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The Macedonian Vision

1 Paul came also to Derbe R942 and to Lystra. R942 And a disciple was there, named Timothy, R943 the son of a Jewish R944 woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, 2 and he was well spoken of by the R945 brethren who were in Lystra R946 and Iconium. R947 3 Paul wanted this man to go F374 with him; and he took R948 him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the R949 decrees which had been decided upon by the R950 apostles and elders R951 who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. 5 So the R952 churches were being strengthened in F375 the faith, and were increasing R953 in number daily.

6 They passed through the Phrygian R954 F376 and Galatian R955 region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; R956 F377 7 and after they came to Mysia, R957 they were trying to go into Bithynia, R958 and the Spirit R959 of Jesus did not permit them; 8 and passing by Mysia, R960 they came down to Troas. R961 9 A R962 vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia R963 was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10 When he had seen the R964 vision, immediately we R965 sought to go F378 into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach R966 the gospel to them.

11 So putting out to sea from Troas, R967 we ran a R968 straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis; 12 and from there to Philippi, R969 which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, R970 a R971 Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days. 13 And on the R972 Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

First Convert in Europe

14 A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, R973 a seller of purple fabrics, a R974 worshiper of God, was listening; and F379 the Lord opened R975 her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her R976 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.

16 It happened that as we were going to the R977 place of prayer, a slave-girl having a R978 spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, "These men are bond-servants of the R979 Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the F380 way of salvation." 18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in R980 the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out at that very moment. F381

19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit R981 was gone, F382 they seized Paul R982 and Silas and dragged R983 them into the market place before the authorities, 20 and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, "These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews, 21 and are R984 proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans." R985

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

22 The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes F383 off them and proceeded to order them F384 to be beaten R986 with rods. 23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the R987 jailer to guard them securely; 24 and F385 he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the R988 stocks. F386

25 But about midnight Paul R989 and Silas were praying and singing R990 hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly there R991 came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all R992 the doors were opened and everyone's chains R993 were unfastened. 27 When the R994 jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to R995 kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!" 29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul R996 and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what R997 must I do to be saved?"

The Jailer Converted

31 They said, "Believe R998 in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your R999 household." 32 And they spoke the word of the F387 Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that R1000 very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set food F388 before them, and rejoiced greatly, F389 having believed in God with his R1001 whole household.

35 Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, "Release those men." 36 And the R1002 jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The chief magistrates have sent to release you. Therefore come out now and go in R1003 peace." 37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us in public without trial, men R1004 who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they sending us away secretly? No indeed! But let them come themselves and bring us out." 38 The policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates. They R1005 were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, 39 and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them to R1006 leave the city. 40 They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, R1007 and when they saw the R1008 brethren, they encouraged F390 them and departed.

F374: Lit go out
F375: Or in faith
F376: Or Phrygia and the Galatian region
F377: I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
F378: Lit go out
F379: Lit whose heart the Lord opened
F380: Lit a way
F381: Lit hour
F382: Lit gone out
F383: Or outer garments
F384: Lit to beat with rods
F385: Lit who
F386: Lit wood
F387: Two early mss read God
F388: Lit a table
F389: Or greatly with his whole household, having believed in God
F390: Or exhorted

R942: Acts 14:6
R942: Acts 14:6
R943: Acts 17:14f; 18:5; 19:22; 20:4; Romans 16:21; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 16:10; 2 Corinthians 1:1,19; Philippians 1:1; 2:19; Colossians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 3:2,6; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:2,18; 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:2; Philemon 1:1:1; Hebrews 13:23
R944: 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15
R945: Acts 16:40
R946: Acts 14:6
R947: Acts 13:51
R948: Galatians 2:3
R949: Acts 15:28f
R950: Acts 15:2
R951: Acts 11:30
R952: Acts 9:31
R953: Acts 2:47
R954: Acts 2:10; 18:23
R955: Acts 18:23; 1 Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:2; 3:1; 2 Timothy 4:10; 1 Peter 1:1
R956: Acts 2:9
R957: Acts 16:8
R958: 1 Peter 1:1
R959: Luke 24:49; Acts 8:29; Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11
R960: Acts 16:7
R961: Acts 16:11; 20:5f; 2 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Timothy 4:13
R962: Acts 9:10
R963: Acts 16:10,12; 18:5; 19:21f,29; 20:1,3; 27:2; Romans 15:26
R964: Acts 9:10
R965: Acts 16:10-17; 20:5-15; 21:1-18; 27:1-28:16
R966: Acts 14:7
R967: Acts 16:8; 20:5f; 2 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Timothy 4:13
R968: Acts 21:1
R969: Acts 20:6; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:2
R970: Acts 16:9,10; 18:5; 19:21f,29; 20:1,3; 27:2; Romans 15:26
R971: Acts 16:21
R972: Acts 13:14
R973: Revelation 1:11; 2:18,24
R974: Acts 13:43; 18:7
R975: Luke 24:45
R976: Acts 11:14
R977: Acts 16:13
R978: Leviticus 19:31; 20:6,27; Deuteronomy 18:11; 1 Samuel 28:3,7; 2 Kings 21:6; 1 Chronicles 10:13; Isaiah 8:19
R979: Mark 5:7
R980: Mark 16:17
R981: Acts 16:16; 19:25f
R982: Acts 15:22,40; 16:25,29
R983: Acts 8:3; 17:6f; 21:30; James 2:6
R984: Esther 3:8
R985: Acts 16:12
R986: 2 Corinthians 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:2
R987: Acts 16:27,36
R988: Job 1:13:27; 33:11; Jeremiah 20:2f; 29:26
R989: Acts 16:19
R990: Ephesians 5:19
R991: Acts 4:31
R992: Acts 12:10
R993: Acts 12:7
R994: Acts 16:23,36
R995: Acts 12:19
R996: Acts 16:19
R997: Acts 2:37; 22:10
R998: Mark 16:16
R999: Acts 11:14; 16:15
R1000: Acts 16:25
R1001: Acts 11:14; 16:15
R1002: Acts 16:27
R1003: Acts 15:33
R1004: Acts 22:25-29
R1005: Acts 22:29
R1006: Matthew 8:34
R1007: Acts 16:14
R1008: Acts 1:15; 16:2


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