About midnight1 Paul and Silas2 were praying and singing hymns3 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.4 At once all the prison doors flew open,5 and everybody's chains came loose.627
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.728
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.830
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"931
They replied, "Believe10 in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved11--you and your household."1232
Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
At that hour of the night13 the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.1434
The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he15 was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family.