Acts 16 (Lexham English Bible)

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Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

1 And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there {named}a Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman but of a Greek father, 2 who was well spoken of by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted this one to go with him, and he took [him]b [and]c circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for [they] all knew that his father was Greek. 4 And as they went through the towns, they passed on to them to observe the rules that had been decided by the apostles and elders [who were] in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were growing in number every day.

Paul’s Vision of a Man of Macedonia

6 And they traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in Asia.d 7 And [when they]e came to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them. 8 So going through Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul during the night: a certain Macedonian man was standing there and imploring him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia [and]f help us!" 10 And when he had seen the vision, we wanted at once to go away to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

The Conversion of Lydia at Philippi

11 So putting out to sea from Troas, we sailed a straight course to Samothrace, and on the following [day] to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city [of that] district of Macedonia, a [Roman] colony. And we were staying in this city for some days. 13 And on the day of the Sabbath, we went outside the [city] gate beside the river, where we thought there was a place of prayer, and we sat down [and]g spoke to the women assembled [there]. 14 And a certain woman {named}h Lydia from the city of Thyatira, a merchant dealing in purple cloth who showed reverence for God, was listening. The Lord opened {her}i heart to pay attention to what was being said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household, she urged [us],j saying, "If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come to my house [and]k stay." And she prevailed upon us.

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

16 And it happened that [as]l we were going to the place of prayer, a certain female slave who had a spirit of divinationm met us, who was bringing a large profit to her owners [by]n fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us [and]o was crying out, saying, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation!" 18 And she was doing this for many days. But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed and turning around, said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out {immediately}.p 19 But [when]q her owners saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas [and]r dragged [them]s into the marketplace before the rulers. 20 And [when they]t had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, "These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews, 21 and are proclaiming customs that are not permitted for us to accept or to practice, [because we]u are Romans!" 22 And the crowd joined in attacking them, and the chief magistrates tore off their clothing [and]v gave orders to beat [them]w with rods. 23 And [after they]x had inflicted many blows on them, they threw [them]y into prison, giving orders to the jailer to guard them securely. 24 Having received such an order, {he}z put them in the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.aa

The Conversion of the Philippian Jailer

25 Now about midnight, Paul and Silas were praying [and]bb singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and all the bondscc were unfastened. 27 And [after]dd the jailer was awake and saw the doors of the prison open, he drew [his]ee sword [and]ff was about to kill himself, [because he]gg thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, "Do no harm to yourself, for we are all here!" 29 And demanding lights, he rushed in and, {beginning to tremble},hh fell down at the feet of Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them outside [and]ii said, "Sirs, what must I do so that I can be saved?" 31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household!" 32 And they spoke the message of the Lord to him, together with all those in his house. 33 And he took them at that [very] hour of the night [and]jj washed [their]kk wounds, and he himself was baptized at once, and all those of his [household].ll 34 And he brought them up into [his]mm house [and]nn set a meal before [them],oo and rejoiced greatly that he had believed in God with his whole household.

Paul and Silas Receive an Official Apology

35 And [when it]pp was day, the chief magistrates sent the police officers, saying, "Release those men." 36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul: "The chief magistrates have sent [an order]qq that you should be released. So come out now [and]rr go in peace!" 37 But Paul said to them, "They beat us in public without due process--men who are Roman citizens--[and]ss threw [us]tt into prison, and now they are wanting to release us secretly? Certainly not! Rather let them come themselves [and]uu bring us out!" 38 So the police officers reported these words to the chief magistrates, and they were afraid [when they]vv heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 And they came [and]ww apologized toxx them, and [after they]yy brought [them]zz out they asked [them]52 to depart from the city. 40 And [when they]53 came out of the prison, they went to Lydia and [when they]54 saw [them],55 they encouraged the brothers and departed.
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