Acts 16

Whiston(i) 1 But when he had passed over these nations he came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a woman who was a Jewess, and believed; but his father a Greek: 2 Who was attested to by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him, because of the Jews who were in those places: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they preached and delivered to them the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness; and withal delivered the commands of the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. 5 And so were the churches established, and increased in number daily. 6 And they passed through Phrygia, and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to speak the word of God to any in Asia. 7 But when they were in Mysia, they desired to go to Bithynia: but the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not. 8 And they passing through Mysia came to Troas. 9 [And] one like a man of Macedonia appeared to Paul in a vision in the night, standing over against him, and prayed, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 When therefore he was risen he declared to us the vision, and we understood that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel unto those that were in Macedonia. 11 Now on the morrow, loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the head of Macedonia, a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. 13 But on the sabbath-day we went out of the gate by the river, where there appeared to be an house of prayer: and we sat down and spake unto the women who came along with us. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken by Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and all her houshold, she besought [us], saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to God, come into my house and abide [there.] And she constrained us. 16 And it came to pass, as we went to the house of prayer, a certain damsel, possessed with a spirit of divination, met us, which brought her masters much gain by thus soothsaying: 17 She followed Paul, and us,and cried, saying, These are the servants of the most high God, who preach unto you the way of salvation. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul turned to the spirit, and being grieved said, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out immediately. 19 But when the masters of the servant woman saw that they were deprived of the gains which they had by her, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew [them] into the court, unto the rulers, 20 And brought them to the Captains, saying, These men being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 And teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to do, being Romans. 22 And a great multitude rose up together against them, crying out. Then the captains rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat [them.] 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast [them] into prison, charging the jaylor to have them kept safely. 24 Who receiving such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at the middle of the night Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: But immediately all the doors opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his deep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thy self no harm; for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and leaped in, and trembling, fell down at the feet of Paul and Silas; 30 And brought them out, and securing the rest, 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 spake unto him the word of the Lord, with all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed [their] stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had moreover brought them into his house, and set meat before them, he rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. 35 And when it was day, the captains came together into the court, [and] remembring the earthquake that had happened, they were afraid, and they sent the sergeants, who said, Let those men go, whom thou receivedst yesterday. 36 And the keeper of the prison came in and told these words to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go. 37 But Paul said unto them. They have beaten us openly, who are guiltless, and uncondemned, and are Romans, and they have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. 38 And the sergeants told these words unto the captains: But when they heard that they were Romans, they were afraid. 39 And when they were come with many of their friends to the prison, they besought them to go out, saying, We were unacquainted with your affairs, that you are just men. And leading them out, they besought them, saying, Depart from this city, lest they again make an insurrection upon you, and grow bitter against you. 40 But they went out of the prison, and came to Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they declared to them how many things the Lord had done to them: and when they had exhorted them, they went out.