Acts 16:1-21 Bible in Basic English

Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

16 1  And he came to Derbe and Lystra: and there was a certain disciple there named Timothy, whose mother was one of the Jews of the faith, but his father was a Greek; 2  Of whom the brothers at Lystra and Iconium had a high opinion. 3  Paul had a desire for him to go with him, and he gave him circumcision because of the Jews who were in those parts: for they all had knowledge that his father was a Greek. 4  And on their way through the towns, they gave them the rules which had been made by the Apostles and the rulers of the church at Jerusalem, so that they might keep them. 5  So the churches were made strong in the faith and were increased in number every day.

Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6  And after they had gone through the land of Phrygia and Galatia, the Holy Spirit did not let them take the word into Asia; 7  And having come to Mysia, they made an attempt to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not let them; 8  And going past Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9  And Paul had a vision in the night; a man of Macedonia came, requesting him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia and give us help. 10  And when he had seen the vision, straight away we made the decision to go into Macedonia, for it seemed certain to us that God had sent us to give the good news to them.

The Imprisonment at Philippi

11  So, from Troas we went straight by ship to Samothrace and the day after to Neapolis; 12  And from there to Philippi, which is the most important town of Macedonia and a Roman colony: and we were there for some days. 13  And on the Sabbath we went outside the town, by the river, where we had an idea that there would be a place of prayer; and, being seated, we had talk with the women who had come together. 14  And a certain woman named Lydia, a trader in purple cloth of the town of Thyatira, and a God-fearing woman, gave ear to us: whose heart the Lord made open to give attention to the things which Paul was saying. 15  And when she and her family had had baptism, she made a request to us, saying, If it seems to you that I am true to the Lord, come into my house and be my guests. And she made us come.

16  And when we were going to the place of prayer, we came across a girl with a spirit which gave knowledge of the future, whose masters made great profit from her power. 17  She came after Paul and us, crying out and saying, These men are the servants of the Most High God, who are giving you news of the way of salvation. 18  And this she did on a number of days. But Paul was greatly troubled and, turning, said to the spirit, I give you orders in the name of Jesus Christ, to come out of her. And it came out that very hour. 19  But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they took Paul and Silas, pulling them into the market-place before the rulers; 20  And when they had taken them before the authorities, they said, These men, who are Jews, are greatly troubling our town; 21  Teaching rules of living which it is not right for us to have or to keep, being Romans.


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