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;26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.27 When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.28 But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!”29 And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas,30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
The Jailer Converted
31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”32 And they spoke the word of [h]the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.34 And he brought them into his house and set [i]food before them, and rejoiced [j]greatly, having believed in God with his whole household.
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