Acts 16:15
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New International Version
When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.

New Living Translation
She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. "If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my home." And she urged us until we agreed.

English Standard Version
And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

New American Standard Bible
And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us.

King James Bible
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, "If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us.

International Standard Version
When she and her family were baptized, she urged us, "If you are convinced that I am a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home." And she continued to insist that we do so.

NET Bible
After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, "If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house." And she persuaded us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she was immersed and the children of her house and she was begging of us and saying: “If you are truly confident that I have believed in Our Lord, come lodge yourselves at my house”, and she urged us much.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Lydia and her family were baptized, she invited us to stay at her home. She said, "If you're convinced that I believe in the Lord, then stay at my home." She insisted. So we did.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when she was baptized, with her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and abide there. And she constrained us.

King James 2000 Bible
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she prevailed upon us.

American King James Version
And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

American Standard Version
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there . And she constrained us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying: If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Darby Bible Translation
And when she had been baptised and her house, she besought [us], saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and abide [there]. And she constrained us.

English Revised Version
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there: And she constrained us.

Weymouth New Testament
When she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, "If in your judgement I am a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house." And she made us go there.

World English Bible
When she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and stay." So she persuaded us.

Young's Literal Translation
and when she was baptized, and her household, she did call upon us, saying, 'If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, having entered into my house, remain;' and she constrained us.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:6-15 The removals of ministers, and the dispensing the means of grace by them, are in particular under Divine conduct and direction. We must follow Providence: and whatever we seek to do, if that suffer us not, we ought to submit and believe to be for the best. People greatly need help for their souls, it is their duty to look out for it, and to invite those among them who can help them. And God's calls must be complied with readily. A solemn assembly the worshippers of God must have, if possible, upon the sabbath day. If we have not synagogues, we must be thankful for more private places, and resort to them; not forsaking the assembling together, as our opportunities are. Among the hearers of Paul was a woman, named Lydia. She had an honest calling, which the historian notices to her praise. Yet though she had a calling to mind, she found time to improve advantages for her soul. It will not excuse us from religious duties, to say, We have a trade to mind; for have not we also a God to serve, and souls to look after? Religion does not call us from our business in the world, but directs us in it. Pride, prejudice, and sin shut out the truths of God, till his grace makes way for them into the understanding and affections; and the Lord alone can open the heart to receive and believe his word. We must believe in Jesus Christ; there is no coming to God as a Father, but by the Son as Mediator.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - When she was baptized; showing that St. Paul, as St. Peter (Acts 2:38, 41; Acts 10:47), as Philip (Acts 8:38), as Ananias (Acts 22:16), as our Lord himself (Mark 16:16), had put holy baptism in the very forefront of his teaching (camp. Hebrews 6:2). And her household (comp. ver. 33; 1 Corinthians 1:16; 2 Timothy 4:19). This frequent mention of whole households as received into the Church seems necessarily to imply infant baptism. The exhortations to children as members of the Church in Ephesians 6:1, 2, and Colossians 3:20, lead to the same inference. Come into my house, etc. A beautiful specimen of true hospitality; comp. 1 Peter 4:9; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Timothy 5:10 3John 5-8; also 2 Kings 4:8-10, where, however, the Greek word for "constrained" is ἐκράτησεν, not as here παρεβίασατο, which only occurs elsewhere in the New Testament in Luke 24:29. In the LXX. it is used in 1 Samuel 28:23; Gem 19:3 (Cod. Alex.) 9 (in a different sense); 2 Kings 2:17; 2 Kings 5:16. Her large hospitality does not bear out Chrysostom's remark as to her humble station of lift,.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when she was baptized,.... In water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, according to the commission of Christ, by the apostle, or some one of his companions; by whom she was instructed into the nature and use of this ordinance; and very likely it was performed in that river, by the side of which the oratory stood, where they were assembled:

and her household; they were baptized also, being converted at the same time; these seem to be her menial servants, who came along with her from her native place upon business, and who attended on her; accordingly the Ethiopic version renders it, "and she was baptized with all her men"; and these were believers, and are called "the brethren", Acts 16:40 hence this passage will by no means serve the cause of infant baptism: whether Lydia was a maid, a wife, or widow, cannot be said; it looks, however, as if she had no husband now, since she is mentioned as a trader herself; and whether she had any children or not, is not certain, nor can it be concluded from this clause, for there are many households that have no children; and if she had young children, it is not likely she should bring them with her to such a distant place, whither she was come upon trade and business: the pleaders for infant baptism must prove that she had children; that these were her household, or part of her household here spoken of; and that they were baptized; or this instance will be of no service to their cause:

she besought us, saying, if ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord; this she said, not as doubting whether they had so judged of her, but as supposing it, and taking it for granted, that they had; wherefore she reasons upon it, and argues from it; and the sense is this, that seeing the apostle and his company had judged her to be a believer in Christ, by admitting her to the ordinance of baptism; and she had shown her faithfulness to him, by submitting to it, according to his will; therefore she earnestly entreated them to take up their residence at her house, whilst at Philippi: saying,

come into my house, and abide there; her faith soon worked by love; and by the fruits of righteousness which followed upon it, it appeared to be true and genuine: and she constrained us; Paul and Silas, and Timothy and Luke, and whoever else were in company; she not only invited them, but obliged them to go with her; she would take no denial, and by her arguments, entreaties, and importunity, as it were forced them, and prevailed upon them to go with her.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. And when … baptized … and her household—probably without much delay. The mention of baptism here for the first time in connection with the labors of Paul, while it was doubtless performed on all his former converts, indicates a special importance in this first European baptism. Here also is the first mention of a Christian household. Whether it included children, also in that case baptized, is not explicitly stated; but the presumption, as in other cases of household baptism, is that it did. Yet the question of infant baptism must be determined on other grounds; and such incidental allusions form only part of the historical materials for ascertaining the practice of the Church.

she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord—the Lord Jesus; that is, "By the faith on Him which ye have recognized in me by baptism." There is a beautiful modesty in the expression.

And she constrained us—The word seems to imply that they were reluctant, but were overborne.

Acts 16:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Lydia Converted at Philippi
14A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. 15And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us.
Cross References
Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Acts 11:14
He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.'

Acts 16:31
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."

Acts 16:34
The 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 household.
Treasury of Scripture

And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

when.

Acts 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; …

Acts 8:12,38 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the …

Acts 11:14 Who shall tell you words, whereby you and all your house shall be saved.

Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord …

1 Corinthians 1:13-16 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized …

If.

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints …

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have …

Philemon 1:17 If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother to you, as I suppose, I have written …

3 John 1:5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do to the brothers, and to strangers;

come.

Genesis 18:4,5 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and …

Judges 19:19,20 Yet there is both straw and provender for our donkeys; and there …

Matthew 10:41 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive …

Luke 9:4,5 And whatever house you enter into, there abide, and there depart…

Luke 10:5-7 And into whatever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house…

Romans 16:23 Gaius my host, and of the whole church, salutes you. Erastus the …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained …

2 John 1:10 If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him …

3 John 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers …

And she.

Genesis 19:3 And he pressed on them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered …

Genesis 33:11 Take, I pray you, my blessing that is brought to you; because God …

Judges 19:21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender to the donkeys: …

1 Samuel 28:23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together …

2 Kings 4:8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great …

Luke 14:23 And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, …

Luke 24:29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward …

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained …

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