After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer1 was commanded to guard them carefully.
Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.225
About midnight3 Paul and Silas4 were praying and singing hymns5 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.6 At once all the prison doors flew open,7 and everybody's chains came loose.827
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.928
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.1030
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"1131
They replied, "Believe12 in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved13--you and your household."1432
Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
At that hour of the night15 the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.1634
The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he17 was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family.
When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men."
The jailer18 told Paul, "The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace."1937
But Paul said to the officers: "They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens,20 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."
The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.2139
They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.2240
After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house,23 where they met with the brothers24 and encouraged them. Then they left.