NKJVNew King James Version
16Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl #Lev. 19:31; 20:6, 27; Deut. 18:11; 1 Sam. 28:3, 7; 2 Kin. 21:6; 1 Chr. 10:13; Is. 8:19possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters #Acts 19:24much profit by fortune-telling. 17This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18And this she did for many days.
But Paul, #Mark 1:25, 34greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” #Mark 16:17And he came out that very hour. 19But #Acts 16:16; 19:25, 26when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and #Matt. 10:18dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
20And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, #1 Kin. 18:17; Acts 17:8exceedingly trouble our city; 21and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” 22Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes #2 Cor. 6:5; 11:23, 25; 1 Thess. 2:2and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 23And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 24Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
The Philippian Jailer Saved
25But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26#Acts 4:31Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately #Acts 5:19; 12:7, 10all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
29Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30And he brought them out and said, #Luke 3:10; Acts 2:37; 9:6; 22:10“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
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