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Acts 16


 1 Then (1) came he to Derbe and to Lystra; and behold, a certain disciple was there, named (*) Timothy, a womanís son, which was a (a) Jewess and believed, but his father was a Grecian,


(1) Paul himself doeth not receive Timothy into the ministry without sufficient testimony, and allowance of the brethren.

(*) Romans 16:21; Philippians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 3:2 .
(a) Paul in his latter Epistle to Timothy, commendeth the godliness of Timothy's mother and grandmother.


 2 Of whom the brethren which were at Lystra and Iconium, (b) reported well.


(b) Both for his godliness and honesty.


  (2) Therefore Paul would that he should go forth with him, and took and (*) circumcised him, because of the Jews, which were in those quarters, for they knew all that his father was a Grecian.


(2) Timothy is circumcised, not simply for any necessity, but in respect of the time only win the Jews.

(*) Lest the Jews should disdain him as one that were profane and without God.


  (3) And as they went through the cities, they delivered them (c) the decrees to keep, ordained of the Apostles and Elders which were at Jerusalem.


(3) Charity is to be observed in things indifferent that so regard be had both of the weak, and of the quietness of the Church.
(c) Those decrees which he spake of in the former chapter.


 5 And so were the Churches stablished in the faith, and increased in number daily.


 6  ∂ (4) Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia, and the region of Galatia, they were (d) (*) forbidden of the holy Ghost, to preach the word in (♣) Asia.


(4) God appointeth certain and determinate times to open and set forth his truth, that both the election and the calling may proceed of grace.
(d) He sheweth not why they were forbidden, but only that they were forbidden, teaching us to obey and not to enquire.

(*) God chooseth not only men, but also appointeth countries where his word shall be preached, and only as he will.

(♣) Meaning, Asia the less.


 7 Then came they to Mysia, and sought to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit (*) suffered them not.


(*) Of Jesus.


 8 Therefore they passed through Mysia, and came down to (*) Troas,


(*) Called also Antigonia, and Alexandria.


  (5) Where a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come into Macedonia, and help us.


(5) They are the ministers of the Gospel, by whom he helpeth such as were like to perish.


 10  (6) And after he had seen the vision, immediately we prepared to go into Macedonia, being (*) assured that the Lord had called us to preach the Gospel unto them.


(6) The Saints did not easily believe every vision.

(*) We ought not to credit visions, except we be assured thereof by the Spirit of God.


 11 Then went we forth from Troas, and with a straight course came to Samothracia, and the next day to (*) Neapolis,


(*) Which is in the borders of Thracia and Macedonia.


 12  ∂ And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city in the parts of Macedonia, and (*) whose inhabitants came from Rome to dwell there; and we were in that city abiding certain days.


(*) In Greek and Latin the word is called Colonia, which cannot otherwise be well expressed, but by such circumstance of words.


 13  (7) And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city, besides a river, where they were wont to (e) (*) pray; and we sat down, and spake unto the women, which were come together.


(7) God beginneth his kingdom in Macedonia by the conversion of a woman, and so sheweth that there is no acception of person in the Gospel.
(e) Where they were wont to assemble themselves.

(*) Where the Christians accustomed to assemble their Church, when the infidels persecuted them.


 14  (8) And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of the Thyatirians, which worshipped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things, which Paul spake.


(8) The Lord only openeth the heart to hear the word which is preached.


 15  (9) And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.


(9) An example of a godly housewife.


 16  (10) And it came to pass that as we went to prayer, a certain maid having (*) a spirit (f) (♣) of divination, met us, which got her masters much vantage with divining.


(10) Satan transformeth himself into an Angel of light, and coveteth to enter by undermining, but Paul openly letteth him, and casteth him out.

(*) Leviticus 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:7-12; 1 Samuel 28:7 .
(f) This is a proper note of Apollo, which was wont to give answers to them that asked him.

(♣) Which could guess and foredeem of things past, present and to come; which knowledge in many things God permitteth to the devil.


