NASB — Acts 16 — KJV

The Macedonian Vision

1 Paul came also to aDerbe and to aLystra. And a disciple was there, named bTimothy, the son of a cJewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, 2 and he was well spoken of by athe brethren who were in bLystra and cIconium. 3 Paul wanted this man to Igo with him; and he atook 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 athe decrees which had been decided upon by bthe apostles and celders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. 5 So athe churches were being strengthened Iin the faith, and were bincreasing in number daily.

[1] aAc 14:6 bAc 17:14f; 18:5; 19:22; 20:4; Ro 16:21; 1Co 4:17; 16:10; 2Co 1:1, 19; Php 1:1; 2:19; Col 1:1; 1Th 1:1; 3:2, 6; 2Th 1:1; 1Ti 1:2, 18; 6:20; 2Ti 1:2; Phm 1; He 13:23 c2Ti 1:5; 3:15
[2] aAc 16:40 bAc 14:6 cAc 13:51
[3] ILit go out aGa 2:3
[4] aAc 15:28f bAc 15:2 cAc 11:30
[5] IOr in faith aAc 9:31 bAc 2:47

6 ¶ They passed through the IaPhrygian and bGalatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in IIcAsia; 7 and after they came to aMysia, they were trying to go into bBithynia, and the cSpirit of Jesus did not permit them; 8 and passing by aMysia, they came down to bTroas. 9 aA vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of bMacedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 When he had seen athe vision, immediately bwe sought to Igo into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to cpreach the gospel to them.

[6] IOr Phrygia and the Galatian region III.e. west coast province of Asia Minor aAc 2:10; 18:23 bAc 18:23; 1Co 16:1; Ga 1:2; 3:1; 2Ti 4:10; 1P 1:1 cAc 2:9
[7] aAc 16:8 b1P 1:1 cLk 24:49; Ac 8:29; Ro 8:9; Ga 4:6; Php 1:19; 1P 1:11
[8] aAc 16:7 bAc 16:11; 20:5f; 2Co 2:12; 2Ti 4:13
[9] aAc 9:10 bAc 16:10, 12; 18:5; 19:21f, 29; 20:1, 3; 27:2; Ro 15:26
[10] ILit go out aAc 9:10 b[we] Ac 16:10-17; 20:5-15; 21:1-18; 27:1-28:16 cAc 14:7

11 ¶ So putting out to sea from aTroas, we ran ba straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis; 12 and from there to aPhilippi, which is a leading city of the district of bMacedonia, ca [Roman] colony; and we were staying in this city for some days. 13 And on athe 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.

[11] aAc 16:8; 20:5f; 2Co 2:12; 2Ti 4:13 bAc 21:1
[12] aAc 20:6; Php 1:1; 1Th 2:2 bAc 16:9, 10; 18:5; 19:21f, 29; 20:1, 3; 27:2; Ro 15:26 cAc 16:21
[13] aAc 13:14

First Convert in Europe

14 A woman named Lydia, from the city of aThyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, ba worshiper of God, was listening; Iand the Lord copened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and aher 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.

[14] ILit whose heart the Lord opened aRv 1:11; 2:18, 24 bAc 13:43; 18:7 cLk 24:45
[15] aAc 11:14

16 ¶ It happened that as we were going to athe place of prayer, a slave-girl having ba 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 athe Most High God, who are proclaiming to you Ithe 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 ain the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very Imoment.

[16] aAc 16:13 bLv 19:31; 20:6, 27; Dt 18:11; 1S 28:3, 7; 2K 21:6; 1Ch 10:13; Is 8:19
[17] ILit a way aMk 5:7
[18] ILit hour aMk 16:17

19 ¶ But when her masters saw that their hope of aprofit was Igone, they seized bPaul and Silas and cdragged 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 aare proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being bRomans.”

[19] ILit gone out aAc 16:16; 19:25f bAc 15:22, 40; 16:25, 29 cAc 8:3; 17:6f; 21:30; Jm 2:6
[21] aEs 3:8 bAc 16:12

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

22 The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their Irobes off them and proceeded to order II[them] to be abeaten with rods. 23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding athe jailer to guard them securely; 24 Iand he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in athe IIstocks.

[22] IOr outer garments IILit to beat with rods a2Co 11:25; 1Th 2:2
[23] aAc 16:27, 36
[24] ILit who IILit wood aJb 13:27; 33:11; Jr 20:2f; 29:26

25 ¶ But about midnight aPaul and Silas were praying and bsinging hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 and suddenly athere came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately ball the doors were opened and everyone’s cchains were unfastened. 27 When athe jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about bto 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 aPaul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, awhat must I do to be saved?”

[25] aAc 16:19 bEp 5:19
[26] aAc 4:31 bAc 12:10 cAc 12:7
[27] aAc 16:23, 36 bAc 12:19
[29] aAc 16:19
[30] aAc 2:37; 22:10

The Jailer Converted

31 They said, “aBelieve in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and byour household.” 32 And they spoke the word of Ithe Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them athat [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 Ifood before them, and rejoiced IIgreatly, having believed in God with ahis whole household.

