Acts 16:1-21 New American Standard Bible

Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

16 1  Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra . And a disciple was there , named Timothy , the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer , but his father was a Greek , 2  and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium . 3  Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took 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 the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem , for them to observe . 5  So the churches were being strengthened in the faith , and were increasing in number daily e .

Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6  They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region , having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia ; 7  and after they came to Mysia , they were trying to go into Bithynia , and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; 8  and passing by Mysia , they came down to Troas . 9  A vision appeared to Paul in the night : a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying , "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10  When he had seen the vision , immediately we sought to go into Macedonia , concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The Imprisonment at Philippi

11  So putting out to sea from Troas , we ran a straight course to Samothrace , and on the day following to Neapolis ; 12  and from there to Philippi , which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia , a Roman colony ; and we were staying in this city for some days . 13  And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside e , 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 . 14  A woman named Lydia , from the city of Thyatira , a seller of purple fabrics , a worshiper of God , was listening ; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul . 15  And when she and her 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.

16  It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer , a slave-girl having a 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 the Most High God , who are proclaiming to you the 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 in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out at that very moment . 19  But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone , they seized Paul and Silas and dragged 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 are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe , being Romans ."

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