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Timothy Accompanies Paul and Silas
1 And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there named#Literally “by name” Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman but of a Greek father, 2who was well spoken of by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted this one to go with him, and he took him#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“took”) has been translated as a finite verb circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was Greek. 4And as they went through the towns, they passed on to them to observe the rules that had been decided by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5So the churches were being strengthened in the faith and were growing in number every day.
Paul’s Vision of a Man of Macedonia
6And they traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been prevented by the Holy Spirit from speaking the message in Asia.#A reference to the Roman province of Asia (modern Asia Minor) 7And when they#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“came”) which is understood as temporal came to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them. 8So going through Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9And a vision appeared to Paul during the night: a certain Macedonian man was standing there and imploring him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“come over”) has been translated as a finite verb help us!” 10And when he had seen the vision, we wanted at once to go away to Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
The Conversion of Lydia at Philippi
11So putting out to sea from Troas, we sailed a straight course to Samothrace, and on the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of that district of Macedonia, a Roman colony. And we were staying in this city for some days. 13And on the day of the Sabbath, we went outside the city gate beside the river, where we thought there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“sat down”) has been translated as a finite verb spoke to the women assembled there. 14And a certain woman named#Literally “by name” Lydia from the city of Thyatira, a merchant dealing in purple cloth who showed reverence for God, was listening. The Lord opened her#Literally “whose” heart to pay attention to what was being said by Paul. 15And after she was baptized, and her household, she urged us,#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation saying, “If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come to my house and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“come”) has been translated as a finite verb stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
Paul and Silas Imprisoned
16And it happened that as#*Here “as” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“were going”) we were going to the place of prayer, a certain female slave who had a spirit of divination#Literally “a spirit of Python”; Python was the name of the serpent or dragon that guarded the Delphic oracle at the foot of Mt. Parnassus and the word eventually came to be used for a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing a large profit to her owners by#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the infinitive (“fortune-telling”) which is understood as means fortune-telling. 17She followed Paul and us and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“followed”) has been translated as a finite verb was crying out, saying, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation!” 18And she was doing this for many days. But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed and turning around, said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out immediately.#Literally “that same hour”
19But when#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal her owners saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“seized”) has been translated as a finite verb dragged them#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation into the marketplace before the rulers. 20And when they#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“had brought”) which is understood as temporal had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews, 21and are proclaiming customs that are not permitted for us to accept or to practice, because we#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“are”) which is understood as causal are Romans!” 22And the crowd joined in attacking them, and the chief magistrates tore off their clothing and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“tore off”) has been translated as a finite verb gave orders to beat them#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation with rods. 23And after they#*Here “after” is supplied as a component of the participle (“had inflicted”) which is understood as temporal had inflicted many blows on them, they threw them#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation into prison, giving orders to the jailer to guard them securely. 24Having received such an order, he#Literally “who” put them in the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.#Or possibly “to the block of wood,” referring to a log to which the prisoners were chained or tied
The Conversion of the Philippian Jailer
25Now about midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“were praying”) has been translated as a finite verb singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and all the bonds#Or “chains” were unfastened. 27And after#*Here “after” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was”) which is understood as temporal the jailer was awake and saw the doors of the prison open, he drew his#*Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun sword and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“drew”) has been translated as a finite verb was about to kill himself, because he#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“thought”) which is understood as causal thought the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, “Do no harm to yourself, for we are all here!” 29And demanding lights, he rushed in and, beginning to tremble,#Literally “became trembling” fell down at the feet of Paul and Silas. 30And he brought them outside and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“brought”) has been translated as a finite verb said, “Sirs, what must I do so that I can be saved?” 31And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household!” 32And they spoke the message of the Lord to him, together with all those in his house. 33And he took them at that very hour of the night and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“took”) has been translated as a finite verb washed their#*Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun wounds, and he himself was baptized at once, and all those of his household.#*The word “household” is not in the Greek text, but is supplied from the previous verse 34And he brought them up into his#*Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun house and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“brought … up”) has been translated as a finite verb set a meal before them,#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation and rejoiced greatly that he had believed in God with his whole household.
Paul and Silas Receive an Official Apology
35And when it#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“was”) was day, the chief magistrates sent the police officers, saying, “Release those men.” 36And the jailer reported these words to Paul: “The chief magistrates have sent an order#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation that you should be released. So come out now and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“come out”) has been translated as a finite verb go in peace!” 37But Paul said to them, “They beat us in public without due process—men who are Roman citizens—and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“beat”) has been translated as a finite verb threw us#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation into prison, and now they are wanting to release us secretly? Certainly not! Rather let them come themselves and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“come”) has been translated as a finite verb bring us out!” 38So the police officers reported these words to the chief magistrates, and they were afraid when they#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“heard”) which is understood as temporal heard that they were Roman citizens. 39And they came and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“came”) has been translated as a finite verb apologized to#Or “reassured”; or “conciliated” them, and after they#*Here “after” is supplied as a component of the participle (“brought … out”) which is understood as temporal brought them#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation out they asked them#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation to depart from the city. 40And when they#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“came out”) which is understood as temporal came out of the prison, they went to Lydia and when they#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal saw them,#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation they encouraged the brothers and departed.
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