Bible: Acts 16

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

16:1 He also came to Derbe 1  and to Lystra. 2  A disciple 3  named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, 4  but whose father was a Greek. 5  16:2 The brothers in Lystra 6  and Iconium 7  spoke well 8  of him. 9  16:3 Paul wanted Timothy 10  to accompany him, and he took 11  him and circumcised 12  him because of the Jews who were in those places, 13  for they all knew that his father was Greek. 14  16:4 As they went through the towns, 15  they passed on 16  the decrees that had been decided on by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem 17  for the Gentile believers 18  to obey. 19  16:5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were increasing in number every day. 20 

Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man

16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 21  and Galatia, 22  having been prevented 23  by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 24  in the province of Asia. 25  16:7 When they came to 26  Mysia, 27  they attempted to go into Bithynia, 28  but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 29  them to do this, 30  16:8 so they passed through 31  Mysia 32  and went down to Troas. 33  16:9 A 34  vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 35  urging him, 36 Come over 37  to Macedonia 38  and help us! 16:10 After Paul 39  saw the vision, we attempted 40  immediately to go over to Macedonia, 41  concluding that God had called 42  us to proclaim the good news to them.

Arrival at Philippi

16:11 We put out to sea 43  from Troas 44  and sailed a straight course 45  to Samothrace, 46  the next day to Neapolis, 47  16:12 and from there to Philippi, 48  which is a leading city of that district 49  of Macedonia, 50  a Roman colony. 51  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 52  and began to speak 53  to the women 54  who had assembled there. 55  16:14 A 56  woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 57  from the city of Thyatira, 58  a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 59  The Lord opened her heart to respond 60  to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 61  “If 62  you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 63  come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 64  us.

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 65  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. 66  She 67  brought her owners 68  a great profit by fortune-telling. 69  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 70 These men are servants 71  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 72  of salvation.” 73  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 74  and turned 75  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 76  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 77  16:19 But when her owners 78  saw their hope of profit 79  was gone, they seized 80  Paul and Silas and dragged 81  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 82  they had brought them 83  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 84  They are 85  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 86  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 87  or practice, 88  since we are 89  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 90  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 91  off Paul and Silas 92  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 93  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 94  they threw them into prison and commanded 95  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 96  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 97 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 98  and singing hymns to God, 99  and the rest of 100  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 101  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 102  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 103  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 104  because he assumed 105  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 106 Do not harm yourself, 107  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 108  rushed in and fell down 109  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 110  and asked, “Sirs, what must 111  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 112 Believe 113  in the Lord Jesus 114  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 115  they spoke the word of the Lord 116  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 117  that hour of the night he took them 118  and washed their wounds; 119  then 120  he and all his family 121  were baptized right away. 122  16:34 The jailer 123  brought them into his house and set food 124  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 125  that he had come to believe 126  in God, together with his entire household. 127  16:35 At daybreak 128  the magistrates 129  sent their police officers, 130  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 131 The magistrates have sent orders 132  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 133  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 134 They had us beaten in public 135  without a proper trial 136 even though we are Roman citizens 137 and they threw us 138  in prison. And now they want to send us away 139  secretly? Absolutely not! They 140  themselves must come and escort us out! 141  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 142  were Roman citizens 143  16:39 and came 144  and apologized to them. After 145  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 146  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 147  departed.

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