Acts 16

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

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came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named bTimothy, cthe son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.
2He was well spoken of by dthe brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verse 40
at Lystra and Iconium.
3Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he ftook him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance gthe decisions hthat had been reached by ithe apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 jSo the churches were strengthened in kthe faith, and they increased in numbers ldaily.

The Macedonian Call

6And mthey went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but nthe Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8So, passing by Mysia, they went down oto Troas. 9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10And when Paul
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had seen the vision, immediately qwe sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The Conversion of Lydia

11So, setting sail from Troas, we rmade a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to sPhilippi, which is a leading city of the
Or that
district of Macedonia and ua Roman colony. We remained in this city some days.
13And von the Sabbath day we went outside the gate wto the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we xsat 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, ywho was a worshiper of God. The Lord zopened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15And after she was baptized, aaand 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 abprevailed upon us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

16As we were going to acthe place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had ada spirit of aedivination and afbrought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17She followed Paul and us, agcrying out, “These men are ahservants
Greek bondservants
of ajthe Most High God, who proclaim to you akthe way of salvation.”
18And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, al“I command you amin the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And anit came out that very hour.

19But aowhen her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and apdragged 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 aqadvocate customs that are not lawful for us aras Romans to accept or practice.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders asto 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 atprison and fastened their feet in authe stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted

25 avAbout midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly awthere was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately axall the doors were opened, and ayeveryone’s bonds were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and azwas 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 bbfell down before Paul and Silas.
30Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, bcwhat must I do to be bdsaved?” 31And they said, beBelieve in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you bfand your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And he took them bgthe same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he bhwas baptized at once, he and all his family. 34Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he birejoiced 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, bjuncondemned, 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 bkthey were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and blasked them to leave the city. 40So they went out of the prison and visited bmLydia. And when they had seen bnthe brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

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