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   1: And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess that believed; but his father was a Greek.
   2: The same was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
   3: Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews that were in those parts: for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
   4: And as they went on their way through the cities, they delivered them the decrees to keep which had been ordained of the apostles and elders that were at Jerusalem.
   5: So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
   6: And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden of the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia;
   7: and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not;
   8: and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
   9: And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: There was a man of Macedonia standing, beseeching him, and saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
   10: And when he had seen the vision, straightway we sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
   11: Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis;
   12: and from thence to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the first of the district, a [Roman] colony: and we were in this city tarrying certain days.
   13: And on the sabbath day we went forth without the gate by a river side, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down, and spake unto the women that were come together.
   14: And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul.
   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.
   16: And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.
   17: The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim unto you the way of salvation.
   18: And this she did for many days. But Paul, being sore troubled, turned and said to the spirit, I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very hour.
   19: But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they laid hold on Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers,
   20: and when they had brought them unto the magistrates, they said, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
   21: and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to receive, or to observe, being Romans.
   22: And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent their garments off them, and commanded to beat them with rods.
   23: And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
   24: who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
   25: But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
   26: and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison-house were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
   27: And the jailor, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.
   28: But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
   29: And he called for lights and sprang in, and, trembling for fear, fell down before Paul and Silas,
   30: and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
   31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.
   32: And they spake the word of the Lord unto him, with all that were in his house.
   33: And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately.
   34: And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God.
   35: But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.
   36: And the jailor reported the words to Paul, [saying], The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore come forth, and go in peace.
   37: But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison; and do they now cast us out privily? Nay verily; but let them come themselves and bring us out.
   38: And the sergeants reported these words unto the magistrates: and they feared when they heard that they were Romans;
   39: and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city.
   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.

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