Acts 16:1-21 World English Bible

Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas

16 1  He came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess who believed; but his father was a Greek. 2  The brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony about him. 3  Paul wanted to have him go out with him, and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4  As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered the decrees to them to keep which had been ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. 5  So the assemblies were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia

6  When they had gone through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7  When they had come opposite Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit didn’t allow them. 8  Passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9  A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, “Come over into Macedonia and help us.” 10  When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Good News to them.

The Imprisonment at Philippi

11  Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis; 12  and from there to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the foremost of the district, a Roman colony. We were staying some days in this city. 13  On the Sabbath day we went forth outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together. 14  A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul. 15  When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay.” So she persuaded us.

16  It happened, as we were going to prayer, that a certain girl having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by fortune telling. 17  Following Paul and us, she cried out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us a way of salvation!” 18  She was doing this for many days.

But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” It came out that very hour. 19  But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 20  When they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men, being Jews, are agitating our city, 21  and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”


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