Bible: Acts 16:19-40

16:19 But when her owners 1  saw their hope of profit 2  was gone, they seized 3  Paul and Silas and dragged 4  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 5  they had brought them 6  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 7  They are 8  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 9  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 10  or practice, 11  since we are 12  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 13  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 14  off Paul and Silas 15  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 16  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 17  they threw them into prison and commanded 18  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 19  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 20 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 21  and singing hymns to God, 22  and the rest of 23  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 24  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 25  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 26  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 27  because he assumed 28  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 29 Do not harm yourself, 30  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 31  rushed in and fell down 32  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 33  and asked, “Sirs, what must 34  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 35 Believe 36  in the Lord Jesus 37  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 38  they spoke the word of the Lord 39  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 40  that hour of the night he took them 41  and washed their wounds; 42  then 43  he and all his family 44  were baptized right away. 45  16:34 The jailer 46  brought them into his house and set food 47  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 48  that he had come to believe 49  in God, together with his entire household. 50  16:35 At daybreak 51  the magistrates 52  sent their police officers, 53  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 54 The magistrates have sent orders 55  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 56  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 57 They had us beaten in public 58  without a proper trial 59 even though we are Roman citizens 60 and they threw us 61  in prison. And now they want to send us away 62  secretly? Absolutely not! They 63  themselves must come and escort us out! 64  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 65  were Roman citizens 66  16:39 and came 67  and apologized to them. After 68  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 69  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 70  departed.

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