Acts 16 - World English Bible with Greek
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1 He came to Derbe and Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess who believed; but his father was a Greek.
1 κατήντησεν δὲ [καὶ] εἰς δέρβην καὶ εἰς λύστραν. καὶ ἰδοὺ μαθητής τις ἦν ἐκεῖ ὀνόματι τιμόθεος, υἱὸς γυναικὸς ἰουδαίας πιστῆς πατρὸς δὲ ἕλληνος,
2 The brothers who were at Lystra and Iconium gave a good testimony about him.
2 ὃς ἐμαρτυρεῖτο ὑπὸ τῶν ἐν λύστροις καὶ ἰκονίῳ ἀδελφῶν.
3 Paul wanted to have him go out with him, and he took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts; for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
3 τοῦτον ἠθέλησεν ὁ παῦλος σὺν αὐτῶ ἐξελθεῖν, καὶ λαβὼν περιέτεμεν αὐτὸν διὰ τοὺς ἰουδαίους τοὺς ὄντας ἐν τοῖς τόποις ἐκείνοις, ᾔδεισαν γὰρ ἅπαντες ὅτι ἕλλην ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ ὑπῆρχεν.
4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered the decrees to them to keep which had been ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem.
4 ὡς δὲ διεπορεύοντο τὰς πόλεις, παρεδίδοσαν αὐτοῖς φυλάσσειν τὰ δόγματα τὰ κεκριμένα ὑπὸ τῶν ἀποστόλων καὶ πρεσβυτέρων τῶν ἐν ἱεροσολύμοις.
5 So the assemblies were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
5 αἱ μὲν οὗν ἐκκλησίαι ἐστερεοῦντο τῇ πίστει καὶ ἐπερίσσευον τῶ ἀριθμῶ καθ᾽ ἡμέραν.
6 When they had gone through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.
6 διῆλθον δὲ τὴν φρυγίαν καὶ γαλατικὴν χώραν, κωλυθέντες ὑπὸ τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος λαλῆσαι τὸν λόγον ἐν τῇ ἀσίᾳ·
7 When they had come opposite Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit didn't allow them.
7 ἐλθόντες δὲ κατὰ τὴν μυσίαν ἐπείραζον εἰς τὴν βιθυνίαν πορευθῆναι, καὶ οὐκ εἴασεν αὐτοὺς τὸ πνεῦμα ἰησοῦ·
8 Passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
8 παρελθόντες δὲ τὴν μυσίαν κατέβησαν εἰς τρῳάδα.
9 A vision appeared to Paul in the night. There was a man of Macedonia standing, begging him, and saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us."
9 καὶ ὅραμα διὰ [τῆς] νυκτὸς τῶ παύλῳ ὤφθη, ἀνὴρ μακεδών τις ἦν ἑστὼς καὶ παρακαλῶν αὐτὸν καὶ λέγων, διαβὰς εἰς μακεδονίαν βοήθησον ἡμῖν.
10 When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Gospel to them.
10 ὡς δὲ τὸ ὅραμα εἶδεν, εὐθέως ἐζητήσαμεν ἐξελθεῖν εἰς μακεδονίαν, συμβιβάζοντες ὅτι προσκέκληται ἡμᾶς ὁ θεὸς εὐαγγελίσασθαι αὐτούς.
11 Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapolis;
11 ἀναχθέντες δὲ ἀπὸ τρῳάδος εὐθυδρομήσαμεν εἰς σαμοθρᾴκην, τῇ δὲ ἐπιούσῃ εἰς νέαν πόλιν,
12 and from there to Philippi, which is a city of Macedonia, the foremost of the district, a Roman colony. We were staying some days in this city.
12 κἀκεῖθεν εἰς φιλίππους, ἥτις ἐστὶν πρώτη[ς] μερίδος τῆς μακεδονίας πόλις, κολωνία. ἦμεν δὲ ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ πόλει διατρίβοντες ἡμέρας τινάς.
13 On the Sabbath day we went forth outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together.
13 τῇ τε ἡμέρᾳ τῶν σαββάτων ἐξήλθομεν ἔξω τῆς πύλης παρὰ ποταμὸν οὖ ἐνομίζομεν προσευχὴν εἶναι, καὶ καθίσαντες ἐλαλοῦμεν ταῖς συνελθούσαις γυναιξίν.
14 A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one who worshiped God, heard us; whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul.
