Acts 16
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1And he came to Derbe and Lystra, and behold, a certain disciple was there, by name Timotheus, son of a certain woman, a believing Jewess, but of a father, a Greek, 2who was well testified to by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium; 3Paul wished this one to go forth with him, and having taken [him], he circumcised him, because of the Jews who are in those places, for they all knew his father—that he was a Greek. 4And as they were going on through the cities, they were delivering to them the decrees to keep, that have been judged by the apostles and the elders who [are] in Jerusalem, 5then, indeed, were the assemblies established in the faith, and were abounding in number every day;

6and having gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia, 7having gone toward Mysia, they were trying to go on toward Bithynia, and the Spirit did not permit them, 8and having passed by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9And a vision through the night appeared to Paul—a certain man of Macedonia was standing, calling on him, and saying, “Having passed through to Macedonia, help us.” 10And when he saw the vision, immediately we endeavored to go forth to Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the LORD has called us to preach good news to them,

11having set sail, therefore, from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, on the next day also to Neapolis, 12there also to Philippi, which is a principal city of the part of Macedonia—a colony. And we were abiding in this city some days; 13on the day of the Sabbaths we also went forth outside of the city, by a river, where there used to be prayer, and having sat down, we were speaking to the women who came together,

14and a certain woman, by name Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, worshiping God, was hearing, whose heart the LORD opened to attend to the things spoken by Paul; 15and when she was immersed, and her household, she called on us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the LORD, having entered into my house, remain”; and she constrained us.

16And it came to pass in our going on to prayer, a certain maid, having a spirit of Python, met us, who brought much employment to her masters by soothsaying; 17she having followed Paul and us, was crying, saying, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who declare to us [the] way of salvation!” 18And this she was doing for many days, but Paul having been grieved, and having turned, said to the spirit, “I command you, in the Name of Jesus Christ, to come forth from her”; and it came forth the same hour.

19And her masters having seen that the hope of their employment was gone, having caught Paul and Silas, drew [them] into the marketplace, to the rulers, 20and having brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men being Jews exceedingly trouble our city; 21and they proclaim customs that are not lawful for us to receive nor to do, being Romans.”

22And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates having torn their garments from them, were commanding to beat [them] with rods, 23having also laid on them many blows, they cast them into prison, having given charge to the jailor to keep them safely, 24who having received such a charge, put them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25And at midnight Paul and Silas praying, were singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were hearing them, 26and suddenly a great earthquake came, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, also all the doors were immediately opened, and of all—the bands were loosed; 27and the jailor having come out of sleep, and having seen the doors of the prison open, having drawn a sword, was about to kill himself, supposing the prisoners to have fled, 28and Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “You may not do yourself any harm, for we are all here!” 29And having asked for a light, he sprang in, and he fell down before Paul and Silas trembling, 30and having brought them forth, said, “Lords, what must I do that I may be saved?”

31And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32And they spoke to him the word of the LORD, and to all those in his household; 33and having taken them, in that hour of the night, he bathed [them] from the blows, and immediately he and all of his were immersed, 34having also brought them into his house, he set food before [them], and was glad with all the household, he having believed in God.

35And day having come, the magistrates sent the rod-bearers, saying, “Let those men go”; 36and the jailor told these words to Paul, “The magistrates have sent, that you may be let go; now, therefore, having gone forth go on in peace”; 37and Paul said to them, “Having beaten us publicly uncondemned—men, being Romans—they cast [us] to prison, and now privately they cast us forth! Why no! But having come themselves, let them bring us forth.” 38And the rod-bearers told these sayings to the magistrates, and they were afraid, having heard that they are Romans, 39and having come, they implored them, and having brought [them] forth, they were asking [them] to go forth from the city; 40and they, having gone forth out of the prison, entered into [the house of] Lydia, and having seen the brothers, they comforted them, and went forth.

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