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Acts 16:22-40 (New American Standard)

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Paul and Silas Imprisoned

22 The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their arobes off them and proceeded to order bthem to be 1beaten with rods. 23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding 2the jailer to guard them securely; 24 cand he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in 3the dstocks. 25 But about midnight 4Paul and Silas were praying and 5singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly 6there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately 7all the doors were opened and everyone's 8chains were unfastened. 27 When 9the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about 10to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!" 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before 11Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, 12what must I do to be saved?"

The Jailer Converted

31 They said, "13Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and 14your household." 32 And they spoke the word of ethe Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them 15that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set ffood before them, and rejoiced ggreatly, having believed in God with 16his whole household. 35 Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, "Release those men." 36 And 17the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The chief magistrates have sent to release you. Therefore come out now and go 18in peace." 37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us in public without trial, 19men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out." 38 The policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates. 20They were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, 39 and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them 21to leave the city. 40 They went out of the prison and entered the house of 22Lydia, and when they saw 23the brethren, they hencouraged them and departed.
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