Modern Literal Version
[Acts 16]




     {52 AD. Paul going toward Europe.}



     16:1 Now he arrived in Derbe and Lystra, and behold, a certain disciple was there, Timothy by name, the son of a certain believing Jewess and a Greek father. 16:2 He was being testified of by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium. 16:3 This one, Paul wished to go forth together with him, and he tookTimothy and circumcised him because of the Jews who are* in those places; for* they all knew that his father was Greek. 16:4 Now as they were traveling through the cities, they were giving them the decrees, to observe what had been decided by the apostles and the elders who were in Jerusalem.16:5 Therefore indeed, the congregations* were being strengthened in the faith, and were abounding in number every day.




     16:6 Now they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; 16:7 and when* they came down to Mysia, they were attempting to travel to Bithyna, and the Spirit did not permit them; 16:8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 16:9 And a vision was seen by Paul in the night. There was a certain man, a Macedonian, standing, pleading with him and saying, When* you have crossed over into Macedonia, help us! 16:10Now as he saw the vision, we immediately sought to go forth into Macedonia, concluding that the Lord has called us to proclaim the good-news to them.




          {Examples of those who were saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18.}



     16:11 Therefore setting-sail from Troas, we made a straight route to Samothrace, and the next dayto Neapolis; 16:12 and from there to Philippi, which is the first city of that part of Macedonia, aRoman colony. Now we were staying in the city for some days. 16:13 And on the Sabbath day, we went forth outside the city beside a river, where we supposed it to be a place of prayer, and having sat down and we were speaking to the women who had come together. 16:14 And a certain woman, Lydia by name, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira was hearing us and worshiping God, whose heart the Lord opened to take-heed to the things being spoken from Paul. 16:15 Now as she and her household were immersed*, she pleaded with us, saying, If youĎ have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, abideĎhere, having entered into my house. And she constrained us.




     {52 AD. Philippi.}



     16:16 Now it happened, while traveling to the place of prayer, that a certain maidservant encountered us, having a spirit of divination, who was providing her lords much business by fortune-telling. 16:17 This maidservant was crying out, having followed after Paul and us, saying, These men are bondservants of the Highest God, who are proclaiming to us the way of salvation. 16:18 Now she was doing this for many days. But Paul, also being pained, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come forth away from her. And it came out in the same hour.




     16:19 But when* her lords saw that the hope of their business was gone, grabbing Paul and Silas, they dragged them into the marketplace in front of the rulers. 16:20 Having led them to the magistrates, they said, These men, being* Jews, are disturbing our city, 16:21 and are proclaiming customs which it is not legal for us to accept, or to do, being Romans. 16:22 And the crowd stood up together against them, and the magistrates, having ripped off their garments, were commanding the sergeants to lash them with rods. 16:23 And having laid many lashes on them, they cast them into prison, after having commanded the jailor to securely guard them. 16:24 Having received such a command, he cast them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the wood stocks.




          {Examples of those who were saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18.}



     16:25 But toward midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were their audience; 16:26 and suddenly there became a great earthquake, so-that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and instantly all the doors were opened and everyone's bonds were lax. 16:27 But the jailor, came* out of sleep and saw the doors of the prison had been open, drew his sword and was about to assassinate himself, supposing the prisoners to have fled. 16:28 But Paul shouted with a loud voice, saying, Do nothing evil to yourself; for* we are all here.



     16:29 Now when* he asked for lights, he dashed in and came*in trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 16:30 and having led them out, he said, Lords, what is essential for me to do in order that I might be saved?



     16:31 Now they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your house.16:32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him, to all who were in his house. 16:33 And having taken them in that same hour of the night, he fully-washed their lashes, and he and all his household were instantly immersed*.16:34 And he led them up into his house and placed a table before them, and was glad with all his household, all having believed in God.




     16:35 But when* it became day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, Release those men.



     16:36 Now the jailor reported these words to Paul, saying, The magistrates have sent me in order that youĎ should be released. Therefore when* you come out now, travelĎ in peace.



     16:37 But Paul said to them, They have whipped us in public, uncondemned men who are* Romans, and have cast us into prison, and are they now casting us out secretly? No, but when* they come, let them lead us outside.



     16:38 Now the sergeants reported these words to the magistrates and they feared, having heard that they were Romans. 16:39 And when* they came, they pleaded with them, and having led them outside, they asked them to go out away from the city.



     16:40 Now when* they came out of the prison and they entered into the house of Lydia, and having seen the brethren, they encouraged them and went out.





Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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