Lydia Baptized at Philippi

Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. — Acts 16:11-15.

Luke records that they sail from Troas to Philippi, the main city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony. They halt there for some days. On the Sabbath day they go out of the city to the riverside where prayer is customarily made. They sit down and speak to the women who meet there. The Lord opens the heart of Lydia, a trader of purple from the city of Thyatira, and a worshipper of God. She responds to the gospel preached by Paul. She and her household are baptized. She begs and persuades the party to stay at her house.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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