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1 Paul came first to Derbe, then Lystra. He found a disciple there by the name of Timothy, son of a devout Jewish mother and Greek father. 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 Friends in Lystra and Iconium all said what a fine young man he was. 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
3 Paul wanted to recruit him for their mission, but first took him aside and circumcised him so he wouldn't offend the Jews who lived in those parts. They all knew that his 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 traveled from town to town, they presented the simple guidelines the Jerusalem apostles and leaders had come up with. 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 That turned out to be most helpful. Day after day the congregations became stronger in faith and larger in size. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
6 They went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. 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 So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn't let them go there either. 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 Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9 That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, "Come over to 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 The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans. 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 Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied up at New City 11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
12 and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We lingered there several 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 Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. 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 One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart - and she believed! 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 After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, "If you're confident that I'm in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests." We hesitated, but she wouldn't take no for an answer. 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, on our way to the place of prayer, a slave girl ran into us. She was a psychic and, with her fortunetelling, made a lot of money for the people who owned her. 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 started following Paul around, calling everyone's attention to us by yelling out, "These men are working for the Most High God. They're laying out the road of salvation for you!" 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 did this for a number of days until Paul, finally fed up with her, turned and commanded the spirit that possessed her, "Out! In the name of Jesus Christ, get out of her!" And it was gone, just like that. 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 saw that their lucrative little business was suddenly bankrupt, they went after Paul and Silas, roughed them up and dragged them into the market square. Then the police arrested them 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 pulled them into a court with the accusation, "These men are disturbing the peace - dangerous Jewish agitators 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar
21 subverting our Roman law and order." 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."
22 By this time the crowd had turned into a restless mob out for blood. 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.
23 After beating them black and blue, they threw them into jail, telling the jailkeeper to put them under heavy guard so there would be no chance of escape. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
24 He did just that - threw them into the maximum security cell in the jail and clamped leg irons on them. 24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God. The other prisoners couldn't believe their ears. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Then, without warning, a huge earthquake! The jailhouse tottered, every door flew open, all the prisoners were 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 Startled from sleep, the jailer saw all the doors swinging loose on their hinges. Assuming that all the prisoners had escaped, he pulled out his sword and was about to do himself in, figuring he was as good as dead anyway, 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 when Paul stopped him: "Don't do that! We're all still here! Nobody's run away!" 28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself ! We are all here!"
29 The jailer got a torch and ran inside. Badly shaken, he collapsed in front of Paul and Silas. 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 He led them out of the jail and asked, "Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?" 30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
31 They said, "Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you'll live as you were meant to live - and everyone in your house included!" 31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."
32 They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master - the entire family got in on this part. 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
33 They never did get to bed that night. The jailer made them feel at home, dressed their wounds, and then - he couldn't wait till morning! - was baptized, he and everyone in his family. 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 There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration. 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 At daybreak, the court judges sent officers with the instructions, "Release these men." 35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men."
36 The jailer gave Paul the message, "The judges sent word that you're free to go on your way. Congratulations! 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 wouldn't budge. He told the officers, "They beat us up in public and threw us in jail, Roman citizens in good standing! And now they want to get us out of the way on the sly without anyone knowing? Nothing doing! If they want us out of here, let them come themselves and lead us out in broad daylight." 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 When the officers reported this, the judges panicked. They had no idea that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens. 38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.
39 They hurried over and apologized, personally escorted them from the jail, and then asked them if they wouldn't please leave the city. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.
40 Walking out of the jail, Paul and Silas went straight to Lydia's house, saw their friends again, encouraged them in the faith, and only then went on their way. 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.