Acts 16:16-24

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave 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 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 this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed 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 seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.
20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar
21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.
23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Cross References 13

  • 1. ver 13
  • 2. Deuteronomy 18:11; 1 Samuel 28:3,7
  • 3. S Mark 5:7
  • 4. S Mark 16:17
  • 5. ver 16; Acts 19:25,26
  • 6. S Acts 15:22
  • 7. Acts 8:3; Acts 17:6; Acts 21:30; James 2:6
  • 8. Acts 17:6
  • 9. ver 12
  • 10. Esther 3:8
  • 11. 2 Corinthians 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:2
  • 12. ver 27,36
  • 13. Job 13:27; Job 33:11; Jeremiah 20:2,3; Jeremiah 29:26
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