Acts 16:19-40

19But awhen her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and bdragged 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 cadvocate customs that are not lawful for us das Romans to accept or practice.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders eto 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 fprison and fastened their feet in gthe stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted

25 hAbout midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly ithere was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately jall the doors were opened, and keveryone’s bonds were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and lwas 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
Greek he
called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he nfell down before Paul and Silas.
30Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs owhat must I do to be psaved?” 31And they said qBelieve in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you rand your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And he took them sthe same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he twas baptized at once, he and all his family. 34Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he urejoiced 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 vuncondemned, 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 wthey were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and xasked them to leave the city. 40So they went out of the prison and visited yLydia. And when they had seen zthe brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

Copyright information for ESV