Ma’asei HaShlikhim 16 – מעשי השליחים טז


1Then he arrived at the city of Derbe and Lystra; there was there a talmid whose name was Timoteus, the son of a believing Yehudit, but whose father was an Arami.  2And all the Talmidim of Lystra and Iconium gave good testimony concerning him.  3 Pavlos wanted to take this man with him, so he took him and circumcised him because of the Yehudim who were in that region; for they all knew that his father was an Arami.  4And as they went through the cities, they declared and taught the people to obey the decrees which the Shlikhim and elders had written at Yerushalayim.  5So the congregations were established in HaEmunah, and increased in number daily.

6Then they traveled through the countries of Phrygia and Galatya, and The Ru’akh HaKodesh forbade them to speak the D’var HaElohim in Asia.  7And when they came to the country of Mysia, they wanted to go from there to Bithynia; but the Ru’akh of Yeshua permitted them not.   8And  when  they had left Mysia,  they  came  to  the  country  of  Troas.  9And, in a vision of the night, there appeared to Pavlos a man resembling a Macedonian, standing and begging him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  10And after Pavlos had seen this vision, we were desirous to leave for Macedonia at once, because we understood that Adoneinu had called us to declare HaB’sorah to them.  11When we sailed from Troas, we came in a direct course to Samothracia, and from there on the following day, we came to the city Neapolis;  12and from there to Pilippi, which is the capital of Macedonia, and is a colony; and we were in that city on certain days.  13And on Yom Shabbat we went outside the city gate to the river side because a Beit Tefillah was seen there, and when we were seated, we spoke to the women who had gathered there.  14And a certain woman, named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira, feared Elohim; her heart was so touched by Adoneinu that she listened to what Pavlos said.  15And she was immersed together with her household, and she begged us, saying, “If you are sincerely convinced that I believe in Adoneinu, come and stay in my house;” and she urged us strongly.  

16And it came to pass, as we went to the Beit Tefillah, we were met by a young girl who had a spirit of divination, and who brought her masters great gain by fortunetelling.  17And she followed Pavlos and us, crying and saying, “These men are the servants of El Elyon, and they declare to you Derekh HaKhayim.”  18And she did this for many days. So Pavlos was indignant and said to the spirit, “I command you in the Name of Yeshua HaMashi’akh to come out of her.” And it left her the same hour.  19And when her masters saw that the hope for their business was lost with her power, they seized Pavlos and Shilah and beat them and brought them to the market place.  20And they brought them before the soldiers and the city magistrates and said, “These men are Yehudim, and they create disturbances in our city, 21and they declare customs to us which are not permissible for us to accept and practice, because we are Romans.”  22And a large crowd gathered against them. Then the soldiers stripped them of their clothes and gave command to scourge them.  23And when they had flogged them severely, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to watch them carefully.  24He, having received the charge, brought them in and put them into the inner chamber of the prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25Now at midnight, Pavlos and Shilah prayed and glorified Elohim; and the prisoners heard them.  26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and the bands of all were loosed.  27When the keeper of the prison awoke and saw that the prison doors were open, he took a sword and would have killed himself, for he thought the prisoners had escaped.  28But Pavlos cried with a loud voice, saying to him, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”  29Then he lighted a lamp and sprang in, trembling, and threw himself at the feet of Pavlos and Shilah.  30And he brought them out, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  31And they said to him, “Trust in Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, and both you and your household will be saved.”  32And they spoke to him the D’var  יהוה  , and to all who were of his household.  33And he took them at that hour of the night and washed their wounds; and then was immersed in that very hour, he and all his household.  34And when he had brought them up into his house, he set food before them; and he and all the members of his household rejoiced, trusting in Elohim.

35In the morning, the soldiers sent the rod-bearers to tell the prison warden to release those men.  36And when the keeper of the prison heard this, he went in and told Pavlos, saying, “The soldiers have sent orders to release you; now therefore depart and go in shalom.”  37But Pavlos said to him, “Not having committed any offense, they flogged us, Roman citizens, in the presence of the people, and they cast us into prison; and now do they let us out secretly? No, truly, let them come themselves and take us out.”

38And the rod-bearers went and told the magistrates these words which were told to them; and when they heard that Pavlos  and Shilah were Roman citizens, they were  afraid.  39And they came to them and urged them to get out and depart from the city.  40And they went out of the prison and entered into the house of Lydia where they saw the brethren and comforted them, and departed.  

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