Acts 16:12-40

12and from there to a  Philippi, which is a leading city of the
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district of Macedonia and c  a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days.
13And d  on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate e  to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we f  sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods g  who was a worshiper of God. The Lord h  opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15And after she was baptized i  and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she j  prevailed upon us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

16As we were going to k  the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had l  a spirit of m  divination and n  brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17She followed Paul and us o  crying out, “These men are p  servants
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of r  the Most High God, who proclaim to you s  the way of salvation.”
18And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit t  “I command you u  in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And v  it came out that very hour.

19But w  when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and x  dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 20And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. 21They y  advocate customs that are not lawful for us z  as Romans to accept or practice.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders aa  to beat them with rods. 23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24Having received this order, he put them into the inner ab  prison and fastened their feet in ac  the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted

25 ad  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly ae  there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately af  all the doors were opened, and ag  everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and ah  was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29And the jailer
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called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he aj  fell down before Paul and Silas.
30Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs ak  what must I do to be al  saved?” 31And they said am  Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you an  and your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And he took them ao  the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he ap  was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he aq  rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

35But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” 37But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly ar  uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38The police reported these words to the magistrates, and as  they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and at  asked them to leave the city. 40So they went out of the prison and visited au  Lydia. And when they had seen av  the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

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