by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans1 to accept or practice."222
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.323
After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer4 was commanded to guard them carefully.
Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.525
About midnight6 Paul and Silas7 were praying and singing hymns8 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.9 At once all the prison doors flew open,10 and everybody's chains came loose.1127
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.1228
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.1330
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"1431
They replied, "Believe15 in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved16--you and your household."17