listening to them. 16:26 Suddenly a great earthquake occurred, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors flew open, and the bonds 113  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 114  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 115  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 116  because he assumed 117  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 118 Do not harm yourself, 119  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 120  rushed in and fell down 121  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 122  and asked, “Sirs, what must 123  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 124 Believe 125  in the Lord Jesus 126  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 127  they spoke the word of the Lord 128  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 129  that hour of the night he took them 130  and washed their wounds; 131  then 132  he and all his family 133  were baptized right away. 134  16:34 The jailer 135  brought them into his house and set food 136  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 137  that he had come to believe 138  in God, together with his entire household. 139  16:35 At daybreak 140  the magistrates 141  sent their police officers, 142  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 143 The magistrates have sent orders 144  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 145  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 146 They had us beaten in public 147  without a proper trial 148 even though we are Roman citizens 149 and they threw us 150  in prison. And now they want to send us away 151  secretly? Absolutely not! They 152  themselves must come and escort us out! 153  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 154  were Roman citizens 155  16:39 and came 156  and apologized to them. After 157  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 158  to leave the city. 16:40 When they came out of the prison, they entered Lydia’s house, and when they saw the brothers, they encouraged them and then 159  departed.

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