Bible: Acts 16:12-40
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.