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1 Paul and Silas went first to Derbe and then on to Lystra. There they met Timothy, a young disciple whose mother was a Jewish believer, but whose 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 Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
3 so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone 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 Then they went from town to town, explaining the decision regarding the commandments that were to be obeyed, as decided by the apostles and elders in 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 their faith and grew daily in numbers. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
6 Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had told them not to go into the province of Asia at that time. 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 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not let them go. 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 instead, they went on through Mysia to the city of Troas. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
9 That night Paul had a vision. He saw a man from Macedonia in northern Greece, pleading with him, "Come over here 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 So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, for we could only conclude that God was calling us to preach the Good News there. 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 We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis. 11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
12 From there we reached Philippi, a major city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony; we stayed 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 went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we supposed that some people met for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had 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 One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. 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 She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. "If you agree that I am faithful to the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my home." And she urged us until 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 as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters. 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 followed along behind us shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to 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 This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and spoke to the demon within her. "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her," he said. And instantly it 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 Her masters' hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. 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 "The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!" they shouted. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar
21 "They are teaching the people to do things that are against Roman customs." 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."
22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.
23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn't escape. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
24 So he took no chances but put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. 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 to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly, there was a great earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 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 to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword 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 to him, "Don't do it! We are all here!" 28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself ! We are all here!"
29 Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 He brought them out and asked, "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 They replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with your entire household." 31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."
32 Then they shared the word of the Lord with him and all who lived in his household. 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
33 That same hour the jailer washed their wounds, and he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 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 Then he brought them into his house and set a meal before them. He and his entire household rejoiced because they all 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 The next morning the city officials sent the police to tell the jailer, "Let those men go!" 35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: "Release those men."
36 So the jailer told Paul, "You and Silas are free to leave. 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 replied, "They have publicly beaten us without trial and jailed us -- and we are Roman citizens. So now they want us to leave secretly? Certainly not! Let them come themselves to release us!" 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 police made their report, the city officials were alarmed to learn 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 came to the jail and apologized to them. Then they brought them out and begged them to leave the city. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.
40 Paul and Silas then returned to the home of Lydia, where they met with the believers and encouraged them once more before leaving town. 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.