Acts 16:25
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,

Berean Study Bible
About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

Berean Literal Bible
Now toward midnight, Paul and Silas praying, were singing praises 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened.

Good News Translation
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to 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.

New Heart English Bible
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and 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.

New American Standard 1977
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the 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,
Study Bible
The Conversion of the Jailer
24On receiving this order, he placed them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.…
Cross References
Job 35:10
But no one asks, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives us songs in the night,

Psalm 119:55
In the night, O LORD, I remember Your name, and I will keep Your law.

Acts 15:22
Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to select men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas called Barsabbas and Silas, two leaders among the brothers,

Acts 16:19
When the girl's owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities in the marketplace.

Acts 16:33
At that hour of the night, the jailer took them and washed their wounds. And without delay, he and all his household were baptized.

Ephesians 5:19
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts 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 saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

Psalm 22:2
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

Psalm 42:8
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

prayed.

Psalm 50:15
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalm 77:2
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

Psalm 91:15
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

sang.

Acts 5:41
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

Psalm 34:1
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. 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 theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

and the.

Ezra 3:12,13
But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: …

Psalm 71:7
I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Zechariah 3:8
Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.







Lexicon
About
Κατὰ (Kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

midnight,
μεσονύκτιον (mesonyktion)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3317: Midnight, the middle of the period between sunset and sunrise. Neuter of compound of mesos and nux; midnight.

Paul
Παῦλος (Paulos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3972: Paul, Paulus. Of Latin origin; Paulus, the name of a Roman and of an apostle.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

Silas
Σιλᾶς (Silas)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4609: Silas, a pet-form of the name Silvanus; a Roman citizen and a helper of Paul. Contraction for Silouanos; Silas, a Christian.

were praying
προσευχόμενοι (proseuchomenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

[and] singing hymns
ὕμνουν (hymnoun)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 5214: To sing, sing hymns to, praise. From humnos; to hymn, i.e. Sing a religious ode; by implication, to celebrate in song.

to
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

God,
Θεόν (Theon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

[other] prisoners
δέσμιοι (desmioi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1198: One bound, a prisoner. From desmon; a captive.

were listening
ἐπηκροῶντο (epēkroōnto)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1874: To listen to, hear, hearken to. From epi and the base of akroates; to listen to.

to them.
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(25) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises.--Better, praying, they Were singing hymns, the Greek expressing one act rather than two. The act was, we may believe, habitual, and they would not intermit it even in the dungeon, and fastened as they were, so that they could not kneel. The hymn may have been one of the prayer-psalms of David, or possibly one of those, of which Pliny speaks in his letters, and which may well have been in use half a century earlier, in which men offered adoration to Christ as God (Epist. x. 96). The words of Tertullian to the martyrs of his time may well be quoted: Nihil crus sentit in nervo quum animus in caelo est; Etsi corpus detinetur, omnia spiritui patent--"The leg feels not the stocks when the mind is in heaven. Though the body is held fast, all things lie open in the spirit" (ad Mart. c. 2).

And the prisoners heard them.--Better, were listening eagerly, the kind of listening which men give to a musical performance. Never before, we may be sure, had those outcasts and criminals heard such sounds in such a place. For the most part those vaults echoed only with wild curses and foul jests.

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. 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.
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