Acts 16:1-21 New King James Version

Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

16 Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. 2  He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. 3  Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. 4  And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. 5  So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6  Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7  After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8  So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9  And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10  Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The Imprisonment at Philippi

11  Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, 12  and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. 13  And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14  Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15  And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." So she persuaded us.

16  Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17  This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation." 18  And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour. 19  But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. 20  And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, "These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; 21  and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe."

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