Acts of the Apostles

Acts 16

1. And he reached the town of Derbe and Lystra. There was a disciple there, however, whose name was Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer and his father was Aramaean.
2. And all the disciples that were from Lystra and from Iconium testified over him.*
3. Paul decided to take him along, and he had him circumcised because there were Jews in that country. For they all knew that his father was Aramaean.
4. And as they went in the towns, they preached and taught that they observe the commandments that were written by the apostles and priests in Jerusalem.
5. Therefore, the churches grew in faith and increased in number every day.

6. They went about Phrygian and Galatian countries then, and the holy Spirit stopped them, so as they should not go on speaking of the Manifestation of God in Asia.
7. And as they came to the country of Mysia, they wished to go from there to Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them.
8. And as they went out from Mysia, they came to the country of Troas.
9. And in a night vision, there appeared to Paul some Macedonian man, who stood and asked him, saying, "Come to Macedonia and help me."
10. As Paul saw this vision, [he related,]* "At once we wished to go to Macedonia, because we understood that our Lord called us to proffer the hope [of the Kingdom] to them."

11. "And we set off from Troas and reached Samothrace, and from there we came to the town of Neapolis.
12. "And from there to Philippi, which is at the head of Macedonia, and is a colony, and we were there, however, during the holidays.
13. "And on the Sabbath we went out of the town gate by the river bank, because there it appeared to be a place of prayer. And as we sat down, we spoke to the women who had gathered there.
14. "And there was a woman who sold cloth,* who feared God, her name was Lydia, of the town of Thyatira, that our Lord opened her heart and she heard what Paul was saying."
15. And she was baptized and the members of her household,* and she beseeched him and said, "If you regard that my faith in our Lord is sincere, come and stay in my house," and she urged them very much.

16. "And while we were going to a place of prayer, a young woman accosted us, who had the spirit of fortune telling, and she did a great deal of business for her owners by the fortunes she foretold.
17. "And she followed Paul and me, and she cried out and said, 'These people are the servants of God the Most High and they are proffering for you the Way of Salvation*.'
18. "And she did this for many days. And finally Paul turned to her and told the spirit, 'I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to get out of her.' And in that very hour she got out."
19. And when her owners saw that her potential for doing business had gone out of her, they seized Paul and Shila and dragged them out in the street.
20. And they presented them to the soldiers and town leaders, and they said, "These people are making a joke of this town because they are Jews,
21. "And they are preaching to us [the celebration of] feasts that we are not allowed to accept or perform, because we are Romans."
22. And a great crowd gathered around them. Then the soldiers tore off their clothes and ordered that they be flogged.
23. And after much flogging, they threw them in prison, and ordered the prison guard that they be guarded carefully.
24. As he received these instructions, he stuck them in the innermost chamber of the prison,* and he tied their feet to the post.

25. And in the middle of the night Paul and Shila prayed and glorified God, and the prisoners heard them.
26. And suddenly* there was a great earthquake, and the foundation of the prison shook, and all at once all the doors were opened, and all the chains [of the prisoners] were broken.*
27. And as the warden* became aware and he saw that all the prison doors were open, he pulled* his sword and wanted to kill himself, because he thought the prisoners had run away.
28. And Paul called him in a high voice and told him, "Do not do this evil against yourself, because we are all still here."
29. And he lit a lamp and jumped up and entered trembling, and fell at the feet of Paul and Shila.
30. And he took them outside, and he said to them, "My lords, what must I do to attain eternal life?"*
31. And they told him, "Believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and you will Live, you and your household*."
32. And they spoke with him about the Manifestation of the Lord, and with all the members of his household.
33. And in that hour, in that very night, he commuted their sentence,* and in that very hour he was baptized, together with his entire household.*
34. And he arranged to take them up to his house and he set a [banquet] table for them, and he celebrated, together with his entire household, the faith in God.
35. And at daybreak, the soldiers sent the tribal representatives to say to the warden to release these people.
36. And as the warden heard this, he entered and told Paul this manifestation, that the soldiers have sent [some men] so as to [say] release them now, go out and leave in peace.
37. Paul told him, "They do not understand that they flogged us, indeed all the people are Romans, and threw us in prison, and now they want to get us out secretly? No way, let them come and take us out themselves."*
38. And the tribal representatives went and told the soldiers these words that were told them. And when they heard they were Romans, they were frightened.
39. And they came to them and begged them to go out and leave the town.
40. And after leaving prison, they entered Lydia's house, and there they saw the brethren and they encouraged* them and went out.

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Footnotes:
*16:1 Lit Ar. idiomatic expression retained: "Confirmed his faithfulness."
*16:10 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: Paul relates this, Shila is the narrator.
*16:14 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Purple."
*16:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Children of her house."
*16:16 Shilaís narrative resumes.
*16:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Lives."
*16:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "He entered, darkened them in the inner house of the prisoners house."
*16:25.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "From silence."
*16:25.2 Lit. Ar. expression: "Their bondage was untied."
*16:27.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Guarder of the prison."
*16:27.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Consecrated."
*16:30 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "What duty to me to do as to I Live?"
*16:31 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "House."
*16:33.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Washed their torments."
*16:33.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And in his hour baptized he, he and the members of his house, all of them."
*16:34 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And [held a] sermon he, and the members of his house all, in the faith of God."
*16:37 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Not for, except they come get us."
*16:40 Lit. Ar. expression: "Gave them heart."