The Churches – Acts 16

Acts 16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a  certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a  certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his  father was a Greek: 

Acts 16:2 Which was well reported of by  the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 

Acts 16:3 Him  would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and  circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those  quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.  

Acts 16:4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered  them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the  apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 

Acts 16:5 And so  were the churches established in the faith, and increased in  number daily. 

Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout  Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the  Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 

Acts 16:7 After they  were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but  the Spirit suffered them not. 

Acts 16:8 And they passing by  Mysia came down to Troas. 

Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared  to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and  prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help  us. 

Acts 16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately  we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering  that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto  them. 


Acts 16:11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with  a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to  Neapolis; 

Acts 16:12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the  chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we  were in that city abiding certain days. 

Acts 16:13 And on the  sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer  was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the  women which resorted thither.  

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of  purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God,  heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended  unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 

Acts 16:15 And  when she was baptized, and her household, she besought  us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord,  come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained  us.   

Acts 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a  certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us,  which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:  

Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying,  These men are the servants of the most high God, which  shew unto us the way of salvation. 

Acts 16:18 And this did she  many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the  spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come  out of her. And he came out the same hour.  

Acts 16:19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their  gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew  them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 

Acts 16:20 And  brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being  Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 

Acts 16:21 And teach  customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to  observe, being Romans. 

Acts 16:22 And the multitude rose up  together against them: and the magistrates rent off their  clothes, and commanded to beat them. 

Acts 16:23 And when  they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into  prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely: 

Acts 16:24  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the  inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.   

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang  praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 

Acts 16:26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the  foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all  the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.  

Acts 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his  sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his  sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the  prisoners had been fled. 

Acts 16:28 But Paul cried with a loud  voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.  

Acts 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came  trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 

Acts 16:30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be  saved? 

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus  Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 

Acts 16:32 And  they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that  were in his house. 

Acts 16:33 And he took them the same hour  of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized,  he and all his, straightway. 

Acts 16:34 And when he had  brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and  rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. 

Acts 16:35 And  when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying,  Let those men go. 

Acts 16:36 And the keeper of the prison told  this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go:  now therefore depart, and go in peace. 

Acts 16:37 But Paul  said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned,  being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do  they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come  themselves and fetch us out. 

Acts 16:38 And the serjeants told  these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when  they heard that they were Romans. 

Acts 16:39 And they came  and besought them, and brought them out, and desired  them to depart out of the city. 

Acts 16:40 And they went out  of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia and  when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and  departed.  KJV

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