Acts 16:7-17 NIV

7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus1 would not allow them to.

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8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.2

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9 During the night Paul had a vision3 of a man of Macedonia4 standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."

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10 After Paul had seen the vision, we5 got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel6 to them.

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Lydia's Conversion in Philippi

11 From Troas7 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,8 a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia.9 And we stayed there several days.

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      13 On the Sabbath10 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,11 who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart12 to respond to Paul's message.

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      15 When she and the members of her household13 were baptized,14 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,15 we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit16 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,17 who are telling you the way to be saved."

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