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Acts Chapter 16

1And he arrived in Derbe and Lystra, where there was a certain disciple by the name of Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman, who was a believer, and a Greek father, 2and he was highly regarded by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted him to come along with him, and took him and circumcised him on account of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4And as they went through the cities, they delivered decrees to them, to keep, which had been issued by the apostles and the elders in Jerusalem. 5So the churches were consolidated in the faith and they increased in number daily. 6But as they passed through Phrygia and the Galatian region, they were prevented by the holy spirit from speaking the word in Asia, 7and they came down to Mysia, and attempted to go down to Bithynia, but the spirit did not allow them, 8and by-passing Mysia they went down to Troas. 9Then a vision appeared in the night to Paul – a certain Macedonian man was standing and calling on him and saying, “Cross into Macedonia and help us.” 10And when he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to depart for Macedonia, deducing that the Lord had called on us to preach the gospel to them. 11So we set sail from Troas and had a straight voyage to Samothrace, and the next day to Neapolis. 12And from there to Philippi, which is the first city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony, and we were in the city itself spending time there for several days. 13And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city along the river where prayer was customarily held and we sat down and spoke to the women who were gathered there. 14And a certain woman by the name of Lydia was listening, a seller of purple cloth, of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, whose heart the Lord had opened to pay heed to the things spoken by Paul. 15And when she had been baptized, along with her household, she invited us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she urged us to do so. 16And it came to pass as we were going to prayer that a certain girl who was possessed by a soothsaying spirit met us, and who provided her masters with much business by soothsaying. 17She followed Paul and us persistently and kept shouting out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they will declare the way of salvation to us.” 18She kept doing this for many days. Paul, being worn out with annoyance, turned to the spirit and said, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out at that very hour. 19But when her masters saw that the mainstay of their business had come out, they laid hold of Paul and Silas and dragged them to the market place to the governors. 20And they led them to the magistrates and said, “These men are stirring up our city, and, being Jews, 21are declaring customs which we are not permitted to adopt or to do, since we are Romans.” 22And the crowd rose up against them together, and the magistrates tore their coats and ordered beating with rods. 23And after inflicting many blows on them, they threw them in prison, ordering the prison guard to guard them securely, 24and he accepted such a charge and put them in the innermost prison area and secured their feet in stocks. 25Now at around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26when suddenly a heavy earthquake took place, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's shackles became detached. 27The prison guard was awoken from his sleep, and when he saw that the doors of the prison were open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted in a loud voice and said, “Don't do yourself any harm, for we are all here.” 29Then he asked for light and rushed in, and with trembling he fell down at Paul and Silas, 30and led them out, and said, “Gentlemen, what must I do to be saved?” 31And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you and your household will be saved.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all those in his house. 33Then he took them along at that hour of the night and washed their wounds, and was immediately baptized, as were all those of his family. 34And he led them up to his house, and served them a meal and rejoiced with all his household, having believed in God. 35After a day had passed, the magistrates sent the lictors and said, “Release those men.” 36And the prison guard reported these words to Paul as follows: “The magistrates have sent word that you should be released. So depart now and go in peace.” 37Then Paul said to them, “They flogged us when we were uncondemned, in public, although we are Roman citizens, and threw us in prison. And now, are they going to expel us in secret? Not likely! Rather, let them come and conduct us out themselves.” 38And the lictors reported these words to the magistrates, and they became afraid when they heard that they were Romans, 39and they came and apologized to them profusely, then they conducted them out and asked them to leave the city. 40So they came out of the prison and went to Lydia's house, and saw the brothers there and encouraged them, and departed again.
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