Matthew Bible

Acts 16

Paul having circumcised Timothy,

Acts 16:1 Then came he to Derba and to Lystra. And beholde a certayne disciple was there named Timotheus, a womans sonne whiche was a Ieweas and beleued: but hys father was a Greke. Acts 16:2 Of whom reported well, the brethren of Lystra and Iconium. Acts 16:3 The same Paule woulde that he shoulde go forthe with hym, and toke and circumcysed him, because of the Iewes whiche were in those quarters: for they knewe all, that hys father was a Greke. Acts 16:4 As they went through the cities, they delyuered them the decrees for to kepe, ordeyned of the Apostles and elders, whiche were at Ierusalem. Acts 16:5 And so were the congregacions stablysheth in the fayth, and encreased in noumbre daylye. Acts 16:6 When they had gone through oute Phrygia, and the regyon of Galacia, and were forbidden of the holy ghost to preache the worde in Asia

and being called by the Spirit from one country to another,

Acts 16:7 they came to Misia, and sought to go into Bethinia. But the spirite suffered them not. Acts 16:8 Then they went ouer Misia, and came doune to Troada. Acts 16:9 And a visyon appeared to Paule in the nyght. There stode a man of Macedonia, and prayed hym, saiynge: come into Macedonia, and helpe vs. Acts 16:10 After he had sene the vysyon, certifyed that the Lorde had called vs for to preache the Gospell vnto them. Acts 16:11 Then loused we forth from Troada, and with a strayght course came to Samothracia, and the nexte daye to Neapolym, Acts 16:12 and from thence to Phylyppos, which is the chiefe citie in the partes of Macedonia, and a fre citie. We were in that citie abydynge certayne dayes. Acts 16:13 And on the Saboth dayes we wente out of the citie besydes a ryuer, where men were wonte to praye. And we sate doune, and spake vnto the women which resorted thyther.

converteth Lydia,

Acts 16:14 And a certayne woman named Lydia a seller of purple of the citie of Thiatyra, which worshypped God, gaue vs audience. Whose hart the Lorde opened, that she attended vnto the thynges whiche Paul spake. Acts 16:15 When she was baptysed and her housholde, she besoughte vs saiyng: Yf ye thynke that I beleue on þe Lord come into my house, and abyde there. And she constrayned vs.

casteth out a spirit of divination.

Acts 16:16 And it fortuned as we went to prayer, a certayne damsell possessed with a spirite that prophesyeth, met vs, which brought her mayster and maysters muche vauntage with prophesiynge. Acts 16:17 The same folowed Paul and vs, & cryed, saiynge: These men are the seruauntes of the moste hye God, which shew vnto vs þt waye of saluacyon. Acts 16:18 And thys dyd she manye dayes. But Paule not content turned aboute, and sayed to the spirite: I commaunde the in the name of Iesu Christe, that thou come oute of her. And he came out the same houre.

For which cause he and Silas are whipped and imprisoned.

Acts 16:19 And when her maister and maysters saw, that the hope of theyr gaynes was gone, they caughte Paule and Sylas, and drue them into the market place vnto the rulars, Acts 16:20 & brought them to the offycers saiynges: These men trouble oure citie, whiche are Iewes, Acts 16:21 and preache ordinaunces whiche are not laufull for vs to receyue, neyther to obserue, seynge we are Romayns. Acts 16:22 And the people came on them, and the offycers rent theyr clothes, and commaunded them to be beaten with roddes. Acts 16:23 And when thei had beaten them sore, they caste them into pryson, commaundynge the iayler to kepe them surelye. Acts 16:24 Which iaylar when he had receyued such commaundemente thruste them into the ynner pryson, and made theyr fete fast in the stockes.

Acts 16:25 At mydnyght Paule and Sylas prayed, & lauded God. And the prysoners hearde them.

The prison doors are opened.

Acts 16:26 And sodenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundacion of the pryson was shaken, and by and by all the dores opened, and euery mannes bondes were loused. Acts 16:27 When þe keper of the pryson waked oute of hys slepe, and sawe the pryson dores open, he drue oute hys swearde, and woulde haue kylled hym selfe, supposynge the prysoners had bene fled. Acts 16:28 But Paule cryed with a lowde voyce, saiyng: do thy selfe no harme, for we are all here. Acts 16:29 Then he called for a lyght, and sprang in, and came tremblyng, and fell doune before Paule and Sylas, Acts 16:30 and brought them out and sayde: Syr what muste I do to be saued?

The jailer is converted,

Acts 16:31 And they sayd: beleue on þe Lord Iesus & þu shalt be saued & thy housholde. Acts 16:32 And they preached vnto him the worde of the Lorde, & to all þt were in hys house. Acts 16:33 And he toke them the same houre of the nyght, and washed theyr woundes, and was baptysed with all that belonged vnto him strayght waye. Acts 16:34 When he had broughte them into hys house: he set meate before them, and ioyed that he with all hys housholde beleued on God. Acts 16:35 And when it was daye, the offycers sente the ministers sayinge: Let those men go. Acts 16:36 The keper of the pryson tolde this saiyng to Paul: the officers haue sent word to loose you. Now therfore get you hence, and go in peace.

and they are delivered.

Acts 16:37 Then sayde Paule vnto them. They haue beaten vs openly vncondempned, for all that we are Romaynes, and haue caste vs into pryson: & now woulde they sende vs awaye priuely? Naye not so, but let them come them selues, and set vs out. Acts 16:38 When the ministers tolde these wordes vnto the offycers, they feared when they hearde that they were Romaynes, Acts 16:39 and came and besought them, and brought them oute, & desyered them to departe out of the cytie. Acts 16:40 And they went oute of the pryson, and entred into the housse, of Lydya, and when they had sene the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

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