Acts 16:4-14 NIV

4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders1 in Jerusalem2 for the people to obey.3

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5 So the churches were strengthened4 in the faith and grew daily in numbers.5

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Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia6 and Galatia,7 having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.8

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7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus9 would not allow them to.

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8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.10

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9 During the night Paul had a vision11 of a man of Macedonia12 standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

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10 After Paul had seen the vision, we13 got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel14 to them.

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Lydia's Conversion in Philippi

11 From Troas15 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,16 a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.17 And we stayed there several days.

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      13 On the Sabbath18 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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      14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira,19 who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart20 to respond to Paul's message.

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