12 June. Acts 16:16-24

12 June. Paul and Silas are beaten and thrown into jail

"Once, while we were going to the place for prayer [in Philippi], a servant girl met us. She had a special spirit in her, and she earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes."

"This girl followed Paul and us shouting, 'These men are servants of the most high God. They are telling you how you can be saved.' She kept this up for many days."

"This bothered Paul, so he turned and said to the spirit, 'By the power of Jesus Christ, I command you to come out of her.' Immediately, the spirit came out."

"When the owners of the servant girl saw this, they knew that now they could not use her to make money. So they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the city rulers in the market place.. and said, 'These men are Jews and are making trouble in our city.'...The crowd joined the attack against them."

"The Roman officers tore the clothes off Paul and Silas and had them beaten with rods. Then Paul and Silas were thrown into jail, and the jailer was ordered to guard them carefully. When he heard this order, he put them far inside the jail and pinned their feet down between large blocks of wood."

          (Acts 16:16-24)

 

 

Each day in Philippi, while crossing the central agora (the Roman market place fringed with pagan temples), Paul was pestered by a slave girl who made her owners rich by fortune-telling.

An evil spirit in her kept shouting and drawing attention to Paul and his companions. Exasperated by this, Paul cast the evil spirit out of the girl – to the fury of her owners who saw their profits disappear immediately.

Paul and Silas were dragged before the Roman magistrates to explain their actions, but their voices were drowned by the chanting of the crowds.

The magistrates ordered them to be stripped and flogged, after which they were flung into prison and locked in the ‘inner cell’ (probably an underground dungeon) until the magistrates met the following morning.

The photo shows a row of shops lining the agora at Philippi, where Paul and Barnabas were hauled before the Roman magistrates.

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