ActsChapter 16

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1 And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra: and lo, a certain disciple was there, Timothy by name, son of a Jewish woman that believed; but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well reported of by the brethren at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would :Paul have to go forth with him; and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews that were in those :parts: for all knew that his :father was a Greek. 4 And as they were proceeding through the cities, they delivered them for keeping the decrees :ordained of the apostles and elders :at Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
 
6 And they went through :Phrygia and the Galatia region, having been hindered by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in :Asia; 7 and coming over against :Mysia, they attempted to go into :Bithynia; and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not; 8 and passing by :Mysia, they came down to Trōas. 9 And a vision appeared to :Paul at night: A certain Macedonian man was standing and beseeching him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And when he had seen the vision, straightway we sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that :God had called us to preach the gospel unto them.
 
11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothracē, and the day following to Neapolis; 12 and thence to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, first of the district, a colony. And we were in this :city tarrying certain days. 13 And on the day of the sabbaths we went forth without the gate by a river side, where we supposed was a prayer-place; and we sat down, and spake to the women that were come together. 14 And a certain woman Lydia by name, a purple-seller of Thyateira City, one that worshiped :God, heard us: whose :heart the Lord opened to give heed to the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her :house, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my :house, and abide. And she constrained us. 16 And it came to pass, as we were going to the prayer-place, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her †:masters much gain by soothsaying. 17 The same following after :Paul and us cried out, saying, These :men are bondmen of the Most High :God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation. 18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, being sore troubled, turned and said to the spirit, I charge thee in Jesus Christ’s name to come out of her. And it came out that very hour. 19 But her :masters seeing that the hope of their :gain was gone, they laid hold on :Paul and :Silas, and dragged them into the market before the rulers, 20 and when they had brought them to the praetors, they said, These :men, being Jews, do trouble our :city greatly, 21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans. 22 And the crowd rose up together against them: and the praetors rent their :garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and secured their :feet in the stocks. 25 But about :midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto :God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and: suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison-house were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened; and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the jailor being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison :doors open, drew his :sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 And he called for lights and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down before :Paul and Silas, 30 and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and THOU shalt be saved and thy :household. 32 And they spake the word of :God to him, with all those in his :house. 33 And he took them in that hour of the night, and washed their :stripes; and was baptized, he and all :his, immediately. 34 And he brought them up into the house, and set a table before them, and rejoiced greatly with all his house, having believed in :God. 35 But when it was day, the praetors sent the rodbearers, saying, Let those :men go. 36 And the jailor reported the words to :Paul, that The praetors have sent to let you go: now therefore come forth, and go in peace. 37 But :Paul said unto them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now cast us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and bring us out. 38 And the rodbearers reported these :words to the praetors: and they feared when they heard that they were Romans: 39 and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and went in unto :Lydia’s: and seeing the brethren, they †comforted them, and went forth.

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