16:1 Then he came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain
disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain woman
who was a Jewess, and believed, but his father [was] a Greek.
16:2 Who was well reported of by the brethren that were at
Lystra and Iconium.
16:3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and
circumcised him, because of the Jews who were in those
quarters: for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
16:4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them
the decrees to keep that were ordained by the apostles and
elders who were at Jerusalem.
16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and
increased in number daily.
16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia, and the region
of Galatia, and were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the
word in Asia;
16:7 After they had come to Mysia, they essayed to go into
Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
16:8 And they, passing by Mysia, came down to Troas.
16:9 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.
16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we
endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering, that the
Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
16:11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight
course to Samothracia, and the next [day] to Neapolis;
16:12 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.
16:13 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
spoke to the women who resorted [thither].
16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of
the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, heard [us]: whose
heart the Lord opened, that she attended to the things which
were spoken by Paul.
16:15 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.
16:16 And it came to pass as we went to prayer, a certain damsel
possessed with a spirit of divination, met us, who brought her
masters much gain by sooth-saying:
16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These
men are the servants of the most high God, who show to us the
way of salvation.
16:18 And this she did 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.
16:19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was
gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew [them] into the
market-place to the rulers,
16:20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men,
being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
16:21 And teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive,
neither to observe, being Romans.
16:22 And the multitude rose together against them: and the
magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat
16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast
[them] into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely.
16:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the
inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to
God: and the prisoners heard them.
16:26 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.
16:27 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 fled.
16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no
harm: for we are all here.
16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came
trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas;
16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be
16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved, and thy house.
16:32 And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, and to all
that were in his house.
16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed
[their] stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, without
16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set food
before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
16:35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants,
saying, Let those men go.
16:36 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.
16:37 But Paul said to them, They have beaten us openly
uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast [us] into prison; and
now do they thrust us out privately? no verily; but let them
come themselves and bring us out.
16:38 And the sergeants told these words to the magistrates: and
they feared when they heard that they were Romans.
16:39 And they came and besought them, and brought [them] out,
and desired [them] to depart out of the city.
16:40 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.