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1 And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess that believed; but his father was a Greek. 1 He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek.
2 The same was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews that were in those parts: for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
4 And as they went on their way through the cities, they delivered them the decrees to keep which had been ordained of the apostles and elders that were at Jerusalem. 4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey.
5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden of the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
7 and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not; 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: There was a man of Macedonia standing, beseeching him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
10 And when he had seen the vision, straightway we sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis; 11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
12 and from thence to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the first of the district, a [Roman] colony: and we were in this city tarrying certain days. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.
13 And on the sabbath day we went forth without the gate by a river side, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down, and spake unto the women that were come together. 13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.
14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul. 14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she constrained us. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.
16 And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
17 The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim unto you the way of salvation. 17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved."
18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, being sore troubled, turned and said to the spirit, I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very hour. 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her.
19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they laid hold on Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers, 19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.
20 and when they had brought them unto the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar
21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans. 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent their garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods. 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
24 who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison-house were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.
27 And the jailor, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 27 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.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself ! We are all here!"
29 And he called for lights and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down before Paul and Silas, 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. 31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."
32 And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his house. 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
34 And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family.
35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go. 35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men."
36 And the jailor reported the words to Paul, [saying], The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore come forth, and go in peace. 36 The jailer told Paul, "The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace."
37 But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison; and do they now cast us out privily? Nay verily; but let them come themselves and bring us out. 37 But Paul said to the officers: "They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, 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."
38 And the sergeants reported these words unto the magistrates: and they feared when they heard that they were Romans; 38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.
39 and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.
40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house] of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed. 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left.