1Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.2The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.3Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.4As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey.5So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia
6Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.7When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.8So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.9During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”10After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Lydia’s Conversion in Philippi
11From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis.12From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.13On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.14One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.15When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
Paul and Silas in Prison
16Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.17She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”18She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.19When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.20They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar21by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.24When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.27The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.28But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.34The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.35When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.”36The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”37But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”38The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.39They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.40After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.
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Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
1Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. (Ac 17:14; Ac 18:5; Ac 19:22; Ac 20:4; Ro 16:21; 1Co 4:17; Php 2:19; Col 1:1; 1Th 3:2; 2Th 1:1; 1Ti 1:2; 1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 1:2; 2Ti 1:5; 2Ti 3:15)2He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. (Joh 21:23)3Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. (Ga 2:3)4As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. (Ac 15:2; Ac 15:28; Ac 17:7)5So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. (Ac 2:47; Ac 6:7; Ac 9:31)
The Macedonian Call
6And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. (Ac 18:23; Ga 4:13)7And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. (Ac 8:29; Ac 16:6; Ro 8:9; Ga 4:6; Php 1:19; 1Pe 1:11)8So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. (Ac 20:5; 2Co 2:12; 2Ti 4:13)9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”10And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Ac 16:11; Ac 20:5; Ac 20:13; Ac 21:1; Ac 27:1)
The Conversion of Lydia
11So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, (Ac 21:1)12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. (Ac 16:21; Php 1:1; 1Th 2:2)13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. (Ezr 8:15; Ezr 8:21; Ps 137:1; Mt 5:1; Ac 13:14)14One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. (Lu 24:45; Ac 18:7)15And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us. (Ge 19:3; Lu 24:29; Ac 11:14)
Paul and Silas in Prison
16As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. (Le 19:31; Lu 13:11; Ac 16:13; Ac 16:19)17She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” (Da 3:26; Mt 7:14; Mr 5:7; Ac 9:2; Jas 2:19)18And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. (Mt 17:18; Mr 1:25; Mr 1:34; Mr 9:38)19But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. (Mt 10:18; Ac 8:3; Ac 16:16; Ac 17:6; Ac 18:12; Ac 19:25; Ac 21:30; Jas 2:6)20And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city.21They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.” (Es 3:8; Ac 16:12)22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. (2Co 6:5; 2Co 11:23; 1Th 2:2)23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely.24Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. (Job 13:27; Job 33:11; Jer 20:2; Jer 29:26; Lu 21:12)
The Philippian Jailer Converted
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, (Job 35:10; Ps 42:8; Ps 77:6; Ps 119:62)26and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. (Ac 4:31; Ac 5:19; Ac 12:7; Ac 12:10)27When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. (1Ki 20:39; Ac 12:19; Ac 27:42)28But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”29And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. (Ac 10:25)30Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Lu 3:10; Lu 3:12; Lu 3:14; Joh 6:28; Ac 2:37; Ac 16:17; Ac 22:10)31And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Mr 16:16; Ac 11:14)32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.33And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. (Ac 8:12; Ac 16:25)34Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God. (Ps 9:14; Ps 13:5; Isa 25:9; Lu 1:47; Ac 2:46; 1Pe 1:6; 1Pe 1:8)35But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.”36And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.”37But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” (Ac 22:25; Ac 22:29)38The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. (Ac 16:37)39So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. (Mt 8:34)40So they went out of the prison and visited Lydia. And when they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them and departed. (Joh 21:23; Ac 16:14)