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Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
16 Paul[a] came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named (A)Timothy, (B)the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by (C)the brothers[b] at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he (D)took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance (E)the decisions (F)that had been reached by (G)the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 (H)So the churches were strengthened in (I)the faith, and they increased in numbers (J)daily.
The Macedonian Call
6 And (K)they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but (L)the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8 So, passing by Mysia, they went down (M)to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul[c] had seen the vision, immediately (N)we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
The Conversion of Lydia
11 So, setting sail from Troas, we (O)made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to (P)Philippi, which is a leading city of the[d] district of Macedonia and (Q)a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And (R)on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate (S)to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we (T)sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, (U)who was a worshiper of God. The Lord (V)opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, (W)and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she (X)prevailed upon us.
Paul and Silas in Prison
16 As we were going to (Y)the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had (Z)a spirit of (AA)divination and (AB)brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us, (AC)crying out, “These men are (AD)servants of (AE)the Most High God, who proclaim to you (AF)the way of salvation.” 18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, (AG)“I command you (AH)in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And (AI)it came out that very hour.
19 But (AJ)when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and (AK)dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 20 And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. 21 They (AL)advocate customs that are not lawful for us (AM)as Romans to accept or practice.” 22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders (AN)to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner (AO)prison and fastened their feet in (AP)the stocks.
The Philippian Jailer Converted
25 (AQ)About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly (AR)there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately (AS)all the doors were opened, and (AT)everyone's bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and (AU)was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer[e] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he (AV)fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, (AW)what must I do to be (AX)saved?” 31 And they said, (AY)“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you (AZ)and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them (BA)the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he (BB)was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he (BC)rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, (BD)uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and (BE)they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and (BF)asked them to leave the city. 40 So they went out of the prison and visited (BG)Lydia. And when they had seen (BH)the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.
Paul and Silas in Thessalonica
17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to (BI)Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, (BJ)as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them (BK)from the Scriptures, 3 (BL)explaining and proving that it was necessary for (BM)the Christ to suffer and (BN)to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And (BO)some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did (BP)a great many of the devout (BQ)Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 (BR)But the Jews[f] (BS)were jealous, and taking (BT)some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not find them, (BU)they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against (BV)the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is (BW)another king, Jesus.” 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
Paul and Silas in Berea
10 (BX)The brothers[g] immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they (BY)went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, (BZ)examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 (CA)Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek (CB)women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, (CC)agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers (CD)immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and (CE)Timothy remained there. 15 (CF)Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as (CG)Athens, and after receiving a command (CH)for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
Paul in Athens
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was (CI)provoked within him as he saw that the city was (CJ)full of idols. 17 So (CK)he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, (CL)“What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because (CM)he was preaching (CN)Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to (CO)the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this (CP)new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some (CQ)strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
Paul Addresses the Areopagus
22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: (CR)‘To the unknown god.’ (CS)What therefore you worship (CT)as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 (CU)The God who made the world and everything in it, being (CV)Lord of heaven and earth, (CW)does not live in temples made by man,[h] 25 nor is he served by human hands, (CX)as though he needed anything, since he himself (CY)gives to all mankind (CZ)life and breath and everything. 26 And (DA)he made from one man every nation of mankind to live (DB)on all the face of the earth, (DC)having determined allotted periods and (DD)the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 (DE)that they should seek God, (DF)and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. (DG)Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for
as even some of (DI)your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’[j]
29 (DJ)Being then God's offspring, (DK)we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 (DL)The times of ignorance (DM)God overlooked, but (DN)now he (DO)commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed (DP)a day on which (DQ)he will judge the world (DR)in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and (DS)of this he has given assurance to all (DT)by raising him from the dead.”
32 Now when they heard of (DU)the resurrection of the dead, (DV)some mocked. But others said, (DW)“We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius (DX)the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
- Acts 16:1 Greek He
- Acts 16:2 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 40
- Acts 16:10 Greek he
- Acts 16:12 Or that
- Acts 16:29 Greek he
- Acts 17:5 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13
- Acts 17:10 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 14
- Acts 17:24 Greek made by hands
- Acts 17:28 Probably from Epimenides of Crete
- Acts 17:28 From Aratus's poem “Phainomena”