Acts 16:5-15 NIV

5 So the churches were strengthened1 in the faith and grew daily in numbers.2

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Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia3 and Galatia,4 having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.5

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7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus6 would not allow them to.

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8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.7

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9 During the night Paul had a vision8 of a man of Macedonia9 standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

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10 After Paul had seen the vision, we10 got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel11 to them.

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Lydia's Conversion in Philippi

11 From Troas12 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,13 a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.14 And we stayed there several days.

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      13 On the Sabbath15 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,16 who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart17 to respond to Paul's message.

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      15 When she and the members of her household18 were baptized,19 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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