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Acts 16 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

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Now Paul also arrived at Derbe and at Lystra. And behold, a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:2 - and he was well spoken of by the brothers who were in Lystra and Iconium.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:3 - Paul wanted this man to [fn]go with him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:4 - Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to keep.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:5 - So the churches were being strengthened [fn]in the faith, and were abounding in number daily.

The Macedonian Vision

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And they passed through the [fn]Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in [fn]Asia;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:7 - and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:8 - and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:9 - And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:10 - And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to [fn]go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the gospel to them.

Lydia’s Conversion in Philippi

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So setting sail from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:12 - and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:13 - And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and sitting down, we began speaking to the women who had assembled.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:14 - And a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening, whose heart the Lord opened to pay attention to the things spoken by Paul.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:15 - And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

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Now it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a servant-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:17 - Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you [fn]the way of salvation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:18 - And she continued doing this for many days. But being greatly annoyed, Paul turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to leave her!” And it left at that very [fn]moment.
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But when her masters saw that their hope of profit had left, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:20 - and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:21 - and are proclaiming customs that are not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:22 - And the crowd joined together to attack them, and the chief magistrates, tearing their garments off of them, proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:23 - And when they had inflicted them with many wounds, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:24 - who, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the [fn]stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Converted

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But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:26 - And suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the jailhouse were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:27 - And when the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:28 - But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:29 - And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:30 - and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:31 - And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your house.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:32 - And they spoke the word of [fn]the Lord to him together with all who were in his household.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:33 - And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:34 - And he brought them into his house and set [fn]food before them, and rejoiced [fn]greatly with his whole household, because he had believed in God.
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Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, “Release those men.”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:36 - And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The chief magistrates have sent to release you. Therefore come out now and go in peace.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:37 - But Paul said to them, “Having beaten us in public without trial, men who are Romans, they have thrown us into prison. And now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:38 - And the policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates. They were afraid when they heard that they were Romans,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:39 - and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept requesting them to leave the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 16:40 - And they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brothers, they [fn]encouraged them and left.
LSB Footnotes
Lit go out
Or in faith
Or Phrygia and the Galatian region
West coast province of Asia Minor
Lit go out
Lit a way
Lit hour
Lit wood
Two early mss God
Lit a table
Or greatly with his whole household, having believed in God
Or exhorted

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