 17 She followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto you the (*) way of salvation.


(*) Satan although he spake the truth, yet was his malicious purpose to cause the Apostles to be troubled as seditious persons and teachers of strange religion.


 18 And this did she (g) many days. But Paul being grieved, (*) turned about, and said to the spirit, I command thee in the Name of Jesus Christ, that thou come out of her. And he came out the same hour.


(g) Paul made no haste to this miracle, for he did all things as he was led by the Spirit.

(*) For Sataní subtilty increased, and also it might seem that Satan, and the Spirit of God taught both one doctrine, read Mark 1:34 .


 19  (11) Now when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the Magistrates,


(11) Covetousness of lucre and gain is an occasion of persecuting the truth. In the mean season, God sparing Timothy, calleth Paul and Silas as the stronger, to battle.


 20  (12) And brought them to the governors, saying, These men which are Jews, trouble our city,


(12) Covetousness pretendeth a desire of common peace and godliness.


 21  (13) And preach ordinances, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, seeing we are Romans.


(13) It is an argument of the devil, to urge the authority of ancestors without any distinction.


 22  (14) The people also rose up together against them, and the governors rent (*) their clothes, and commanded them to be beaten with rods.


(14) An Example of evil Magistrates to obey the fury and rage of the people.

(*) To wit, the clothes of Paul and Silas.


 23 And when they had beaten them sore, they cast them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them surely.


 24 Who having received such commandment, cast them into the (*) inner prison, and make their feet (h) fast in the stocks.


(*) Or, in the bottom of the prison, or in a dungeon.

(h) Because he would be more sure of them, he set them fast in the stocks.


 25  (15) Now at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang Psalms unto God, and the prisoners heard them.


(15) The prayers of the godly do shake both heaven and earth.


 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundation of the prison was shaken; and by and by all the doors opened, and every manís bands were loosed.


 27  (16) Then the keeper of the prison waked out of his sleep, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew out his sword and would have killed himself, supposing the prisoners had been fled.


(16) The merciful Lord, so oft as he listeth, draweth men to life, even through the midst of death, and whereas justly they deserved great punishment, he sheweth them great mercy.


 28  (17) But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm, for we all are here.


(17) In means which are especially extraordinary, we ought not to move our foot forward, unless that God go before us.


 29 Then he called for a light, and leaped in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,


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


 31 And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy household.


 32 And they preached unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in the house.


 33  (18) Afterward he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their (*) stripes, and was baptized with all that belonged unto him, straightway.


(18) God with one selfsame hand woundeth and healeth, when it pleaseth him.

(*) Or, wounds, or hurts.


 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he (*) set meat before them, and rejoiced that he with all his household believed in God.


(*) Greek, he set the table.


 35  (19) And when it was day, (*) the governors sent the sergeants, saying, Let those men go.


(19) Shame and confusion is in process of time, the reward of wicked and unjust Magistrates.

(*) The Governors assembled together in the market, and remembering the earthquake that was, they feared and sent.


 36 Then the keeper of the prison told these words unto Paul, saying, The governors have sent to loose you. Now therefore get you hence, and go in peace.


 37  (20) Then said Paul unto them, After that they have beaten us openly uncondemned, which are (*) Romans, they have cast us into prison, and now would they put us out privily? Nay verily; but let them come and bring us out.


(20) We must not render injury for injury, and yet notwithstanding it is lawful for us to use such helps as God giveth us, to bridle the outrageousness of the wicked, that they hurt not others in like sort.

(*) No man had authority to beat, or put to death a Roman citizen, but the Romans themselves by the consent of the People.


 38  (21) And the sergeants told these words unto the governors, who (*) feared when they heard that they were Romans.


(21) The wicked are not moved with the fear of God, but with the fear of men; and by that means also God provideth for his, when it is needful.

(*) For the punishment was great against them that did injury to a Roman citizen.


 39 Then came they and prayed them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.


 40  (22) 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.


(22) We may eschew dangers, so that we never neglect our duty.



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