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:
16:2 Which 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 which
were in those quarters: for they knew all that his
father was a Greek.
16:4 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
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 of the
Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed 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 endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly
gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach
the gospel unto them.
16:11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a
straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to
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 spake unto the women which resorted
16:14 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.
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, which brought her masters much gain by
16:17 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.
16:18 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.
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 marketplace unto the rulers,
16:20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying,
These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our
16:21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us
to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
16:22 And the multitude rose up together against
them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes,
and commanded to beat them.
16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them,
they cast them into prison, charging the jailor 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 unto 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 been 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 saved?
16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
16:32 And they spake unto 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, straightway.
16:34 And when he had brought them into his house,
he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in
God with all his house.
16:35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the
serjeants, 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 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
16:38 And the serjeants told these words unto 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
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.
The Book of Acts, Verses of Chapter 16