Bible: Acts 16:11-40

Arrival at Philippi

16:11 We put out to sea 1  from Troas 2  and sailed a straight course 3  to Samothrace, 4  the next day to Neapolis, 5  16:12 and from there to Philippi, 6  which is a leading city of that district 7  of Macedonia, 8  a Roman colony. 9  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 10  and began to speak 11  to the women 12  who had assembled there. 13  16:14 A 14  woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 15  from the city of Thyatira, 16  a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 17  The Lord opened her heart to respond 18  to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 19  “If 20  you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 21  come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 22  us.

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 23  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. 24  She 25  brought her owners 26  a great profit by fortune-telling. 27  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 28 These men are servants 29  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 30  of salvation.” 31  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 32  and turned 33  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 34  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 35  16:19 But when her owners 36  saw their hope of profit 37  was gone, they seized 38  Paul and Silas and dragged 39  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 40  they had brought them 41  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 42  They are 43  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 44  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 45  or practice, 46  since we are 47  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 48  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 49  off Paul and Silas 50  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 51  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 52  they threw them into prison and commanded 53  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 54  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 55 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 56  and singing hymns to God, 57  and the rest of 58  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 59  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 60  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 61  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 62  because he assumed 63  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 64 Do not harm yourself, 65  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 66  rushed in and fell down 67  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 68  and asked, “Sirs, what must 69  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 70 Believe 71  in the Lord Jesus 72  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 73  they spoke the word of the Lord 74  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 75  that hour of the night he took them 76  and washed their wounds; 77  then 78  he and all his family 79  were baptized right away. 80  16:34 The jailer 81  brought them into his house and set food 82  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 83  that he had come to believe 84  in God, together with his entire household. 85  16:35 At daybreak 86  the magistrates 87  sent their police officers, 88  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 89 The magistrates have sent orders 90  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 91  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 92 They had us beaten in public 93  without a proper trial 94 even though we are Roman citizens 95 and they threw us 96  in prison. And now they want to send us away 97  secretly? Absolutely not! They 98  themselves must come and escort us out! 99  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 100  were Roman citizens 101  16:39 and came 102  and apologized to them. After 103  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 104  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 105  departed.

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