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1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold , a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and 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 Which 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 took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all 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 through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep , that were ordained of the apostles and elders which 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 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily . 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach 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 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit 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 they passing by Mysia 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 stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him , 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 after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto 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 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day 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 the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding 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 we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made ; and we sat down , and spake unto the women which resorted thither. 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, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened , that she attended unto the things which were spoken of 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 went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which 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 followed Paul and us, and cried , saying , These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us 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 did she many days. But Paul, being grieved , turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same 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 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone , they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto 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 brought them to the magistrates, saying , 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 teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive , neither 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 off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 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, thrust 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 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed , and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard 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 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 keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open , he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled . 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 Then he called for a light, and sprang in , and came trembling, and 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 Christ, and thou shalt be saved , and thy house. 31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to 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, straightway. 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 when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them , and rejoiced , believing in God with all his house. 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 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, 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 keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul , The magistrates have sent to let you go : now therefore depart , 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 openly uncondemned, being Romans , and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch 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 serjeants told 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 brought them out , and desired them to depart out of 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.