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New Testament in a Year - July 18


Acts 16:16-40 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

July 18

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Paul and Silas in Jail
16One time something happened to us while we were going to the place for prayer.
A servant girl met us. She had a special spirit* in her. This spirit gave her the
power to tell what would happen in the future. By doing this she earned a lot of
money for the men who owned her. 17This girl followed Paul and us. She said loudly,
"These men are servants of the Most High God! They are telling you how you can be
saved!" 18She continued doing this for many days. This bothered Paul, so he turned
and said to the spirit, "By the power of Jesus Christ, I command you to come out
of her!" Immediately, the spirit came out.

19The men that owned the servant girl saw this. These men knew that now they could
not use her to make money. So they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them into
the meeting place of the city. The city officials were there. 20The men brought
Paul and Silas to the leaders and said, "These men are Jews. They are making trouble
in our city. 21They are telling the people to do things that are not right for us.
We are Roman citizens and cannot do these things." 22The people were against Paul
and Silas. Then the leaders tore the clothes of Paul and Silas and told some men
to beat Paul and Silas with rods. 23The men beat Paul and Silas many times. Then
the leaders put Paul and Silas in jail. The leaders told the jailer, "Guard them
very carefully!" 24The jailer heard this special order. So he put Paul and Silas
far inside the jail. He tied their feet between large blocks of wood.

25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to God. The other
prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly, there was a big earthquake. It was
so strong that it shook the foundation of the jail. Then all the doors of the jail
opened. All the prisoners were freed from their chains. 27The jailer woke up. He
saw that the jail doors were open. He thought that the prisoners had already escaped.
So the jailer got his sword and was ready to kill himself.* 28But Paul shouted,
"Don't hurt yourself! We are all here!" 29The jailer told someone to bring a light.
Then he ran inside. He was shaking. He fell down in front of Paul and Silas. 30Then
he brought them outside and said, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" 31They said
to him, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved--you and all the people
living in your house." 32So Paul and Silas told the message* of the Lord to the
jailer and all the people in his house. 33It was late at night, but the jailer took
Paul and Silas and washed their wounds. Then the jailer and all his people were
baptized.* 34After this the jailer took Paul and Silas home and gave them some food.
All the people were very happy because they now believed in God.

35The next morning, the leaders sent some soldiers to tell the jailer, "Let these
men (Paul and Silas) go free!" 36The jailer said to Paul, "The leaders have sent
these soldiers to let you go free. You can leave now. Go in peace." 37But Paul
said to the soldiers, "Your leaders did not prove that we did wrong. But they beat
us in front of the people and put us in jail. We are Roman citizens,* [so we have
rights]. Now the leaders want to make us go quietly. No! The leaders must come and
bring us out!" 38The soldiers told the leaders what Paul said. When the leaders
heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens,* they were afraid. 39So they came
and told Paul and Silas they were sorry. They took Paul and Silas out of jail and
asked them to leave the city. 40But when Paul and Silas came out of the jail, they
went to Lydia's house. They saw some of the believers there and comforted them.
Then Paul and Silas left.

Footnotes: spirit A spirit from the devil that gave special knowledge. kill himself
He thought the leaders would kill him for letting the prisoners escape. message,
Good News The news that God has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven
and live with Him forever. baptized A Greek word meaning to be immersed, dipped,
or buried briefly under water. Roman citizens Roman law said that Roman citizens
must not be beaten before their trial.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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