22 眾人就一同起來攻擊他們（保羅和西拉）。官長吩咐剝了他們的衣裳，用棍打； 23 打了許多棍，便將他們下在監裡，囑咐禁卒嚴緊看守。24 禁卒領了這樣的命，就把他們下在內監裡，兩腳上了木狗。
25 約在半夜，保羅和西拉禱告唱詩讚美 神，眾囚犯也側耳而聽。26 忽然地大震動，甚至監牢的地基都搖動了，監門立刻全開，眾囚犯的鎖鏈也都鬆開了。27 禁卒一醒，看見監門全開，以為囚犯已經逃走，就拔刀要自殺。28 保羅大聲呼叫說：「不要傷害自己！我們都在這裡。」
29 禁卒叫人拿燈來，就跳進去，戰戰兢兢地俯伏在保羅、西拉面前，30 又領他們出來，說：「二位先生，我當怎樣行才可以得救？」
31 他們說：「當信主耶穌，你和你一家都必得救。」 32 他們就把主的道講給他和他全家的人聽。33 當夜，就在那時候，禁卒把他們帶去，洗他們的傷；他和屬乎他的人立時都受了洗。34 於是禁卒領他們上自己家裡去，給他們擺上飯。他和全家，因為信了神，都很喜樂。
35 到了天亮，官長打發差役來說：「釋放那兩個人吧！」 36 禁卒就把這話告訴保羅，說：「官長打發人來叫釋放你們。如今可以出監，平平安安地去吧！」
22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27The 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. 28But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family. 35When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”
- Why was the jailer so dramatically affected by Paul and Silas’ behavior? Picture these scenes: the jailer making his prisoners feel at home with his family, Paul and Silas baptizing the family, the group eating a festive meal together, not knowing what would happen to Paul and Silas the next day.
- Talk to God about what touches me the most in this passage. What does that tell me about what I need from God? Ask God for that.
- Paul’s words on salvation to “you and your household” is not a blanket assurance that one’s children will someday be saved, but as assurance that they, like us, can find salvation through faith in the Lord. Do I often pray for the salvation of my family members and mention their names to the Lord? Pray for each one of them NOW!
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)
Do a Bible skit using this passage. Decide how many characters in the skit, assign the different roles. Record the decision on your Family Devotional Journal. Enjoy a dramatic rendition of this incredible episode.