The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 16:25–40

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25  Now about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

25  Then, in the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were praying and praising God. And those who were also in custody were listening to them.

25  Now at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and glorified God; and the prisoners heard them.

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26  And 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 were loosed.

26  Yet truly, there was a sudden earthquake, so great that the foundations of the prison were moved. And immediately all the doors were opened, and the bindings of everyone were released.

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27  And becoming awake, the prison keeper, seeing the doors of the prison open, drawing a sword, he was about to kill himself, supposing the prisoners to have escaped.

27  Then the prison guard, having been jarred awake, and seeing the doors of the prison open, drew his sword and intended to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.

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28  But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here."

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29  And asking for a light he rushed in, and he came trembling, and fell before Paul and Silas,

29  Then calling for a light, he entered. And trembling, he fell before the feet of Paul and Silas.

29  Then he lighted a lamp, and sprang in, trembling, and threw himself at the feet of Paul and Silas.

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30  and he brought them forth outside and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

30  and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

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31  And they said, "Believe on YHWH Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, you and your household."

31  So they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and then you will be saved, with your household.”

31  And they said to him, Believe in our LORD Jesus Christ, and both you and your household will be saved.

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32  And they spoke the word of YHWH to him and to all those in his house.

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33  And taking them along in that same hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he and all his family were baptized.

33  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately.

33  And he, taking them in the same hour of the night, washed their scourges. And he was baptized, and next his entire household.

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34  And bringing them up into his house, he set a meal before them; and he rejoiced with his whole house, having believed in God.

34  And when he had brought them into his own house, he set a table for them. And he was joyous, with his entire household, believing in God.

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35  Now when it became day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, "Release those men."

35  And when daylight had arrived, the magistrates sent the attendants, saying, “Release those men.”

35  In the morning, the soldiers sent the lictors to tell the prison warden to release those men.

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36  And the prison keeper announced these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent so that you may be released. Now therefore depart, and go in peace."

36  And the jailor reported the words to Paul, [saying], The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore come forth, and go in peace.

36  But the prison guard reported these words to Paul: “The magistrates have sent to have you released. Now therefore, depart. Go in peace.”

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37  But Paul said to them, "They beat us publicly, although we were uncondemned Romans, and they cast [us] into prison, and now do they cast us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and lead us out."

37  But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men that are Romans, and have cast us into prison; and do they now cast us out privily? Nay verily; but let them come themselves and bring us out.

37  But Paul said to him, Not having committed any offense, they flogged us, Roman citizens, in the presence of the people, and they cast us into prison; and now do they let us out secretly? No verily; let them come themselves and fetch us out.

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38  And the officers related to the magistrates these words, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.

38  and let us drive them away.” Then the attendants reported these words to the magistrates. And upon hearing that they were Romans, they were afraid.

38  And the lictors went and told the soliers these words which were told to them: and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were afraid.

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39  And coming, they appealed to them, and bringing them out, they asked them to depart from the city.

39  and they came and besought them; and when they had brought them out, they asked them to go away from the city.

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40  And coming out from the prison, they entered into [the house of] Lydia; and seeing the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.

40  And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house] of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.