The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.123
After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer2 was commanded to guard them carefully.
Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.325
About midnight4 Paul and Silas5 were praying and singing hymns6 to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.7 At once all the prison doors flew open,8 and everybody's chains came loose.927
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.1028
But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself ! We are all here!"
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.1130
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"1231
They replied, "Believe13 in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved14--you and your household."1532
Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
At that hour of the night16 the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.1734
The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he18 was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family.