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.