Acts 16:25
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New International Version
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

New Living Translation
Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.

English Standard Version
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

New American Standard Bible
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

King James Bible
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

International Standard Version
Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

NET Bible
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the rest of the prisoners were listening to them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the middle of the night, Paulus and Shila were praying and singing to God and the prisoners were listening to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God. The other prisoners were listening to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But at midnight as Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God, and the prisoners heard them,

King James 2000 Bible
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

American King James Version
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.

American Standard Version
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And at midnight, Paul and Silas praying, praised God. And they that were in prison, heard them.

Darby Bible Translation
And at midnight Paul and Silas, in praying, were praising God with singing, and the prisoners listened to them.

English Revised Version
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

Webster's Bible Translation
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.

Weymouth New Testament
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

World English Bible
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Young's Literal Translation
And at midnight Paul and Silas praying, were singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were hearing them,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:25-34 The consolations of God to his suffering servants are neither few nor small. How much more happy are true Christians than their prosperous enemies! As in the dark, so out of the depths, we may cry unto God. No place, no time is amiss for prayer, if the heart be lifted up to God. No trouble, however grievous, should hinder us from praise. Christianity proves itself to be of God, in that it obliges us to be just to our own lives. Paul cried aloud to make the jailer hear, and to make him heed, saying, Do thyself no harm. All the cautions of the word of God against sin, and all appearances of it, and approaches to it, have this tendency. Man, woman, do not ruin thyself; hurt not thyself, and then none else can hurt thee; do not sin, for nothing but that can hurt thee. Even as to the body, we are cautioned against the sins which do harm to that. Converting grace changes people's language of and to good people and good ministers. How serious the jailer's inquiry! His salvation becomes his great concern; that lies nearest his heart, which before was furthest from his thoughts. It is his own precious soul that he is concerned about. Those who are thoroughly convinced of sin, and truly concerned about their salvation, will give themselves up to Christ. Here is the sum of the whole gospel, the covenant of grace in a few words; Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. The Lord so blessed the word, that the jailer was at once softened and humbled. He treated them with kindness and compassion, and, professing faith in Christ, was baptized in that name, with his family. The Spirit of grace worked such a strong faith in them, as did away further doubt; and Paul and Silas knew by the Spirit, that a work of God was wrought in them. When sinners are thus converted, they will love and honour those whom they before despised and hated, and will seek to lessen the suffering they before desired to increase. When the fruits of faith begin to appear, terrors will be followed by confidence and joy in God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - But about for and at, A.V.; were praying and singing hymns for prayed and sang praises, A.V.; were listening to(imperfect) for heard, A.V. Prayed, etc. Their proseuche was now the dungeon and the sleeks. But, though they were but two, the Lord was in the midst of them, according to his promise, and manifested his gracious presence in the striking deliverance which follows. Were listening to them; ἐπακροάομαι, found only here in the New Testament. But the substantive, ἐπακρόασις, hearkening ("to hearken," A.V.), occurs in the LXX. of 1 Samuel 15:22. What a scene I The dark inner dungeon; the prisoners fast in the stocks, their backs still bleeding and smarting from the stripes; the companionship of criminals and outcasts of society; the midnight hour; and not groans, or curses, or complaints, but joyous trustful songs of praise ringing through the vault! while their companions in the jail listened with astonishment to the heavenly sound in that place of shame wad sorrow.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, When others were asleep, and all things were still and quiet; See Gill on Psalm 119:62, and they prayed doubtless for themselves, for their deliverance in God's time and way, and for support under their present afflictions; and for supplies of grace, to enable them to bear with patience and cheerfulness, until an issue was put to them; and for their enemies, and, particularly it may be for the jailer, who had used them so ill; and for the churches of Christ, for all the saints, and for the spread and success of the Gospel:

and sang praises unto God; or "sang an hymn to God", very likely one of David's psalms, or hymns: for the book of Psalms is a book, of hymns, and several of the psalms are particularly called hymns; this showed not only that they were cheerful, notwithstanding the stripes that were laid upon them, and though their feet were made fast in the stocks, and they were in the innermost prison, in a most loathsome and uncomfortable condition; and though they might be in expectation of greater punishment, and of death itself; but also that they were thankful and glorified God, who had counted them worthy to suffer for his name's sake:

and the prisoners heard them; for it seems there were other prisoners besides them, and who were in the outer prison: and from hence it appears, that their prayer was not merely mental; nor was their singing praises only a making melody in their hearts, but were both vocal; and it might be chiefly for the sake of the prisoners, that they both prayed and praised in this manner, that they might hear and be converted; or at least be convicted of the goodness of the cause, for which the apostles suffered.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises—literally, "praying, were singing praises"; that is, while engaged in pouring out their hearts in prayer, had broken forth into singing, and were hymning loud their joy. As the word here employed is that used to denote the Paschal hymn sung by our Lord and His disciples after their last Passover (Mt 26:30), and which we know to have consisted of Ps 113:1-118:29, which was chanted at that festival, it is probable that it was portions of the Psalms, so rich in such matter, which our joyous sufferers chanted forth; nor could any be more seasonable and inspiring to them than those very six Psalms, which every devout Jew would no doubt know by heart. "He giveth songs in the night" (Job 35:10). Though their bodies were still bleeding and tortured in the stocks, their spirits, under "the expulsive power of a new affection," rose above suffering, and made the prison wails resound with their song. "In these midnight hymns, by the imprisoned witnesses for Jesus Christ, the whole might of Roman injustice and violence against the Church is not only set at naught, but converted into a foil to set forth more completely the majesty and spiritual power of the Church, which as yet the world knew nothing of. And if the sufferings of these two witnesses of Christ are the beginning and the type of numberless martyrdoms which were to flow upon the Church from the same source, in like manner the unparalleled triumph of the Spirit over suffering was the beginning and the pledge of a spiritual power which we afterwards see shining forth so triumphantly and irresistibly in the many martyrs of Christ who were given up as a prey to the same imperial might of Rome" [Neander in Baumgarten].

and the prisoners heard them—literally, "were listening to them," that is, when the astounding events immediately to be related took place; not asleep, but wide awake and rapt (no doubt) in wonder at what they heard.

Acts 16:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Conversion of the Jailer
25But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened.…
Cross References
Job 35:10
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Psalm 119:55
In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law.

Acts 15:22
Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.

Acts 16:19
When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

Acts 16:33
At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.

Ephesians 5:19
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
Treasury of Scripture

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.

at midnight.

Job 35:10 But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

Psalm 22:2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but you hear not; and in the night …

Psalm 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and …

Psalm 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own …

Psalm 119:55,62 I have remembered your name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept your law…

Isaiah 30:29 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; …

prayed.

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 77:2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, …

Psalm 91:15 He shall call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in …

Matthew 26:38,39 Then said he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even to death: …

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was …

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

sang.

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Matthew 5:10,11 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for …

Luke 6:22,23 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate …

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

2 Corinthians 4:8,9,16 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, …

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us …

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

Philippians 2:17 Yes, and if I be offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, …

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice…

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also …

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice ever more…

James 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;

1 Peter 1:6-8 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

1 Peter 4:14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the …

and the.

Ezra 3:12,13 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who …

Psalm 71:7 I am as a wonder to many; but you are my strong refuge.

Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you, and your fellows that sit …

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