Bible: Acts 16:16-24

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 1  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. 2  She 3  brought her owners 4  a great profit by fortune-telling. 5  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 6 These men are servants 7  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 8  of salvation.” 9  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 10  and turned 11  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 12  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 13  16:19 But when her owners 14  saw their hope of profit 15  was gone, they seized 16  Paul and Silas and dragged 17  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 18  they had brought them 19  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 20  They are 21  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 22  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 23  or practice, 24  since we are 25  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 26  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 27  off Paul and Silas 28  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 29  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 30  they threw them into prison and commanded 31  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 32  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 33 

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