16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you [a]the way of salvation.”18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very [b]moment.
19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was [c]gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities,20 and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews,21 and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”
Paul and Silas Imprisoned
22 The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their [d]robes off them and proceeded to order [e]them to be beaten with rods.23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;24 [f]and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the [g]stocks.
25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
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