Acts 16

From Antioch to Galatia

Acts 16:1

(1) Paul and Silas traveled through the Taurus Mountains to the city of Derbe and then to Lystra in the southern region of Galatia, the home of the disciple named Timothy, whose mother was a Jewish believer but whose father was a Greek.

Timothy Joins Paul in Lystra

Acts 16:2-3

(2) The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of Timothy’s excellent reputation. (3) Paul wanted to take him along on his mission journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they knew that his father was a Greek.

From Lystra to Troas

Acts 16:4-10

(4) As they traveled from town to town, they presented the decisions written by the Jerusalem apostles and elders for the non-Jews to obey. (5) So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.

(6) Paul and his mission partners traveled throughout Phrygia Galatia (the region of Phrygia in the Roman province of Galatia) having been stopped by the Holy Spirit from proclaiming God’s word in Ephesus and the Roman province of Asia (this probably took place about 62 miles/100 km from Pisidian Antioch, at or near the city of Apamea; modern Dinar, Turkey).

(7) So when they traveled northwest to the border of the district of Mysia (probably at or near the city of Dorylaeum; modern Eskisehir, Turkey) they tried to enter the Roman province of Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t allow them to go there. (8) So they traveled through the region of Mysia and went down to the city of Troas (the primary Aegean port for ships traveling between the Roman provinces of Asia and Macedonia).

(9) During the night Paul had a vision of a man in Greece’s Roman province of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (10) After Paul had seen this vision, we immediately got ready to sail across the Aegean Sea to Macedonia, because we were convinced that God had called us to proclaim the gospel (good news) of Jesus to them.

From Troas to Philippi

Acts 16:11-12 (August AD 49)

(11) From Troas we traveled by ship about 70 miles (113 km) straight to the Aegean island of Samothrace. The next day we sailed from Samothrace to the port city of Neapolis (in modern Kavala, Greece) on the coast of Macedonia. (12) From there we walked from Neapolis about 10 miles (16 km) to the city of Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there for several days.

In Philippi

Acts 16:13-40 (August-October AD 49)

(13) On the Sabbath day we went outside Phillipi’s city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to talk to the women who had gathered there.

(14) One of those listening was a woman named Lydia from the city of Thyatira (the location of one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation, in the Roman province of Asia; in modern Akhisar, Turkey. See Revelation 2:18-29). She was a seller of purple cloth and a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to believe Paul’s message. (15) When Lydia and the members of her household were water baptized, she invited us to her home, saying, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she persuaded us.

(16) Once when we were walking to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who was possessed by a demon (demonized) that gave her the ability to predict the future. She earned a large amount of money for her owners through fortune-telling. (17) She followed Paul and us around, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” (18) She kept doing this for many days. Finally, Paul became so irritated that he turned around and said to the demon, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At Paul’s command the demon immediately left her.

(19) When her owners realized that they were going to lose a lot of money, they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them into the public market to face the city judges. (20) They brought them before the Roman judges and said, “These Jews are stirring up trouble in our city and causing a major disturbance (21) by teaching customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

(22) A crowd of people joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the Roman judges ordered them to be stripped of their clothes and to be beaten with rods. (23) After they had been severely beaten (flogged), they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them securely. (24) When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell (the harshest and most filthy location in the prison) and fastened their feet in the stocks.

(25) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (26) Suddenly there was a violent earthquake that shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the prison doors flew open, and the prisoners’ chains fell off. (27) The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he took his sword to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. (28) But Paul shouted to the jailer, “Don’t hurt yourself! We’re all here!”

(29) The jailer called for lights, ran in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. (30) He then brought them out and asked them, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (31) They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your household will be saved.” (32) Then they spoke the Lord’s word to him and to all who were in his house. (33) Late that night the jailer washed their wounds, and then he and all his household were water-baptized. (34) The jailer welcomed them into his home and gave them something to eat. He was filled with joy because he believed in God with his whole household.

(35) At daylight, the judges sent their officers to the jailer with this order, “Release those men.” (36) The jailer told Paul, “The judges have set you and Silas free. Now you can leave in peace.” (37) But Paul said to the officers, “We are Roman citizens, and they beat us in public without a trial and threw us into prison. And now they want to get rid of us secretly? No! Let them come and lead us out of the prison.“

(38) The officers reported this to the judges, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they became very nervous. (39) They came to appease them and walked them out of the prison, begging them to leave Philippi.

(40) After Paul and Silas left the prison, they went to Lydia’s home, where they met with their fellow believers and encouraged them in the faith. Then they departed.

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