One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met
a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought
her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling.
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out,
"These men are slaves of the Most High God, who
proclaim to you a way of salvation."
She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much
annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I order
you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of
her." And it came out that very hour.
But when her owners saw that their hope of making money
was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them
into the marketplace before the authorities.
When they had brought them before the magistrates, they
said, "These men are disturbing our city; they are
and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as
Romans to adopt or observe."
The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates
had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to
be beaten with rods.
After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw
them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them
Following these instructions, he put them in the
innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing
hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the
foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately
all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were
When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide
open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul shouted in a loud voice, "Do not harm
yourself, for we are all here."
The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell
down trembling before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them outside and said, "Sirs, what
must I do to be saved?"
They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you
will be saved, you and your household."
They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who
were in his house.
At the same hour of the night he took them and washed
their wounds; then he and his entire family were
baptized without delay.
He brought them up into the house and set food before
them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he
had become a believer in God.
The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many
coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his
Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on
His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the
Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the
peoples behold his glory.
All worshipers of images are put to shame, those who
make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down
Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O God.
For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you
are exalted far above all gods.
The LORD loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives
of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the
Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to
his holy name!
"See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to
repay according to everyone's work.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,
the beginning and the end."
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they
will have the right to the tree of life and may enter
the city by the gates.
"It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this
testimony for the churches. I am the root and the
descendant of David, the bright morning star."
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let
everyone who hears say, "Come." And let
everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take
the water of life as a gift.
The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely
I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints.
"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on
behalf of those who will believe in me through their
that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and
I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world
may believe that you have sent me.
The glory that you have given me I have given them, so
that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me, that they may become completely
one, so that the world may know that you have sent me
and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given
me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which
you have given me because you loved me before the
foundation of the world.
"Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but
I know you; and these know that you have sent me.
I made your name known to them, and I will make it
known, so that the love with which you have loved me may
be in them, and I in them."