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Lydia,

Lydia, [N] [E]

the first European convert of St. Paul, and afterward his hostess during his first stay at Philippi. ( Acts 16:14 Acts 16:15 ) also Acts 18:40 (A.D. 47.) She was a Jewish proselyte at the time of the apostles coming; and it was at the Jewish Sabbath-worship by the side of a stream ver 13, that the preaching of the gospel reached her heart. Her native place was Thyatira, in the province of Asia. ver. 14; ( Revelation 2:18 ) Thyatira was famous for its dyeing works; and Lydia wars connected with this trade, as a seller either of dye or of dyed goods. We infer that she was a person of considerable wealth.


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Lydia,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.