Bible: Acts 16:6-40

Paul’s Vision of the Macedonian Man

16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia 1  and Galatia, 2  having been prevented 3  by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message 4  in the province of Asia. 5  16:7 When they came to 6  Mysia, 7  they attempted to go into Bithynia, 8  but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow 9  them to do this, 10  16:8 so they passed through 11  Mysia 12  and went down to Troas. 13  16:9 A 14  vision appeared to Paul during the night: A Macedonian man was standing there 15  urging him, 16 Come over 17  to Macedonia 18  and help us! 16:10 After Paul 19  saw the vision, we attempted 20  immediately to go over to Macedonia, 21  concluding that God had called 22  us to proclaim the good news to them.

Arrival at Philippi

16:11 We put out to sea 23  from Troas 24  and sailed a straight course 25  to Samothrace, 26  the next day to Neapolis, 27  16:12 and from there to Philippi, 28  which is a leading city of that district 29  of Macedonia, 30  a Roman colony. 31  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 32  and began to speak 33  to the women 34  who had assembled there. 35  16:14 A 36  woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth 37  from the city of Thyatira, 38  a God-fearing woman, listened to us. 39  The Lord opened her heart to respond 40  to what Paul was saying. 16:15 After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, 41  “If 42  you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, 43  come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded 44  us.

Paul and Silas Are Thrown Into Prison

16:16 Now 45  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. 46  She 47  brought her owners 48  a great profit by fortune-telling. 49  16:17 She followed behind Paul and us and kept crying out, 50 These men are servants 51  of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way 52  of salvation.” 53  16:18 She continued to do this for many days. But Paul became greatly annoyed, 54  and turned 55  and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ 56  to come out of her!” And it came out of her at once. 57  16:19 But when her owners 58  saw their hope of profit 59  was gone, they seized 60  Paul and Silas and dragged 61  them into the marketplace before the authorities. 16:20 When 62  they had brought them 63  before the magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion. 64  They are 65  Jews 16:21 and are advocating 66  customs that are not lawful for us to accept 67  or practice, 68  since we are 69  Romans.”

16:22 The crowd joined the attack 70  against them, and the magistrates tore the clothes 71  off Paul and Silas 72  and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 73  16:23 After they had beaten them severely, 74  they threw them into prison and commanded 75  the jailer to guard them securely. 16:24 Receiving such orders, he threw them in the inner cell 76  and fastened their feet in the stocks. 77 

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying 78  and singing hymns to God, 79  and the rest of 80  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 81  of all the prisoners came loose. 16:27 When the jailer woke up 82  and saw the doors of the prison standing open, 83  he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 84  because he assumed 85  the prisoners had escaped. 16:28 But Paul called out loudly, 86 Do not harm yourself, 87  for we are all here! 16:29 Calling for lights, the jailer 88  rushed in and fell down 89  trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 16:30 Then he brought them outside 90  and asked, “Sirs, what must 91  I do to be saved? 16:31 They replied, 92 Believe 93  in the Lord Jesus 94  and you will be saved, you and your household.” 16:32 Then 95  they spoke the word of the Lord 96  to him, along with all those who were in his house. 16:33 At 97  that hour of the night he took them 98  and washed their wounds; 99  then 100  he and all his family 101  were baptized right away. 102  16:34 The jailer 103  brought them into his house and set food 104  before them, and he rejoiced greatly 105  that he had come to believe 106  in God, together with his entire household. 107  16:35 At daybreak 108  the magistrates 109  sent their police officers, 110  saying, “Release those men.” 16:36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, 111 The magistrates have sent orders 112  to release you. So come out now and go in peace.” 113  16:37 But Paul said to the police officers, 114 They had us beaten in public 115  without a proper trial 116 even though we are Roman citizens 117 and they threw us 118  in prison. And now they want to send us away 119  secretly? Absolutely not! They 120  themselves must come and escort us out! 121  16:38 The police officers reported these words to the magistrates. They were frightened when they heard Paul and Silas 122  were Roman citizens 123  16:39 and came 124  and apologized to them. After 125  they brought them out, they asked them repeatedly 126  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 127  departed.

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