Acts 16:13

“And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And on the Sabboth we went out of the citie by a riuer side, where prayer was wont to be made, & we sate downe, and spake vnto the women which resorted thither.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And 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.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And on the sabbath day we went forth without the gate by a river side, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down, and spake unto the women that were come together.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And on the Sabbath we went outside the town, by the river, where we had an idea that there would be a place of prayer; and, being seated, we had talk with the women who had come together.
- Basic English Bible

And on the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where it was the custom for prayer to be, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had assembled.
- Darby Bible

And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spoke to the women who resorted thither.
- Webster's Bible

On the Sabbath we went beyond the city gate to the riverside, where we had reason to believe that there was a place for prayer; and sitting down we talked with the women who had come together.
- Weymouth Bible

On the Sabbath day we went forth outside of the city by a riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down, and spoke to the women who had come together.
- World English Bible

And in the dai of sabotis we wenten forth with out the yate bisidis the flood, where preier semyde to be; and we saten, and spaken to wymmen that camen togidere.
- Wycliffe Bible

on the sabbath-day also we went forth outside of the city, by a river, where there used to be prayer, and having sat down, we were speaking to the women who came together,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 16:13


16:13 We went out of the gate - The Jews usually held their religious assemblies (either by choice or constraint) at a distance from the heathens: by a river side - Which was also convenient for purifying themselves. Where prayer was wont to be made - Though it does not appear there was any house built there. We spake - At first in a familiar manner. Paul did not immediately begin to preach.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 16:13


Ac 16:13 Went out . . . by a river side. The Ganges, a small river which flows by the city. Where prayer was wont to be made. Where there was a praying place. There seems to have been no synagogue, but a few pious Jews, women at least in great part, met on the river banks, out of the city, for prayer. Spake unto the women. Either Jewish women, or proselytes to the Jewish faith.

Discussion for Acts 16

  • Martha Golds
    According to 2 Timothy chapter 2 verse 15 states, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
  • BSP
    In verse 15 Lydia was so eager in wanting to show hospitality that it's as if she just made them come by being so persuasive and willing.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not on thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him. And he will direct thy paths."
    You are trusting in man.
  • Mihratab Abebe
    How happy those who believe in Christ its so amazing! Praise the Lord,
  • Corine Duval
    I agree totally with you. But how do we know what will come true and what wont, even after we have prayed, believed,trusted, been prophesied to about the same thing over and over have had dreams for years about the samething? I never shared the dreams with anyone a total stranger came to me in a different city and said the same it never happened.
  • Martha donnelly
    what about the promise to rehab the harlet and saving her family?

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