Acts 16:3-13 NIV

3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.1

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4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders2 in Jerusalem3 for the people to obey.4

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5 So the churches were strengthened5 in the faith and grew daily in numbers.6

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Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia7 and Galatia,8 having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.9

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7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus10 would not allow them to.

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8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.11

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9 During the night Paul had a vision12 of a man of Macedonia13 standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

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10 After Paul had seen the vision, we14 got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel15 to them.

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Lydia's Conversion in Philippi

11 From Troas16 we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.

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      12 From there we traveled to Philippi,17 a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.18 And we stayed there several days.

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      13 On the Sabbath19 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.

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