22Â The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23Â After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24Â When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25Â About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.26Â Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyoneâ€™s chains came loose.27Â The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28Â But Paul shouted, â€œDonâ€™t harm yourself! We are all here!â€
29Â The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Â He then brought them out and asked, â€œSirs, what must I do to be saved?â€
31Â They replied, â€œBelieve in the Lord Jesus, and you will be savedâ€”you and your household.â€ 32Â Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33Â At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34Â The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in Godâ€”he and his whole household.
35Â When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: â€œRelease those men.â€ 36Â The jailer told Paul, â€œThe magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.â€
37Â But Paul said to the officers: â€œThey beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.â€
38Â The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39Â They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40Â After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydiaâ€™s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.