Paul Refuses to Depart Secretly

35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the [a]officers, saying, “Let those men go.”

36 So the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go in peace.”

37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned (A)Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.”

38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans. 39 Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out, and (B)asked them to depart from the city. 40 So they went out of the prison (C)and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

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  1. Acts 16:35 lictors, lit. rod bearers

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