Acts 16

1Paul having circumcised Timothy, and taken him for his companion, passeth through various countries, 9and is directed by a vision to go into Macedonia. 14He converteth Lydia, 16and casteth out a spirit of divination. 19He and Silas are whipped and imprisoned: 25the prison doors are thrown open by an earthquake at midnight; the jailor, prevented by Paul from killing himself, is converted: 35they are released by the magistrates.

1 Then came he to 1Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, 2named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

2 Which was 1well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.

3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and 1circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

4 And as they went through the cities, 1they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

5 1And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of 1Galatia, and were forbidden 2of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in 3Asia,

7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

8 And they passing by Mysia came down to 1Troas.

9 And 1a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, 2Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

10 And after he had seen the vision, 1immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

12 And from thence to 1Philippi, which is athe chief city of that part of Macedonia, and 2a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

13 And on the asabbath we went out of the city by a river side, 1where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and 2spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14 ¶ And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of 1Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: 2whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

15 And when 1she was baptized, 2and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me 3to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she 4constrained us.

16 ¶ And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel 1possessed with a spirit aof divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, 1These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the 2way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, 1being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 ¶ And when her masters saw that 1the hope of their gains was gone, 2they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the amarketplace unto the rulers,

20 1And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, 1being Romans.

22 1And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 1And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the 1stocks.

251And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 1And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, 1he 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, 1Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came 1trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out, and said, 1Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, 1Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 1And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and 1was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34 And when he had brought them into his house, he 1set meat before them, and 2rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

35 And 1when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.

36 And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and 1go in peace.

37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, 1being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; 2but let them come themselves and fetch us out.

38 And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they 1feared, when they heard that they were Romans.

39 1And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

40 And they went out of the prison, 1and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.