Acts 16:1-21 New Living Translation

Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

16 1  Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. 2  Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, 3  so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. 4  Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. 5  So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.

Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6  Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. 7  Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 8  So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. 9  That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" 10  So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.

The Imprisonment at Philippi

11  We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis. 12  From there we reached Philippi, a major city of that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. And we stayed there several days. 13  On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. 14  One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. 15  She and her household were baptized, and she asked us to be her guests. "If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my home." And she urged us until we agreed.

16  One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes. 17  She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved." 18  This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And instantly it left her. 19  Her masters' hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. 20  "The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!" they shouted to the city officials. 21  "They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice."

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