IN THOSE DAYS, as the apostles were going to prayer, they met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. As she followed Paul and Silas, she would cry out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us a way of salvation.” She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, becoming greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the Name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And the spirit came out that very moment. 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 causing unrest in our city, they are Jews and are teaching customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or observe.”The crowd also joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped and flogged. After they had given them a severe flogging, the magistrates threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. Following these instructions, the jailer 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 unfastened. 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 in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” They spoke the word of God to him and to all who were in his household. At the same hour of the night, the jailer took them and washed their wounds, then he and his entire household were baptized without delay. He brought them up into his house and set food before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced for believing in God.