Bible: Acts 16:23-39

16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 1  they threw them into prison and commanded 2  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 3  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 4 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 5  and singing hymns to God, 6  and the rest of 7  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 8  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 9  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 10  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 11  because he assumed 12  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 13 Do not harm yourself, 14  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 15  rushed in and fell down 16  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 17  and asked, “Sirs, what must 18  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 19 Believe 20  in the Lord Jesus 21  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 22  they spoke the word of the Lord 23  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 24  that hour of the night he took them 25  and washed their wounds; 26  then 27  he and all his family 28  were baptized right away. 29  16:34 The jailer 30  brought them into his house and set food 31  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 32  that he had come to believe 33  in God, together with his entire household. 34  16:35 At daybreak 35  the magistrates 36  sent their police officers, 37  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 38 The magistrates have sent orders 39  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 40  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 41 They had us beaten in public 42  without a proper trial 43 even though we are Roman citizens 44 and they threw us 45  in prison. And now they want to send us away 46  secretly? Absolutely not! They 47  themselves must come and escort us out! 48  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 49  were Roman citizens 50  16:39 and came 51  and apologized to them. After 52  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 53  to leave the city.

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