Acts 16

CHAPTER 16

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

And he arrived at Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, by name Timothy, son [4woman 1of a certain 3Jewish 2believing], but the father was a Greek, who was borne witness to by the [2in 3Lystra 4and 5Iconium 1brethren]. [2this one 1Paul wanted 4with 5him 3to go forth]. And having taken, he circumcised him on account of the Jews, of the ones being in those places, [2they 4knew 1for 3all] his father, that he was a Greek. And as they traveled the cities, they delivered up to them [4to keep 1the 2decrees 3being adjudged] written by the apostles and the elders in Jerusalem. [2the 1Then indeed] assemblies were solidified in the belief, and abounded in number by day. And having gone through the Phrygian, and the Galatian region, they were restrained by the holy spirit to speak the word in Asia. Having come down to Mysia, they attempted [2towards 3Bithynia 1to go]; and [3did not 4allow 5them 1the 2spirit]. And going by Mysia, they went down unto Troas.

Paul's Vision

And a vision by the night appeared to Paul; a certain man of Macedonia was standing, appealing to him, and saying, Having passed over into Macedonia, help us! 10 And as [2the 3vision 1he beheld], immediately we sought to go forth into Macedonia, being instructed that [3called on 4us 1the 2Lord] to announce good news to them. 11 Having embarked then from Troas, we ran direct unto Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis; 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a foremost [2of the 3portion 4of Macedonia 1city], a colony. And we were in this city spending time some days. 13 And on the day of the Sabbaths we went forth outside the city by a river, of which we thought prayer to be. And having sat down we spoke to the [2having gathered together 1women].

Lydia Immersed

14 And a certain woman, by name Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, was listening; of whom the Lord opened wide her heart to take heed to the things being spoken by Paul. 15 And as she was being immersed, and her house, she appealed, saying, If you adjudge me [2trustworthy 3to the 4Lord 1to be], having entered into my house, abide! And she pressured us.

A Woman with Spirit of Python

16 And it came to pass of our going unto prayer, a certain maidservant having a spirit of python met us, which [3work 2much 1furnished] to her masters divining oracles. 17 She having followed closely after Paul and us, cried out saying, These men [2servants 3of God 4the 5highest 1are], who shall announce to us the way of deliverance. 18 And this she did for many days. [3being worked up 1And 2Paul], and having turned, [2to the 3spirit 1said], I summon to you in the name of Jesus Christ, to come forth from her. And it came forth the same hour. 19 [3seeing 1And 2her masters] that went forth the hope of their work, having taken hold of Paul and Silas, drew them into the market unto the rulers. 20 And leading them forward to the commandants, they said, These men disturb our city, being Jews, 21 and they announce customs which are not allowed for us to welcome, nor to do, being Romans. 22 And rose up together the multitude against them. And the commandants having torn off their garments, bid to beat them with a rod.

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

23 [4many 1And 2having placed upon 3them] strokes, they threw them into prison, exhorting the jailer [3safely 1to keep 2them]; 24 who [3exhortation 2such 1having received], cast them in the inner prison, and [2their feet 1safeguarded] in the wood stocks. 25 And towards midnight, Paul and Silas were praying, singing praise to God; [4heeded 1and 5them 2the 3prisoners]. 26 And suddenly [2earthquake 3took place 1a great], so as to shake the foundations of the jail. [6were opened 1And 2immediately 4the 5doors 3all], and all the bonds were unfastened. 27 [5awakened out of sleep 1And 4being 2the 3jailer], and beholding [5being open 1the 2doors 3of the 4prison], unsheathed his sword, being about to do away with himself, thinking [3to have fled 1the 2prisoners]. 28 [3spoke out 1And 5voice 4with a great 2Paul], saying, You should not exact [2on yourself 1hurt], [3all together 1for 2we are] here.

The Philippian Jailer

29 And asking for lights, he rushed in, and [2trembling 1being], he fell before Paul and Silas. 30 And having led them outside, he said, Masters, what is necessary for me to do that I should be delivered? 31 And they said, Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be delivered, you and your house. 32 And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, and to all the ones in his house. 33 And having taken them in that hour of the night, he bathed them from the strokes; and [4was immersed, 1he 2and 3all his family] immediately. 34 And having led them into his house, he placed a table, and exulted with his whole family, having believed in God. 35 And day having come [5sent 1the 2commandants 3of the 4lictors], saying, Release those men! 36 [4reported 1And 2the 3jailer] these words to Paul, that, [3have sent 1The 2commandants] that you be released. Now then having gone forth, go in peace! 37  But Paul said to them, Having flayed us in public, uncondemned men, being Romans, they cast us into prison, and now in private they cast us out? No indeed, but having come themselves let them lead us out! 38 [4announced 1And 5to the 6commandants 2the 3lictors] these words; and they feared, having heard that they are Romans. 39 And having come, they appealed to them; and having led them out, they asked them to go forth out of the city. 40 And having gone forth from out of the prison, they entered to Lydia; and having seen the brethren, they comforted them, and they went forth.
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