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16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra. And, behold, a certain disciple
was there, named Timotheus,
the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess and believed, but his father
was a Greek.
16:2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra
was Paul?).would have to
go forth with him but first took and circumcised
him because of the Jews which
were in those quarters, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.(Greeks
16:4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees
for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at
16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith and increased
in number daily.
16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia
and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost.(how?).to
preach the word in Asia,
16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed
to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit suffered them not.(guided
them in their minds to not go there).
16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man
of Macedonia and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia and help
16:10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured
to go into Macedonia.(this
was 52 A.D.; map
of this journey), assuredly gathering that the Lord had called
us for to preach the gospel unto them.
16:11-13 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course
island in the North-Aegean Sea, on the coast of Thrace, nearly midway between
Troas and Philippi).and the
next day to Neapolis. And from thence to Philippi,
which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia and a colony and we were
in that city abiding certain days. And on the sabbath we went out of the
city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made and we sat down
and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city
of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us,
heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which
were spoken of
16:15 And when she was baptized and her
household she besought us saying, If you have judged me to be faithful
to the Lord, come into my house and abide there. And she constrained us.
16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed
with a spirit of divination
was she possessed? possession
often begins from depression),
which brought her masters much gain.(somehow
others got involved with her and controlled her, caring not for her, but
for what money she could make for them; is mankind any different today?).by
events, predicting the future for those who would pay her).
16:17 The same followed Paul
and us and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God,
which show unto us the way of salvation.
16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved.(grieved
at this poor tormented
woman's condition), turned and said to the spirit, I command
the name of Emmanuel the Christ to come out of her. And he came out
the same hour.
In the original
it means that Paul, being the head of the group, sternly
told her to go away and she did; up to then Paul allowed her to follow
them with her incessant
16:19-22 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains.(people
today are still like this).was
gone, they caught Paul and Silas and drew them into the marketplace unto
the rulers and brought them to the magistrates saying, These men being
Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city and teach customs which are not lawful
for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. And the multitude
rose up together against them and the magistrates rent off their clothes
and commanded to beat them.
16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them they cast them
into prison charging the jailor to keep them safely,
16:24 Who having received such a charge thrust them into the inner
prison and made their feet fast in the stocks.
16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God
and the prisoners heard them.
16:26,27 And suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations
of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and
every one's bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out
of his sleep and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword and
would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do yourself no harm,
for we are all here.
16:29 Then he called for a light and sprang in and came trembling and
fell down before Paul and Silas,
16:30 And brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord
and you shall be saved.(no
'shall be' about it in the original, because when you realize who
you really are there's no 'shall be' involved at all; you come to realize
that you are saved and have been so before
the universe was formed and mankind physically put on the Earth; you
just weren't awakened to that
and that's why you're here; Emmanuel, who was God in the form of
a physical human being, came to save us from what? Our awakening is for
what? What are we to awaken to that's good for us? We need to awaken to
our mindsets that have
caused all our troubles. Awakening to them is the first step in getting
rid of them. How?).and your
16:32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord.(explained
to them the truth of the way to be saved and that included
awakening).and to all that
were in his house.
16:33,34 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their
23 above).and was baptized,
he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house,
he set meat.(a
table of food).before them and
rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
16:35-39 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying,
Let those men go. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul,
The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart and go in
peace. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned,
being Romans and have cast us into prison and now do they thrust us out
privily? Nay verily, but let them come themselves and fetch us out. And
the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates and they feared when
they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them and brought
them out and desired them to depart out of the city.
16:40 And they went out of the prison and entered into the house of
Lydia and when they had seen the brethren,.they
25:35-40; 2Corinthians 1:3).and