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Acts 16:19Acts 16:40

(3) The Imprisonment and the Release

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.