By Marie Koh
Courtesy of Rod of Iron Ministries
And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul,
“The magistrates have sent to tell you to go:
now therefore depart, and go in peace.”
But Paul said unto them. They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans,
and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us privily?
nay verily; but let they come thrust and fetch us out!”
And the sergeants told these words unto the magistrates; and they feared,
when they heard that they were Romans.
And they came and besought them, and brought them out,
and desired them to depart out of the city.
– Acts 16:36-39
Acts 16:36-39 tells the story of how Paul and Silas were beaten with wooden rods and stripped naked on the street and later thrown into the inner dungeons of the prison; their feet chained and clamped to the wall so that they could not escape.
Around midnight, while they were singing hymns to God, a massive earthquake occurred and the door of their cell opened, and the chains of every prisoner fell off.
The Roman soldier began to fear for his life thinking that the prisoners had escaped, he drew out his sword preferring to kill himself […]