486-487 : Pauls Second Journey : YEAR 0051

486-487  : Pauls Second Journey : YEAR 0051


After some days, Paul said to Barnabas "Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do."
 But a disagreement arose between them and was so sharp that they went separate ways.
 Barnabas sailed to Cyprus.
 Paul went through Syria and Cilicia and a part of Galatia.
 Then after passing through Mysia, he came down to Troas.
There a vision appeared to Paul in the night.A man of Macedonia stood and begged him,
 saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us."

 And after he had seen the vision, immediately he set out for Macedonia.
 From Troas, he came in a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day to Neapolis,
 and from there to Philippi, which was the chief city of that part of Macedonia and a Roman colony.
And it came to pass as Paul and Silas (a disciple from Jerusalem chosen by Paul to accompany him) went to pray,
a certain girl possessed with a spirit of clairvoyance which brought her masters much gain met them.
She followed them and cried, saying, "These men are the servants of the most high God,
 who tell us the way of salvation."
This she did many days.
 But Paul, being grieved,
 turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her."
And he came out the same hour.
And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas,
 and brought them before the rulers of the city, saying:
"These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
 and teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive, being Romans."


And the multitude rose up together against them,
 and the magistrates tore off their clothing and commanded them to be beaten.
 And when they had laid many lashes upon them, they cast them into prison.
 They charged the jailer to keep them securely, and he, obeying his orders,
had them thrust into the inner prison and locked their feet in the stocks.

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God, and
the prisoners heard them.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. Immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosed.

The keeper of the prison, waking out of his sleep and seeing the prison doors op€en,
 drew out his sword and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.
But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here."
Then the jailer called for a light, and he sprang into the cell trembling,
and fell down before Paul and Silas,
 and brought them out, and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, you and your house."
 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all that were in his house.

And the same hour of the night he took Paul and Silas and washed their wounds; and was baptized, he and all his family.
 And when he had brought them into his house he set meat before them, and rejoiced,
 believing in God with all his household.
And when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go."
 And the keeper of the prison told this to Paul, saying,'"The magistrates have sent word to let you go. Now therefore depart and go in peace."

But Paul said, "They have beaten us openly, uncondemned,
 being Romans, and have cast us into prison.
 How do they thrust us out secretly? No indeed, let them come themselves and fetch us out."

And the sergeants told these words to the magistrates,
 and they feared when they heard that they were Roman citizens.
 And they came and begged their forgiveness,
 and brought them out and asked them to depart out of the city.
And they went out of the prison, and entered the house of Lydia;
 and where they had seen the brethren they comforted them and departed.



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