Acts 16

The Macedonian Vision

Paul came also to a Derbe and to b Lystra. And a disciple was there, named c Timothy, the son of a d Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by e the brethren who were in f Lystra and g Iconium. Paul wanted this man to
Lit go out
go with him; and he i took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering j the decrees which had been decided upon by k the apostles and l elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. So m the churches were being strengthened
Or in faith
in the faith, and were o increasing in number daily.

They passed through the
Or Phrygia and the Galatian region
q Phrygian and r Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in
I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
t Asia;
and after they came to u Mysia, they were trying to go into v Bithynia, and the w Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by x Mysia, they came down to y Troas. z A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of aa Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 When he had seen ab the vision, immediately ac we sought to
Lit go out
go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to ae preach the gospel to them.

11 So putting out to sea from af Troas, we ran ag a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis; 12 and from there to ah Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of ai Macedonia aj a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days. 13 And on ak the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

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14 A woman named Lydia, from the city of al Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics am a worshiper of God, was listening;
Lit whose heart the Lord opened
and the Lord ao opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.
15 And when she and ap her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

16 It happened that as we were going to aq the place of prayer, a slave-girl having ar a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of as the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you
Lit a way
the way of salvation.”
18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you au in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very
Lit hour

19 But when her masters saw that their hope of aw profit was
Lit gone out
gone, they seized ay Paul and Silas and az dragged them into the market place before the authorities,
20 and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews, 21 and ba are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being bb Romans.”

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

22 The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their
Or outer garments
robes off them and proceeded to order
Lit to beat with rods
them to be be beaten with rods.
23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding bf the jailer to guard them securely; 24 
Lit who
and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in bh the
Lit wood

25 But about midnight bj Paul and Silas were praying and bk singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly bl there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately bm all the doors were opened and everyone’s bn chains were unfastened. 27 When bo the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about bp to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before bq Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs br what must I do to be saved?”

The Jailer Converted

31 They said bs Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and bt your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of
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the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.
33 And he took them bv that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set
Lit a table
food before them, and rejoiced
Or greatly with his whole household, having believed in God
greatly, having believed in God with by his whole household.

35 Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, “Release those men.” 36 And bz the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The chief magistrates have sent to release you. Therefore come out now and go ca in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us in public without trial cb men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out.” 38 The policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates. cc They were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, 39 and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them cd to leave the city. 40 They went out of the prison and entered the house of ce Lydia, and when they saw cf the brethren, they
Or exhorted
encouraged them and departed.
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