[31] aMk 16:16 bAc 11:14; 16:15
[32] ITwo early mss read God
[33] aAc 16:25
[34] ILit a table IIOr greatly with his whole household, having believed in God aAc 11:14; 16:15

35 ¶ Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, “Release those men.” 36 And athe jailer reported these words to Paul, [saying], “The chief magistrates have sent to release you. Therefore come out now and go bin peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us in public without trial, amen 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. aThey 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 ato leave the city. 40 They went out of the prison and entered [the house of] aLydia, and when they saw bthe brethren, they Iencouraged them and departed.

[36] aAc 16:27 bAc 15:33
[37] aAc 22:25-29
[38] aAc 22:29
[39] aMt 8:34
[40] IOr exhorted aAc 16:14 bAc 1:15; 16:2


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Paul having circumcised Timothy,

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,

[1] Ezr 9:2; Ac 14:1, 6, 21; 17:14; 18:5; 19:22; 20:4; Ro 16:21; 1Co 4:17; 7:14; Php 1:1; 2:19; Col 1:1; 1Th 1:1; 3:2; 2Th 1:1; 1Ti 1:2; 2Ti 1:2, 5; 3:11, 15; He 13:23.
[2] Ac 6:3; 14:21; 1Ti 3:7; 5:10, 25; 2Ti 3:11, 15; He 11:2.
[3] Ac 15:20, 37, 40; 1Co 7:19; 9:20; Ga 2:3, 8; 5:1, 6.
[4] Ac 15:6, 28.
[5] 2Ch 20:20; Is 7:9; Ac 2:47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 9:31; 11:21; 12:24; 13:48; 15:41; 19:18; Ro 16:25; 1Co 15:58; Ga 5:1; Ep 4:13; Col 2:6; 1Th 3:2, 13; 2Th 2:16; He 13:9, 20; 1P 5:10.
[6] 2Ch 6:7; Is 30:21; Am 8:11; Ac 2:10; 10:19; 11:12; 13:2; 16:7; 18:23; 19:10, 26; 20:4, 16, 28; 1Co 12:11; 16:1; 2Co 1:8; Ga 1:2; 3:1; 2Ti 1:15; 4:10; He 11:8; 1P 1:1; Rv 1:4, 11.

and being called by the Spirit from one country to another,

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].

[7] 1P 1:1.
[8] Ac 16:11; 20:5; 2Co 2:12; 2Ti 4:13.
[9] Ac 2:17; 8:26; 9:10, 38; 10:3, 10, 30, 32; 11:5, 13; 18:5, 9; 19:21; 22:17; 27:23; Ro 10:14; 15:26; 2Co 7:5; 8:1; 9:2; 11:9; 12:1, 7; 1Th 1:7; 4:10.
[10] Ps 119:60; Pv 3:27; Ac 10:29; 26:13; 2Co 2:12.
[12] Ac 16:21; 20:6; Php 1:1; 1Th 2:2.
[13] Mt 5:1; 13:2; Mk 16:15; Lk 4:20; 13:10; Jn 8:2; Ac 13:14, 42; 16:6; 17:2; 18:4; 20:7; 21:5; Ga 3:28; Col 1:23.

converteth Lydia,

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.

[14] Ps 110:3; So 5:4; Is 50:5; Lk 24:45; Jn 6:44; 12:20; Ac 8:27; 10:2; 11:21; 16:40; 18:7; Ro 9:16; 1Co 3:6; 2Co 3:14; 4:4; Ep 1:17; Php 2:13; Jm 1:16; Rv 1:11; 2:18; 3:7, 20.
[15] Gn 18:4; 19:3; 33:11; Jg 19:19, 21; 1S 28:23; 2K 4:8; Mt 10:41; Lk 9:4; 10:5; 14:23; 24:29; Ac 8:12, 38; 11:14; 16:33; 18:8; Ro 16:23; 1Co 1:13; 2Co 5:14; 12:11; Ga 6:10; Ep 1:1; Php 1:7; Phm 1:17; He 13:2; 1P 5:12; 2Jn 1:10; 3Jn 1:5, 8.

casteth out a spirit of divination.

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.

[16] Ex 7:11; Dt 13:1; 18:9; 1S 28:7; 1Ch 10:13; Is 8:19; Ac 8:9; 16:13, 18; 19:24; Ga 5:20; 1Ti 6:10; 2Ti 3:8; 2P 2:3; Rv 18:11.
[17] Gn 14:18; Ps 57:2; 78:35; Dn 3:26, 28; 4:2; 5:18, 21; 6:16, 20; Jna 1:9; Mi 6:6; Mt 7:13; 8:29; 22:16; Mk 1:24; 5:7; 12:14; Lk 1:77, 79; 4:34, 41; 8:28; 20:21; Jn 14:6; Ac 16:30; 18:26; 19:13; He 10:19; 1P 2:16.
[18] Mk 1:25, 34; 9:25; 16:17; Lk 9:1; 10:17; Ac 3:6; 9:34; 14:13; 19:12; Col 2:15.

