They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar121
by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans2 to accept or practice."322
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.423
After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer5 was commanded to guard them carefully.
Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.625
About midnight7 Paul and Silas8 were praying and singing hymns9 to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.10 At once all the prison doors flew open,11 and everybody's chains came loose.1227
The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.1328
But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself ! We are all here!"
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.1430
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"15