The Conversion of Lydia 11
So, setting sail from Troas, we 1
made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis,
and from there to 2
Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and 3
a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days.
on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate 5
to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we 6
sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.
One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, 7
who was a worshiper of God. The Lord 8
opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.
And after she was baptized, 9
and her household as well, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." And she 10
prevailed upon us.
Paul and Silas in Prison 16
As we were going to 11
the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had 12
a spirit of 13
divination and 14
brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.
She followed Paul and us, 15
crying out, "These men are 16
servants of 17
the Most High God, who proclaim to you 18
the way of salvation."
And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, 19
"I command you 20
in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And 21
it came out that very hour.
when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and 23
dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.
And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city.
advocate customs that are not lawful for us 25
as Romans to accept or practice."
The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders 26
to beat them with rods.
And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely.
Having received this order, he put them into the inner 27
prison and fastened their feet in 28
The Philippian Jailer Converted 25 29
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,
and suddenly 30
there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately 31
all the doors were opened, and 32
everyone's bonds were unfastened.
When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and 33
was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here."
And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he 34
fell down before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, 35
what must I do to be 36
And they said, 37
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you 38
and your household."
And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
And he took them 39
the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he 40
was baptized at once, he and all his family.
Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he 41
rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, "Let those men go."
And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace."
But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, 42
uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out."
The police reported these words to the magistrates, and 43
they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens.
So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and 44
asked them to leave the city.
So they went out of the prison and visited 45
Lydia. And when they had seen 46
the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.