9A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”10When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11So putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis;12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days.13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.
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.
16It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
3I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,4always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,5in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.6For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.7For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.8For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.9And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,10so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;11having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.