Acts 16

ABU(i) 1 AND he came down to Derbe and Lystra. And, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman, but whose father was a Greek; 2 who was well reported of by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him Paul wished to go forth with him, and took and circumcised him on account of the Jews who were in those places; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they journeyed through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, that were ordained by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 The churches, therefore, were established in the faith, and increased in number daily. 6 And having gone through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, and being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia, 7 they came to Mysia, and attempted to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them. 8 And passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man, a Macedonian, beseeching him, and saying: Come over into Macedonia and help us. 10 And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to publish the good news to them. 11 Therefore setting sail from Troas, we ran with a straight course to Samothrace, and on the following day to Neapolis; 12 and from thence to Philippi, which is a chief city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we continued in that city certain days. 13 And on the sabbath, we went forth out of the gate by a river side, where was wont to be a place of prayer; and we sat down, and spoke to the women who came together. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, was listening; whose heart the Lord opened to attend to the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she was immersed and her household, she besought us, saying: If ye have judged me to be a believer in the Lord, come into my house, and abide. And she constrained us. 16 And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain bondmaid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. 17 She, having followed Paul and us, cried, saying: These men are the servants of the most high God, who announce to us the way of salvation. 18 And this she did many days. But Paul, being indignant, turned and said to the spirit: I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out from her. And he came out the same hour. 19 And her masters, seeing that the hope of their gain departed, laid hold of Paul and Silas, and drew them into the market-place before the rulers. 20 And having brought them to the magistrates, they said: These men, being Jews, greatly disturb our city; 21 and teach customs, which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them with rods. 23 And having laid many stripes on them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely; 24 who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God; and the prisoners listened to them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and the chains of all were loosed. 27 And the jailer, awaking out of sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword, and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying: Do thyself no harm; for we are all here. 29 And calling for lights, he sprang in, and trembling fell down before Paul and Silas; 30 and having brought them out, he said: Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And taking them along, the same hour of the night, he washed their stripes; and was immersed, himself and all his, immediately. 34 And having brought them up into his house, he set food before them, and rejoiced, with all his house, believing in God. 35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying: Let those men go. 36 And the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul: The magistrates have sent to let you go; now therefore depart, and go in peace. 37 But Paul said to them: They beat us openly, uncondemned, being Romans, and cast us into prison; and now do they send us forth secretly? Nay verily; but let them come themselves and bring us out. 38 And the sergeants reported these words to the magistrates; and they were afraid, when they heard that they were Romans. 39 And they came and besought them, and bringing them out, entreated them to depart out of the city. 40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia; and seeing the brethren they exhorted them, and departed.