Acts 16 19-34 ...they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city: and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive and observe. (They were preaching the Good News about Jesus!)

A mob was quickly formed against Paul and Silas and the judges ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden whips. Again and again the rods slashed down across their bared backs and afterwards they were thrown into prison. The jailer was threatened with death if they escaped, so he took no chances., but put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet into the stocks.

Around midnight,as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord, and the other prisoners were listening,suddenly,there was a great earthquake,the prison was shaken to its foundations,all the doors flew open,and the chains of every -prisoner fell off.

The jailer awakened to see the prison doors wide open and assuming the prisoners had escaped he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul yelled to him, don't do it, we are all here. Trembling with fear,the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. He brought them out and begged them, "Sirs what must I do to be saved?" they replied, believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved and your whole house. Then they told him and all his household the goodness from the Lord. That same hour he washed their stripes and he and all his family were baptized. Then he brought them up into his house and set a meal before them. How he and his household rejoiced because all were now believers!

Keep praising God, and your miracle will happen!


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