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  Acts   chapter 16

   1 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:
   2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that
  were at Lystra and Iconium.
   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.
   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
  Jerusalem.
   5 And so were the churches established in the faith,
  and increased in number daily.
   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,
   7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go
  into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
   8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
   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.
  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.
  11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a
  straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to
  Neapolis;
  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.
  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
  thither.
  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.
  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 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
  soothsaying:
  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.
  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.
  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,
  20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These
  men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
  21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to
  receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
  22 And the multitude rose up together against them:
  and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and
  commanded to beat them.
  23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them,
  they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to
  keep them safely:
  24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them
  into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in
  the stocks.
  25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang
  praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
  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.
  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.
  28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do
  thyself no harm: for we are all here.
  29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and
  came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
  30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I
  do to be saved?
  31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
  and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
  32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and
  to all that were in his house.
  33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and
  washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all
  his, straightway.
  34 And when he had brought them into his house, he
  set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God
  with all his house.
  35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the
  serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
  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.
  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 us
  out.
  38 And the serjeants told these words unto the
  magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that
  they were Romans.
  39 And they came and besought them, and brought them
  out, and desired them to depart out of the city.
  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.

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