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English Majority Text Version 2009

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16:1Now he arrived at Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek,
16:2who had a good testimony by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium.
16:3Paul wanted [Timothy] to accompany him, and taking him, he circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
16:4And as they were going through the cities, they were delivering to them the decrees to keep, which had been decided by the apostles and the elders at Jerusalem.
16:5Therefore the churches were strengthened in the faith, and were growing in number each day.
16:6Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the Galatian region, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit from speaking the word in Asia,
16:7having come to Mysia they attempted to go to Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.
16:8So they bypassed Mysia, and went down to Troas.
16:9And a vision appeared during the night to Paul. A certain man of Macedonia was standing, urging him, and saying, "Come across to Macedonia and help us."
16:10Now when he saw the vision, immediately we sought to go out to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
16:11Therefore, putting to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis,
16:12and from there to Philippi, which is chief of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were spending some days in that very city.
16:13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the city beside a river, where prayer was customarily made; and having sat down we spoke to the women who assembled together [there].
16:14And a certain woman named Lydia, a dealer of purple cloth of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, heard us, whose heart the Lord opened to give heed to the things spoken by Paul.
16:15And when she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay."So she persuaded us.
16:16Now it came to pass, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl, having a spirit of Python, met us, who brought much profit to her masters by fortune telling.
16:17This girl, following after Paul and us, was crying out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation."
16:18And this she did for many days. But Paul, being greatly annoyed and turning around, said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her."And he came out in that very hour.
16:19And when her masters saw that the hope of their profit was gone, they took Paul and Silas, and dragged [them] to the marketplace to the rulers.
16:20And bringing them to the magistrates they said, "These men, being Jews, are agitating our city;
16:21and they are proclaiming customs which are not lawful for us to receive or to do, since we are Romans."
16:22And the crowd rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore their clothes and ordered [men] to beat [them] with rods.
16:23And when they laid many strokes on them, they cast them into prison, commanding the prison keeper to keep them securely;
16:24who, having received such a command, cast them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
16:25Now about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
16:26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and all the bonds were loosed.
16:27And becoming awake, the prison keeper, seeing the doors of the prison open, drawing a sword, he was about to kill himself, supposing the prisoners to have escaped.
16:28But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here."
16:29And asking for a light he rushed in, and he came trembling, and fell before Paul and Silas,
16:30and he brought them forth outside and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
16:31And they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, you and your household."
16:32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all those in his house.
16:33And taking them along in that same hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he and all his family were baptized.
16:34And bringing them up into his house, he set a meal before them; and he rejoiced with his whole house, having believed in God.
16:35Now when it became day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, "Release those men."
16:36And the prison keeper announced these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent so that you may be released. Now therefore depart, and go in peace."
16:37But Paul said to them, "They beat us publicly, although we were uncondemned Romans, and they cast [us] into prison, and now do they cast us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and lead us out."
16:38And the officers related to the magistrates these words, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.
16:39And coming, they appealed to them, and bringing them out, they asked them to depart from the city.
16:40And coming out from the prison, they entered into [the house of] Lydia; and seeing the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries