The Philippian Jailer Converted

Acts 16

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 x Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately y all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here." 29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, z "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 So they said, a "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, b he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

35 And when it was day, the magistrates sent the 1 officers, saying, "Let those men go." 36 So the keeper of the prison reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go. Now therefore depart, and go in peace." 37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us openly, uncondemned c Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out." 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans. 39 Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out, and d asked them to depart from the city. 40 So they went out of the prison e and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 4:31
    And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 5:19
    But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said.
    Acts 12:7
    Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands.
    Acts 12:10
    When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
  3. Cross References
    Luke 3:10
    So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?
    Acts 2:37
    Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?
    Acts 9:6
    So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.
    Acts 22:10
    "So I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.'
  4. Cross References
    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world that He gave His onl...
    John 3:36
    "He who believes in the Son has everlasting lif...
    John 6:47
    Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes i...
    Acts 13:38
    Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, tha...
    Acts 13:39
    And by Him everyone who believes is justified f...
    Romans 10:9 - 11
    That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Je...
    1 John 5:10
    He who believes in the Son of God has the witne...
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
    Luke 5:29
    Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.
    Luke 19:6
    So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
  6. Cross References
    Acts 22:25 - 29
    And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 8:34
    And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
  8. Cross References
    Acts 16:14
    Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
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