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THE ACTS
OF THE APOSTLES

CHAPTER 16

b. To Derbe and Lystra
16:1-5


1 And he came also to aDerbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple named bTimothy was there, the son of a cJewish woman who was a believer, but of a Greek father;

2 He was well attested to by the abrothers in bLystra and cIconium.

3 Paul wanted this one to go forth with him; and he took him and 1acircumcised him 2because of the bJews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the adecrees to keep which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem.

5 And so the 1achurches were strengthened in the bfaith and cincreased in number ddaily.


c. To Philippi of Macedonia
16:6-40

(1) The Vision of a Macedonian
vv.6-10


6 And they passed through the region of aPhrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden 1by the Holy bSpirit to speak the word in Asia.

7 And when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the 1aSpirit of Jesus did 2not allow them.

8 And bypassing Mysia, they came down to aTroas.

9 And a 1avision appeared to Paul during the night: A certain man, a Macedonian, was standing and entreating him and saying, Come over into 2bMacedonia and help us.

10 And when he had seen the vision, 1we immediately 2endeavored to go forth into Macedonia, 3concluding that God had called us to announce the gospel to them.


(2) The Preaching and Its Fruits
vv.11-18


11 And putting out to sea from 1Troas, we ran a straight course to 2Samothrace, and on the following day to 3Neapolis,

12 And from there to aPhilippi, which is the leading city of that part of Macedonia, a Roman 1colony; and we spent some days in this city.

13 And on the 1aSabbath day we went outside the gate by the briver, where we supposed there would be a place of 2prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.

14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple-dyed goods from the city of aThyatira who bworshipped God, was listening, whose heart the 1Lord copened to give heed to the things being spoken by Paul.

15 And when she was 1baptized, as well as her ahousehold, she entreated us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, 2come into my 3house and abide. And she constrained us.

16 And as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain slave girl having a 1aspirit of 2Python met us, who brought her masters much profit by 3bdivining.

17 This woman followed after Paul and us and acried out, saying, These men are bslaves of the cMost High God, who announce to you a way of salvation.

18 And she did this for many days. But Paul was greatly disturbed; and turning, he said to the spirit, I charge you in the aname of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it bcame out that very hour.


(3) The Imprisonment and the Release
vv.19-40

19 But when her masters saw that their hope of aprofit had gone out, they laid hold of Paul and bSilas and cdragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.

20 And when they had brought them to the 1amagistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, are bthrowing our city into confusion,

21 And they are announcing acustoms which are not lawful for us, being bRomans, to accept or do.

22 And the crowd rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore off their garments and ordered some to abeat them with rods.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they threw them into aprison, charging the jailer to keep them securely,

24 Who, having received such a charge, threw them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the 1astocks.

25 And about amidnight Paul and Silas, while praying, sang hymns of praise to 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 ashaken. And instantly all the doors were bopened and everyone's cbonds were unfastened.

27 And the jailer, waking up out of his sleep and seeing the doors of the prison opened, drew his sword and was about to ado away with himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

28 But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, Do no harm to yourself, for we are all here.

29 And the jailer asked for lights and rushed in; and trembling, he afell down before Paul and Silas.

30 And leading them outside, he said, Sirs, awhat must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, aBelieve on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be bsaved, you and your 1household.

32 And they spoke the word of God to him together with all those in his house.

33 And he took them with him in that very hour of the night and washed their wounds. And he was 1abaptized immediately, he and all his household.

34 And he brought them 1up 2into his house and aset a table before them; and he bexulted because he had believed in God with all his household.

35 Now when day came, the magistrates sent the 1lictors, saying, Release those men.

36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent that you may be released. Now therefore come out and go in peace.

37 But Paul said to them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are aRomans, and have thrown us into prison; and now secretly they are thrusting us out? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out.

38 And the lictors reported these words to the magistrates. And they became afrightened when they heard that they were Romans.

39 And they came and entreated them. And when they had brought them out, they asked them to adepart from the city.

40 And they went out from the prison and entered the ahouse of Lydia; and when they saw the bbrothers, they exhorted them and went forth.