Paul having circumcised Timothy,
Acts 16:1 And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess which believed; but his father was a Greek. Acts 16:2 The same was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. Acts 16:3 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 they all knew that his father was a Greek. Acts 16:4 And as they went on their way through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, which had been ordained of the apostles and elders that were at Jerusalem. Acts 16:5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. Acts 16:6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden of the Holy Ghost to speak the word in Asia;
and being called by the Spirit from one country to another,
Acts 16:7 and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not; Acts 16:8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There was a man of Macedonia standing, beseeching him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. Acts 16:10 And when he had seen the vision, straightway we sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Acts 16:11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis; Acts 16:12 and from thence to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the first of the district, a [Roman] colony: and we were in this city tarrying certain days. Acts 16:13 And on the sabbath day we went forth without the gate by a river side, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which were come together.
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul. Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she constrained us.
casteth out a spirit of divination.
Acts 16:16 And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. Acts 16:17 The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High God, which proclaim unto you the way of salvation. Acts 16:18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, being sore troubled, turned and said to the spirit, I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very hour.
For which cause he and Silas are whipped and imprisoned.
Acts 16:19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they laid hold on Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers, Acts 16:20 and when they had brought them unto the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, Acts 16:21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans. Acts 16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent their garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods. Acts 16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Acts 16:24 who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Acts 16:25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
The prison doors are opened.
Acts 16:26 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. Acts 16:27 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. Acts 16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Acts 16:29 And he called for lights, and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down before Paul and Silas, Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
The jailer is converted,
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. Acts 16:32 And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his house. Acts 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. Acts 16:34 And he brought them up into his house, and set meat before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God. Acts 16:35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go. Acts 16:36 And the jailor reported the words to Paul, [saying], The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore come forth, and go in peace.
and they are delivered.
Acts 16:37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison; and do they now cast us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and bring us out. Acts 16:38 And the serjeants reported these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans; Acts 16:39 and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city. Acts 16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house of] Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.