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Chapter 16

Acts 16:1 Then he came to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain woman, who was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

Acts 16:2 Who was well reported by the brothers that were at Lystra and Iconium.

Acts 16:3 Paul would have him accompany him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those areas: for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Acts 16:4 As they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees to keep, that were appointed by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem.

Acts 16:5 So were the assemblies established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, but were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia,

Acts 16:7 after they had come to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit permitted them not.

Acts 16:8 And they passed by Mysia and came down to Troas.

Acts 16:9 Then a vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Macedonia, and pleaded with him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us!

Acts 16:10 So after he had seen the vision, immediately we tried to go into Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Acts 16:11 Therefore sailing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day to Neapolis;

Acts 16:12 and from there to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city staying several days.

Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was regularly made; and we sat down, and spoke to the women who met there.

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she understood the things which were spoken by Paul.

Acts 16:15 When she was immersed, and her household, she asked us, saying, if you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay there. And she persuaded us.

Acts 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much money by fortune-telling:

Acts 16:17 the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the Most High God, who show us the way of salvation.

Acts 16:18 For this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. So he came out the same hour.

Acts 16:19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their profit was gone, they took Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace to the rulers,

Acts 16:20 and brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

Acts 16:21 and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to follow, being Romans.

Acts 16:22 Then the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates tore off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

Acts 16:23 When they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safe:

Acts 16:24 who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

Acts 16:25 At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.

Acts 16:26 For suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains fell off.

Acts 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.

Acts 16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, do yourself no harm: for we are all here!

Acts 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

Acts 16:30 and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Acts 16:31 Then they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, and your house.

Acts 16:32 So they spoke to him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Acts 16:33 Then he brought them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was immersed, he and all his, immediately.

Acts 16:34 So when he had brought them into his house, he placed food before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Acts 16:35 When it was day, the magistrates sent the rod bearers, saying, let those men go.

Acts 16:36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: therefore now leave, and go in peace.

Acts 16:37 But Paul said to them, they have beaten us openly without a trial, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they throw us out secretly? No, truthfully; but let them come themselves and escort us out.

Acts 16:38 And the rod bearers told these words to the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.

Acts 16:39 So they came and sought them, and escorted them out, and wanted them to depart out of the city.

Acts 16:40 Then they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brothers, they comforted them, and left.