For which cause he and Silas are whipped and imprisoned.

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.

[19] Mt 10:16; 24:9; Mk 13:9; Ac 9:16; 14:5, 19; 15:26; 18:12; 19:24; 21:30; 2Co 6:5; 1Ti 6:10.
[20] 1K 18:17; Ezr 4:12; Es 3:8; Mt 2:3; Jn 15:18; Ac 17:6; 18:2; 19:34; 28:22; Ro 12:2; Jm 4:4.
[21] Jr 10:3; Ac 26:3.
[22] Mt 10:17; 27:26; Ac 5:40; 16:37; 17:5; 18:12; 19:28; 21:30; 22:22, 24; 2Co 6:5; 11:23; 1Th 2:2; He 11:36; 1P 2:24.
[23] 1S 23:22; Mt 26:48; 27:63; Lk 21:12; Ac 5:18, 23; 8:3; 9:2; 12:4, 18; Ep 3:1; 4:1; 2Ti 2:9; Phm 1:9; Rv 1:9; 2:10.
[24] 1K 22:27; 2Ch 16:10; Jb 13:27; 33:11; Ps 105:18; Jr 20:2; 29:26; 37:15; 38:26; Lm 3:53.

25 ¶ And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

[25] Ezr 3:12; Jb 35:10; Ps 22:2; 34:1; 42:8; 50:15; 71:7; 77:2, 6; 91:15; 119:55, 62; Is 30:29; Zc 3:8; Mt 5:10; 26:38; Lk 6:22; 22:44; Ac 5:41; Ro 5:3; 12:12; 2Co 4:8, 16, 17; 6:10; Php 2:17; 4:4; Col 1:24; 3:15; 1Th 5:16; He 5:7; Jm 1:2; 5:13; 1P 1:6; 4:14.

The prison doors are opened.

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?

[26] Ps 79:11; 102:20; 146:7; Is 42:7; 61:1; Zc 9:11; Mt 28:2; Ac 4:31; 5:19; 12:7, 10; Rv 6:12; 11:13.
[27] Jg 9:54; 1S 31:4; 2S 17:23; 1K 16:18; Mt 27:5; Ac 16:23.
[28] Ex 20:13; Lv 19:18; Ps 7:4; 35:14; Pv 8:36; 24:11; Ec 7:17; Mt 5:44; Lk 6:27; 10:32; 22:51; 23:34; 1Th 5:15.
[29] Ps 99:1; 119:120; Is 60:14; 66:2, 5; Jr 5:22; 10:10; Dn 6:26; Ac 9:5; 24:25; Rv 3:9.
[30] Jb 25:4; 34:32; Is 1:16; 58:6, 9; Mt 3:8; 5:7; Lk 3:10; Jn 6:27; Ac 2:37; 9:6; 14:15; 16:17, 24; 22:10; Jm 2:13.

The jailer is converted,

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.

[31] Gn 17:7; 18:19; Is 45:22; Jr 32:39; Hab 2:4; Mk 16:16; Jn 1:12; 3:15, 36; 6:40, 47; 7:37; 11:25; 20:31; Ac 2:38, 39; 4:12; 8:37; 11:13; 13:38; 15:11; 16:15, 32; 18:8; Ro 5:1; 10:9; 11:16; Ga 3:14, 22, 26; Ep 2:7; 1Jn 5:10.
[32] Mk 16:15; Ac 10:33; Ro 1:14, 16; Ep 3:8; Col 1:27; 1Th 2:8; 1Ti 1:13.
[33] Pv 16:7; Is 11:6; Mt 25:35; Lk 10:33; 19:9; Ac 16:15, 23; 1Co 1:16; Ga 5:6, 13.
[34] Is 12:1; 55:12; 57:17; 58:7; 61:10; Lk 5:29; 15:22, 32; 19:6; Ac 2:46; 8:39; 16:27; Ro 5:2, 11; 15:13; Ga 5:22; Php 4:4, 17; 1Th 4:9; Phm 1:7; Jm 2:14; 1P 1:6; 1Jn 3:18.
[35] Ps 76:10; Jr 5:22; Ac 4:21; 5:40.
[36] Ex 4:18; Jg 18:6; 1S 1:17; 20:42; 25:35; 29:7; 2K 5:19; Mk 5:34; Jn 14:27; Ac 15:33.

and they are delivered.

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.

[37] Ps 58:1; 82:1; 94:20; Pv 28:1; Dn 3:25; 6:18; Mt 10:16; Ac 16:20; 22:25.
[38] Mt 14:5; 21:46; Ac 22:29.
[39] Ex 11:8; Is 45:14; 49:23; 60:14; Dn 6:16, 23; Mi 7:9; Mt 8:34; Mk 5:17; Rv 3:9.
[40] Ac 4:23; 12:12; 14:22; 16:14; 2Co 1:3; 4:8, 16; 1Th 3:2.


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