Bible: Acts 16:12-40

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

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 18  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. 19  She 20  brought her owners 21  a great profit by fortune-telling. 22  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 23 These men are servants 24  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 25  of salvation.” 26  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 27  and turned 28  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 29  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 30  16:19 But when her owners 31  saw their hope of profit 32  was gone, they seized 33  Paul and Silas and dragged 34  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 35  they had brought them 36  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 37  They are 38  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 39  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 40  or practice, 41  since we are 42  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 43  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 44  off Paul and Silas 45  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 46  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 47  they threw them into prison and commanded 48  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 49  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 50 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 51  and singing hymns to God, 52  and the rest of 53  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 54  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 55  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 56  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 57  because he assumed 58  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 59 Do not harm yourself, 60  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 61  rushed in and fell down 62  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 63  and asked, “Sirs, what must 64  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 65 Believe 66  in the Lord Jesus 67  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 68  they spoke the word of the Lord 69  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 70  that hour of the night he took them 71  and washed their wounds; 72  then 73  he and all his family 74  were baptized right away. 75  16:34 The jailer 76  brought them into his house and set food 77  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 78  that he had come to believe 79  in God, together with his entire household. 80  16:35 At daybreak 81  the magistrates 82  sent their police officers, 83  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 84 The magistrates have sent orders 85  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 86  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 87 They had us beaten in public 88  without a proper trial 89 even though we are Roman citizens 90 and they threw us 91  in prison. And now they want to send us away 92  secretly? Absolutely not! They 93  themselves must come and escort us out! 94  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 95  were Roman citizens 96  16:39 and came 97  and apologized to them. After 98  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 99  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 100  departed.

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