Acts 16

MLV(i) 1 Now he arrived in Derbe and Lystra, and behold, a certain disciple was there, Timothy by name, the son of a certain believing Jewess and a Greek father. 2 He was being testified of by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium. 3 This one, Paul wished to go forth together with him, and he took Timothy and circumcised him because of the Jews who are in those places; for they all knew that his father was Greek. 4 Now as they were traveling through the cities, they were giving them the decrees, to observe what had been decided by the apostles and the elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 Therefore indeed, the congregations were being strengthened in the faith, and were abounding in number every day.
6 Now they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; 7 and when they came down to Mysia, they were attempting to travel to Bithyna, and the Spirit did not permit them; 8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision was seen by Paul in the night. There was a certain man, a Macedonian, standing, pleading with him and saying, When you have crossed over into Macedonia, help us! 10 Now as he saw the vision, we immediately sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that the Lord has called us to proclaim the good-news to them.

11 Therefore setting-sail from Troas, we made a straight route to Samothrace, and the next day to Neapolis; 12 and from there to Philippi, which is the first city of that part of Macedonia, a Roman colony. Now we were staying in the city for some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day, we went forth outside the city beside a river, where we supposed it to be a place of prayer, and having sat down and we were speaking to the women who had come together. 14 And a certain woman, Lydia by name, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira was hearing us and worshiping God, whose heart the Lord opened to take-heed to the things being spoken from Paul. 15 Now as she and her household were immersed, she pleaded with us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, abide here, having entered into my house. And she constrained us.

16 Now it happened, while traveling to the place of prayer, that a certain maidservant encountered us, having a spirit of divination, who was providing her lords much business by fortune-telling. 17 This maidservant was crying out, having followed after Paul and us, saying, These men are bondservants of the Highest God, who are proclaiming to us the way of salvation. 18 Now she was doing this for many days. But Paul, also being pained, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come forth away from her. And it came out in the same hour.
19 But when her lords saw that the hope of their business was gone, grabbing Paul and Silas, they dragged them into the marketplace in front of the rulers. 20 Having led them to the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, are disturbing our city, 21 and are proclaiming customs which it is not legal for us to accept, or to do, being Romans. 22 And the crowd stood up together against them, and the magistrates, having ripped off their garments, were commanding the sergeants to lash them with rods. 23 And having laid many lashes on them, they cast them into prison, after having commanded the jailor to securely guard them. 24 Having received such a command, he cast them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the wood stocks.

25 But toward midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were their audience; 26 and suddenly there became a great earthquake, so-that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and instantly all the doors were opened and everyone’s bonds were lax. 27 But the jailor, came out of sleep and saw the doors of the prison had been open, drew his sword and was about to assassinate himself, supposing the prisoners to have fled. 28 But Paul shouted with a loud voice, saying, Do nothing evil to yourself; for we are all here.
29 Now when he asked for lights, he dashed in and came in trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and having led them out, he said, Lords, what is essential for me to do in order that I might be saved?
31 Now they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your house. 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him, to all who were in his house. 33 And having taken them in that same hour of the night, he fully-washed their lashes, and he and all his household were instantly immersed*. \ulnone\nosupersub 34 And he led them up into his house and placed a table before them, and was glad with all his household, all having believed in God.
35 But when it became day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Release those men.
36 Now the jailor reported these words to Paul, saying, The magistrates have sent me in order that you should be released. Therefore when you come out now, travel in peace.
37 But Paul said to them, They have whipped us in public, uncondemned men who are Romans, and have cast us into prison, and are they now casting us out secretly? No, but when they come, let them lead us outside.
38 Now the sergeants reported these words to the magistrates and they feared, having heard that they were Romans. 39 And when they came, they pleaded with them, and having led them outside, they asked them to go out away from the city.
40 Now when they came out of the prison and they entered into the house of Lydia, and having seen the brethren, they encouraged them and went out.