14 καί τις γυνὴ ὀνόματι λυδία, πορφυρόπωλις πόλεως θυατείρων σεβομένη τὸν θεόν, ἤκουεν, ἧς ὁ κύριος διήνοιξεν τὴν καρδίαν προσέχειν τοῖς λαλουμένοις ὑπὸ τοῦ παύλου.
15 When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." So she persuaded us.
15 ὡς δὲ ἐβαπτίσθη καὶ ὁ οἶκος αὐτῆς, παρεκάλεσεν λέγουσα, εἰ κεκρίκατέ με πιστὴν τῶ κυρίῳ εἶναι, εἰσελθόντες εἰς τὸν οἶκόν μου μένετε· καὶ παρεβιάσατο ἡμᾶς.
16 It happened, as we were going to prayer, that a certain girl having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by fortune telling.
16 ἐγένετο δὲ πορευομένων ἡμῶν εἰς τὴν προσευχὴν παιδίσκην τινὰ ἔχουσαν πνεῦμα πύθωνα ὑπαντῆσαι ἡμῖν, ἥτις ἐργασίαν πολλὴν παρεῖχεν τοῖς κυρίοις αὐτῆς μαντευομένη.
17 Following Paul and us, she cried out, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation!"
17 αὕτη κατακολουθοῦσα τῶ παύλῳ καὶ ἡμῖν ἔκραζεν λέγουσα, οὖτοι οἱ ἄνθρωποι δοῦλοι τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ὑψίστου εἰσίν, οἵτινες καταγγέλλουσιν ὑμῖν ὁδὸν σωτηρίας.
18 She was doing this for many days. But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" It came out that very hour.
18 τοῦτο δὲ ἐποίει ἐπὶ πολλὰς ἡμέρας. διαπονηθεὶς δὲ παῦλος καὶ ἐπιστρέψας τῶ πνεύματι εἶπεν, παραγγέλλω σοι ἐν ὀνόματι ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ ἐξελθεῖν ἀπ᾽ αὐτῆς· καὶ ἐξῆλθεν αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ.
19 But when her masters saw that the hope of their gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.
19 ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ κύριοι αὐτῆς ὅτι ἐξῆλθεν ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς ἐργασίας αὐτῶν ἐπιλαβόμενοι τὸν παῦλον καὶ τὸν σιλᾶν εἵλκυσαν εἰς τὴν ἀγορὰν ἐπὶ τοὺς ἄρχοντας,
20 When they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men, being Jews, are agitating our city,
20 καὶ προσαγαγόντες αὐτοὺς τοῖς στρατηγοῖς εἶπαν, οὖτοι οἱ ἄνθρωποι ἐκταράσσουσιν ἡμῶν τὴν πόλιν ἰουδαῖοι ὑπάρχοντες,
21 and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans."
21 καὶ καταγγέλλουσιν ἔθη ἃ οὐκ ἔξεστιν ἡμῖν παραδέχεσθαι οὐδὲ ποιεῖν ῥωμαίοις οὗσιν.
22 The multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore their clothes off of them, and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
22 καὶ συνεπέστη ὁ ὄχλος κατ᾽ αὐτῶν, καὶ οἱ στρατηγοὶ περιρήξαντες αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια ἐκέλευον ῥαβδίζειν,
23 When they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely,
23 πολλάς τε ἐπιθέντες αὐτοῖς πληγὰς ἔβαλον εἰς φυλακήν, παραγγείλαντες τῶ δεσμοφύλακι ἀσφαλῶς τηρεῖν αὐτούς·
24 who, having received such a charge, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the stocks.
24 ὃς παραγγελίαν τοιαύτην λαβὼν ἔβαλεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν ἐσωτέραν φυλακὴν καὶ τοὺς πόδας ἠσφαλίσατο αὐτῶν εἰς τὸ ξύλον.
25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
25 κατὰ δὲ τὸ μεσονύκτιον παῦλος καὶ σιλᾶς προσευχόμενοι ὕμνουν τὸν θεόν, ἐπηκροῶντο δὲ αὐτῶν οἱ δέσμιοι·
26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosened.
26 ἄφνω δὲ σεισμὸς ἐγένετο μέγας ὥστε σαλευθῆναι τὰ θεμέλια τοῦ δεσμωτηρίου, ἠνεῴχθησαν δὲ παραχρῆμα αἱ θύραι πᾶσαι, καὶ πάντων τὰ δεσμὰ ἀνέθη.
