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Paul and Silas in prison

Paul and Silas sing in prison and an earthquake strikes.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese
Paul was in the Roman city of Philippi and had shown the power of Jesus to deliver a slave girl from a evil spirit that gave her the ability to tell fortunes.  Her owners, who had made money from her fortune telling, were furious. They stirred up an angry mob who dragged Paul and Silas before the local judges. They sentenced Paul and Silas to be beaten with rods across their backs and put in prison. – Slide 1
Paul and Silas were severely flogged and thrown into prison, – Slide 2
The jailer was threatened with death if they escaped so he took no chances. – Slide 3
He put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet into the stocks. – Slide 4
Despite being in pain and treated very unfairly, around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord. – Slide 5
The other prisoners were listening to them. – Slide 6
Suddenly there was a great earthquake. The prison was shaken to its foundations and all the doors flew open. – Slide 7
The chains of every prisoner fell off! – Slide 8
The horrified jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. – Slide 9
He thought the prisoners must have gone or were trying to escape. – Slide 10
Knowing this would mean death for him, he decided to take his own life there and then. He drew his sword to kill himself. – Slide 11
But Paul yelled to him, ‘Don’t do it! We are all here!’ – Slide 12
Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. – Slide 13
He begged them, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ – Slide 14
They replied, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, and your entire household.’ – Slide 15
Then they told him and all those living with him the Good News about Jesus. – Slide 16
Right away, the jailor washed Paul and Silas’s wounds. – Slide 17
Then he and all his family were baptised. The jailor then took Paul and Silas back to his house for a meal. – Slide 18
The city judges came to see Paul and Silas the next morning and begged them to leave Philippi. After saying goodbye to the new Christians in the city, Paul and Silas continued on their travels. – Slide 19
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