Acts 16:22-40 Darby’s Translation

22  And the crowd rose up too against them; and the praetors, having torn off their clothes, commanded to scourge [them]. 23  And having laid many stripes upon them they cast [them] into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely; 24  who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and secured their feet to the stocks.

25  And at midnight Paul and Silas, in praying, were praising God with singing, and the prisoners listened to them. 26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison shook, and all the doors were immediately opened, and the bonds of all loosed. 27  And the jailor being awakened out of his sleep, and seeing the doors of the prison opened, having drawn a sword was going to kill himself, thinking the prisoners had fled. 28  But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm, for we are all here. 29  And having asked for lights, he rushed in, and, trembling, fell down before Paul and Silas. 30  And leading them out said, Sirs, what must I do that I may be saved? 31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house. 32  And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, with all that were in his house. 33  And he took them the same hour of the night and washed [them] from their stripes; and was baptised, he and all his straightway. 34  And having brought them into his house he laid the table [for them], and rejoiced with all his house, having believed in God.

35  And when it was day, the praetors sent the lictors, saying, Let those men go. 36  And the jailor reported these words to Paul: The praetors have sent that ye may be let go. Now therefore go out and depart in peace. 37  But Paul said to them, Having beaten us publicly uncondemned, us who are Romans, they have cast us into prison, and now they thrust us out secretly? no, indeed, but let them come themselves and bring us out. 38  And the lictors reported these words to the praetors. And they were afraid when they heard they were Romans. 39  And they came and besought them, and having brought them out, asked them to go out of the city. 40  And having gone out of the prison, they came to Lydia; and having seen the brethren, they exhorted them and went away.


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