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.