Acts 16:14-24 NIV

14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira,1 who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart2 to respond to Paul's message.

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15 When she and the members of her household3 were baptized,4 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.

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Paul and Silas in Prison

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer,5 we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit6 by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.

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17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God,7 who are telling you the way to be saved."

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18 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.8

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19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money9 was gone, they seized Paul and Silas10 and dragged11 them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

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20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar12

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21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans13 to accept or practice."14

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      22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.15

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      23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer16 was commanded to guard them carefully.

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          24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.17

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