ACTS 16:1 Paul also went back to the towns of Derbe and Lystra. In Lystra there was a believer whose name was Timothy. His mother was a Jew and a believer and his father was a Greek.
ACTS 16:2 The believers in Lystra and Iconium said good things about Timothy.
ACTS 16:3 Paul wanted Timothy to go with him, so Paul circumcised Timothy because of the Jews that lived in those Romans towns. All the Jews knew that Timothy’s father was a Greek.
ACTS 16:4 Then Paul and those with him traveled through other cities. Paul and those with him gave the believers the rules and decisions from the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. They told them to obey these rules.
ACTS 16:5 Paul and those traveling with him encouraged the churches to become stronger in their faith, and the number of believers grew every day.
ACTS 16:6 Paul and those traveling with him went to the country of Phrygia and Galatia and they preached there. They wanted to go to the country of Asia, but the Holy Spirit did not allow it.
ACTS 16:7 When Paul and those traveling with him came into the country of Mysia, Paul and those traveling with him tried to go to the country of Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit stopped them again.
Acts 16:8 Then Paul and those traveling with him went through Mysia and came to the town of Troas.
Acts 16:9 That night Paul saw a vision. A man from Macedonia came to Paul. The man stood there and begged Paul, Come across to Macedonia and help us.
Acts 10:10 After Paul had seen this vision, Paul and those traveling with him immediately got ready to sail to Macedonia because we believed that God had called us to preach the Good News to those people.
Acts 16:11 Paul and those traveling with him sailed from the town of Troas straight to the Island of Samothrace. The next day Paul and those traveling with him were in the town of Neapolis.
Acts 16:12 From there Paul and those traveling with him went to the town of Philippi, in the first part of the country of Macedonia, where the Romans ruled, and Paul and those traveling with him stayed in Philippi for a few days.
Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath day Paul and those traveling with him went outside the town to a place by the river. Paul and those traveling with him looked for a place where the Jews came together to pray and sat down and Paul and those traveling with him started to talk to the women who came there.
Acts 16:14 One of the women who listened to Paul and those traveling with him was Lydia, she sold expensive purple material. Lydia was from the city of Thyatira. Lydia was there to worshipped the God. As Paul and those with him preached Lydia listen and The Lord opened her heart and she accepted the message that was preached.
Acts 16:15 Lydia and all the people in her family were baptised. Then Lydia told Paul and those traveling with him and said: If you think I really believe in the Lord, then please come to my house and stay there. She asked Paul and those traveling with him again and again until we said yes and we went to her home.
Acts 16:16 One day when Paul and those traveling with him were going to pray, and a slave girl met us. She had an evil spirit in her that gave her the power to say what would happen in the future. People paid to listen to her and she got a lot of money for her owners.
Acts 16:17 This slave girl followed Paul and those traveling with him and she continued to shout and say: These men are servants of the Most High God. They will tell you how God can save you.
Acts 16:18 The slave girl followed Paul and those traveling with him and she shouted this for many days and then Paul became angry. He turned to the girl and said to the evil spirit: By the power of Jesus Christ, I command you to come out of her! Immediately, the spirit came out.
Acts 16:19 The owners of the slave girl saw that they would no longer get money from this girl. The owners were angry and they grabbed Paul and Silas and they pulled them into the court, where the leaders of the town were.
Acts 16:20 The owners told the judge and the leaders: These men are Jews and they are making problems in our town.
Acts 16:21 Paul and Silas are telling the people to do things that are not right for us as Romans to do.
Acts 16:22 The whole crowd turned against Paul and Silas. The officials tore the clothes off both men and ordered that they should be beaten.
Acts 16:23 After the soldiers had beaten Paul and Silas with many stripes, they put them in jail and they told guard to make sure they didn’t escape.
Acts 16:24 Then the guard put Paul and Silas in a room deep inside the jail. He put Paul and Silas feet in blocks of wood.
Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to praise God. The other prisoners were listening to them.
Acts 16:26 Suddenly there was a strong earthquake. The ground and the jail trembled. Immediately all the doors of the jail opened and all the chains of the prisoners fell off.
Acts 16:27 When the guard woke up and saw that the doors of the jail were open, he took out his sword. He wanted to kill himself because he thought that all the prisoners had run away.
Acts 16:28 But Paul shouted very loudly and said to him: Do not kill yourself. All of us are here.
Acts 16:29 The guard asked someone to bring a light and he ran into the room where Paul and Silas were. He trembled and knelt down on the ground in front of Paul and Silas’ feet.
Acts 16:30 The guard took Paul and Silas outside and he asked them: Sirs, what must I do to get saved?
Acts 16:31 They Paul and Silas said to the guard, Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved— you and your family.
Acts 16:32 Paul and Silas told the guard and all the people in his family about the message of the Lord.
Acts 16:33 The guard took them the same hour and he washed their wounds and sores. Then Paul baptised the guard and all the people in his family.
Acts 16:34 The guard took them to his house and he gave them food to eat. He and his family were very happy because he now believed in God.
Acts 16:35 The next morning the Roman leaders sent soldiers to the guard and told him to let Paul and Silas out of jail.
Acts 16:36 The guard said to Paul: The Roman leaders said that I must let you go free. Come out and go in peace.
Acts 16:37 But Paul said to the guard: We are Roman citizens and the Roman leaders told the soldiers to beat us where everyone could see it and they put us in jail. But they did not first take us to a court to judge us. Now they want us to go out of jail and they want no one to know about it. No, they can not do that. Those Roman leaders must come here to this jail themselves and they must let us out.
Acts 16:38 When the soldiers told the Roman leaders that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they became afraid.
Acts 16:39 The Roman leaders came to the jail and told Paul and Silas that they were very sorry for what they had done. Then they walked with them and asked them to go out of their town.
Acts 16:40 Paul and Silas walked away from the jail and they went to Lydia’s house. There they saw the believers and they encouraged them. Then Paul and Silas went away from the town of Philippi.