Acts 16:19-40 (New International Version)

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19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money1 was gone, they seized Paul and Silas2 and dragged3 them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar4 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans5 to accept or practice."6 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.7 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer8 was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.9 25 About midnight10 Paul and Silas11 were praying and singing hymns12 to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.13 At once all the prison doors flew open,14 and everybody's chains came loose.15 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.16 28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself ! We are all here!" 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.17 30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"18 31 They replied, "Believe19 in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved20--you and your household."21 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night22 the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.23 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he24 was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family. 35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men." 36 The jailer25 told Paul, "The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace."26 37 But Paul said to the officers: "They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens,27 and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out." 38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.28 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.29 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house,30 where they met with the brothers31 and encouraged them. Then they left.
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