During the night Paul had a vision1 of a man of Macedonia2 standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
After Paul had seen the vision, we3 got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel4 to them.
From Troas5 we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
From there we traveled to Philippi,6 a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.7 And we stayed there several days.
On the Sabbath8 we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.
One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira,9 who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart10 to respond to Paul's message.
When she and the members of her household11 were baptized,12 she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.
Once when we were going to the place of prayer,13 we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit14 by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God,15 who are telling you the way to be saved."
She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her.1619
When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money17 was gone, they seized Paul and Silas18 and dragged19 them into the marketplace to face the authorities.