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1 Paul arrived in the city of Derbe and then went to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived. Timothy's mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was 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 believers in Lystra and Iconium spoke well of Timothy. 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
3 Paul wanted Timothy to go with him. So he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in those places and because he knew that Timothy's father was 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 As they went through the cities, they told people about the decisions that the apostles and spiritual leaders in Jerusalem had made for the people. 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 grew in numbers every day. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
6 Paul and Silas went through the regions of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit kept them from speaking the word in the province of 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 They went to the province of Mysia and tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn't allow this. 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 So they passed by Mysia and went to the city of Troas. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia. The man urged Paul, "Come to Macedonia to 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 As soon as Paul had seen the vision, we immediately looked for a way to go to Macedonia. We concluded that God had called us to tell the people of Macedonia about the Good News. 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 So we took a ship from Troas and sailed straight to the island of Samothrace. The next day we sailed to the city of Neapolis, 11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
12 and from there we went to the city of Philippi. Philippi is a leading city in that part of Macedonia, and it is a Roman colony. We were in this city for a number of 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 On the day of worship we went out of the city to a place along the river where we thought Jewish people gathered for prayer. We sat down and began talking to the women who had gathered there. 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 A woman named Lydia was present. She was a convert to Judaism from the city of Thyatira and sold purple dye for a living. She was listening because the Lord made her willing to pay attention to what Paul said. 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 When Lydia and her family were baptized, she invited us to stay at her home. She said, "If you're convinced that I believe in the Lord, then stay at my home." She insisted. So we did. 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 One day when we were going to the place of prayer, a female servant met us. She was possessed by an evil spirit that told fortunes. She made a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes. 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 She used to follow Paul and shout, "These men are servants of the Most High God. They're telling you how you can be saved." 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 She kept doing this for many days. Paul became annoyed, turned to the evil spirit, and said, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" As Paul said this, the evil spirit left her. 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 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them to the authorities in the public square. 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 In front of the Roman officials, they said, "These men are stirring up a lot of trouble in our city. They're Jews, 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar
21 and they're advocating customs that we can't accept or practice as Roman citizens." 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and ordered [the guards] to beat them with sticks. 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.
23 After they had hit Paul and Silas many times, they threw them in jail and ordered the jailer to keep them under tight security. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
24 So the jailer followed these orders and put Paul and Silas into solitary confinement with their feet in leg irons. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God. The other 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 Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the foundations of the jail. All the doors immediately flew open, and all the prisoners' chains came loose. 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 The jailer woke up and saw the prison doors open. Thinking the prisoners had escaped, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 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 shouted as loudly as he could, "Don't hurt yourself! We're all here!" 28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself ! We are all here!"
29 The jailer asked for torches and rushed into the jail. He was trembling as he knelt in front of Paul and Silas. 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 Then he took Paul and Silas outside and asked, "Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved?" 30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
31 They answered, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved." 31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."
32 They spoke the Lord's word to the jailer and everyone in his home. 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
33 At that hour of the night, the jailer washed Paul and Silas' wounds. The jailer and his entire family were baptized 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 He took Paul and Silas upstairs into his home and gave them something to eat. He and his family were thrilled to be believers 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 In the morning the Roman officials sent guards who told the jailer, "You can release those men now." 35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men."
36 The jailer reported this order to Paul by saying, "The officials have sent word to release you. So you can leave peacefully now." 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 told the guards, "Roman officials have had us beaten publicly without a trial and have thrown us in jail, even though we're Roman citizens. Now are they going to throw us out secretly? There's no way they're going to get away with that! Have them escort 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 The guards reported to the officials what Paul had said. When the Roman officials heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were afraid. 38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.
39 So the officials went to the jail and apologized to Paul and Silas. As the officials escorted Paul and Silas out of the jail, they asked them to leave the city. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.
40 After Paul and Silas left the jail, they went to Lydia's house. They met with the believers, encouraged them, and then left. 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.