Acts 16 ©

1 Paul, being come to Derbe and Lystra, circumcises Timothy, and takes him with him in his journey. 4 And gives the churches, through which he travels, to keep the ordinances of the apostles. 6 Is hindered by the Holy Ghost from preaching the Gospel in Asia and Mysia. 9 And by a vision called into Macedonia. 13 Preaches outside Philippi, where Lydia, hearing him, believes in Christ, and is baptized with her household. 16 Drives a soothsaying spirit out of an handmaid. 19 For which he and Silas are accused unto the magistrates by the masters of the handmaid. 22 And scourged by the captains, and cast into prison. 25 Which is opened in the night by an earthquake. 27 The jailer, hereby being awaked, would have killed himself. 28 But by Paul’s address and instruction, he believes on Christ, is baptized with his (house) and shows them all kindness. 35 The captains command by their messengers that they shall be released. 37 But Paul appeals to his citizenship of Rome, and wills from them be brought forth by them. 39 Which afterwards is done, and from there they depart.


THEN came he to 1Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named 2Timotheus, the son of a certain 3woman, which was a Jewess, and 4believed; but his father was a 5Greek:


Whicha was well 6reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.


Him would Paul have 7to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him 8becauseb of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was 9a Greek.


And as they went through the cities, they delivered them 10the decrees for to keep, thatc were 11ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.


And so were the churches established in the 12faith, and increased in number daily.


Now when they had gone throughout 13Phrygia and the region of 14Galatia, and were 15forbidden 16of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in 17Asia,


After they were come to 18Mysia, they assayed to go into 19Bithynia: but 20the Spirit 21suffered them not.


And they passing by Mysia camed down to 22Troas.


And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into 23Macedonia, and 24help us.


And after he had seen the vision, immediately 25we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, 26assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.


Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to 27Samothracia, and the next day to 28Neapolis;


And from thence to 29Philippi, which is 30the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and 31a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.


And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where 32prayer was wonte to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the 33women which resorted thither.


¶And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, 34of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: 35whose heart the Lord opened, that she 36attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.


And when she was baptized, and her 37household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to 38the Lord, come into my house, and 39abide there. Andf she 40constrained us.


¶And it came to pass, as we went 41to prayer, a certain 42damsel possessed with 43a spiritg of divination met us, which brought her masters muchh gain by soothsaying:i


The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, 44These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto 45us the way of salvation.


And this did she many days. But Paul, 46being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come 47out of her. Andj he came out the same hour.


¶And when 48her masters saw that the hope of their gains 49was gone, they caughtk Paul and Silas, and drew them into 50the marketplace unto 51the rulers,


And brought them to 52the magistrates, saying, Thesel men, being 53Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,


And teach 54customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.


And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off 55their clothes, and commandedm56to beat them.


And when they had 57laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the 58jailor to keep them 59safely:


Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the 60stocks.


¶And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed,n and 61sang praises unto God: and 62the prisoners heard them.


And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison 63were shaken: ando immediately all the doors were 64opened, and every one's bands were loosed.


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 65killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.


But Paul cried with a 66loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.


Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,


And brought them 67out, and said, Sirs,p what must I do to be saved?


And they said, Believeq on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and 68thy house.


And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.


And he took them the same hour of the night, and 69washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.


And when he had brought them into his house, her set 70meat before them, and 71rejoiced, 72believing in God with all his house.


And when it was day, the magistrates sent 73the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.


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.


But Paul said 74unto them, They have beaten us openly 75uncondemned, 76being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? 77nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.


And the serjeantss told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they 78heard that they were 79Romans.


And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desiredtthem to depart 80out of the city.


And they went out of the prison, and entered into 81the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, 82they 83comforted them, and departed.