27 The jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.
27 ἔξυπνος δὲ γενόμενος ὁ δεσμοφύλαξ καὶ ἰδὼν ἀνεῳγμένας τὰς θύρας τῆς φυλακῆς, σπασάμενος [τὴν] μάχαιραν ἤμελλεν ἑαυτὸν ἀναιρεῖν, νομίζων ἐκπεφευγέναι τοὺς δεσμίους.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Don't harm yourself, for we are all here!"
28 ἐφώνησεν δὲ μεγάλῃ φωνῇ [ὁ] παῦλος λέγων, μηδὲν πράξῃς σεαυτῶ κακόν, ἅπαντες γάρ ἐσμεν ἐνθάδε.
29 He called for lights and sprang in, and, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas,
29 αἰτήσας δὲ φῶτα εἰσεπήδησεν, καὶ ἔντρομος γενόμενος προσέπεσεν τῶ παύλῳ καὶ [τῶ] σιλᾷ,
30 and brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
30 καὶ προαγαγὼν αὐτοὺς ἔξω ἔφη, κύριοι, τί με δεῖ ποιεῖν ἵνα σωθῶ;
31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."
31 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν, πίστευσον ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον ἰησοῦν, καὶ σωθήσῃ σὺ καὶ ὁ οἶκός σου.
32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all who were in his house.
32 καὶ ἐλάλησαν αὐτῶ τὸν λόγον τοῦ κυρίου σὺν πᾶσιν τοῖς ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ αὐτοῦ.
33 He took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household.
33 καὶ παραλαβὼν αὐτοὺς ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ τῆς νυκτὸς ἔλουσεν ἀπὸ τῶν πληγῶν, καὶ ἐβαπτίσθη αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ αὐτοῦ πάντες παραχρῆμα,
34 He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God.
34 ἀναγαγών τε αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸν οἶκον παρέθηκεν τράπεζαν, καὶ ἠγαλλιάσατο πανοικεὶ πεπιστευκὼς τῶ θεῶ.
35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go."
35 ἡμέρας δὲ γενομένης ἀπέστειλαν οἱ στρατηγοὶ τοὺς ῥαβδούχους λέγοντες, ἀπόλυσον τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ἐκείνους.
36 The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go; now therefore come out, and go in peace."
36 ἀπήγγειλεν δὲ ὁ δεσμοφύλαξ τοὺς λόγους [τούτους] πρὸς τὸν παῦλον, ὅτι ἀπέσταλκαν οἱ στρατηγοὶ ἵνα ἀπολυθῆτε· νῦν οὗν ἐξελθόντες πορεύεσθε ἐν εἰρήνῃ.
37 But Paul said to them, "They have beaten us publicly, without a trial, men who are Romans, and have cast us into prison! Do they now release us secretly? No, most assuredly, but let them come themselves and bring us out!"
37 ὁ δὲ παῦλος ἔφη πρὸς αὐτούς, δείραντες ἡμᾶς δημοσίᾳ ἀκατακρίτους, ἀνθρώπους ῥωμαίους ὑπάρχοντας, ἔβαλαν εἰς φυλακήν· καὶ νῦν λάθρᾳ ἡμᾶς ἐκβάλλουσιν; οὐ γάρ, ἀλλὰ ἐλθόντες αὐτοὶ ἡμᾶς ἐξαγαγέτωσαν.
38 The sergeants reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans,
38 ἀπήγγειλαν δὲ τοῖς στρατηγοῖς οἱ ῥαβδοῦχοι τὰ ῥήματα ταῦτα. ἐφοβήθησαν δὲ ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ῥωμαῖοί εἰσιν,
39 and they came and begged them. When they had brought them out, they asked them to depart from the city.
39 καὶ ἐλθόντες παρεκάλεσαν αὐτούς, καὶ ἐξαγαγόντες ἠρώτων ἀπελθεῖν ἀπὸ τῆς πόλεως.
40 They went out of the prison, and entered into Lydia's house. When they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them, and departed.
40 ἐξελθόντες δὲ ἀπὸ τῆς φυλακῆς εἰσῆλθον πρὸς τὴν λυδίαν, καὶ ἰδόντες παρεκάλεσαν τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς καὶ ἐξῆλθαν.
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