Acts 16:22-40 World English Bible

22  The multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore their clothes off of them, and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 23  When they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely, 24  who, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the stocks.

25  But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were loosened. 27  The jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Don’t harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29  He called for lights and sprang in, and, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, 30  and brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31  They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32  They spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all who were in his house. 33  He took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. 34  He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God.

35  But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, “Let those men go.” 36  The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go; now therefore come out, and go in peace.” 37  But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, without a trial, men who are Romans, and have cast us into prison! Do they now release us secretly? No, most certainly, but let them come themselves and bring us out!” 38  The sergeants reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, 39  and they came and begged them. When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city. 40  They went out of the prison, and entered into Lydia’s house. When they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them, and departed.


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