The Acts of the Apostles 16: 22-34
|16:22||And the people rushed together against them. And the magistrates, tearing their tunics, ordered them to be beaten with staffs.|
|16:23||And when they had inflicted many scourges on them, they cast them into prison, instructing the guard to watch them diligently.|
|16:24||And since he had received this kind of order, he cast them into the interior prison cell, and he restricted their feet with stocks.|
|16:25||Then, in the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were praying and praising God. And those who were also in custody were listening to them.|
|16:26||Yet truly, there was a sudden earthquake, so great that the foundations of the prison were moved. And immediately all the doors were opened, and the bindings of everyone were released.|
|16:27||Then the prison guard, having been jarred awake, and seeing the doors of the prison open, drew his sword and intended to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled.|
|16:28||But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying: “Do no harm to yourself, for we are all here!”|
|16:29||Then calling for a light, he entered. And trembling, he fell before the feet of Paul and Silas.|
|16:30||And bringing them outside, he said, “Sirs, what must I do, so that I may be saved?”|
|16:31||So they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and then you will be saved, with your household.”|
|16:32||And they spoke the Word of the Lord to him, along with all those who were in his house.|
|16:33||And he, taking them in the same hour of the night, washed their scourges. And he was baptized, and next his entire household.|
|16:34||And when he had brought them into his own house, he set a table for them. And he was joyous, with his entire household, believing in God.|
The Holy Gospel According to John 16: 5-11
16:5 But I did not tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. And now I am going to him who sent me. And no one among you has asked me, ‘Where are you going?’
16:6 But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
16:7 But I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I am going. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But when I will have gone away, I will send him to you.
16:8 And when he has arrived, he will argue against the world, about sin and about justice and about judgment:
16:9 about sin, indeed, because they have not believed in me;
16:10 about justice, truly, because I am going to the Father, and you will not see me any longer;
16:11 about judgment, then, because the prince of this world has already been judged.