The Children\'s Chapel

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Paul and Silas were locked up because they told everybody about Jesus

Text Version | Afrikaans | Italian

“What's that noise I hear?”

“What noise?”

“THAT noise! Don't you hear it? It's a strange sound. I haven't heard noise like that in a long time.”

“Uh, do you mean that weird humming sound coming from the other end of the hall?”

“Yeah, that's it! I think it sounds like somebody is singing down there, but who in their right mind would be singing in a place like this?”

“NOBODY! It's cold. It's dark. It's damp. We don't get enough food to eat. And the little bit of food we do get, the rats try to snatch right out of our hands. It's awful in here!”

Man holding onto prison bars in window

“Well, we ARE in jail, remember?”

“Yes! That's exactly what I mean! Who can find anything to sing about in a rotten place like this?”

“You don't think we are just ‘hearing things’ do you? Maybe we've been in here so long that we think the buzzing of the crawling bugs sounds like singing.”

“No, I'm SURE I hear people singing!”

“Well, why don't you ask the guard when he comes by to check the locks. They do that every night, you know. That's the only way I even know it's night. It's dark all the time in this horrible place.”

“You want ME to ask the guard? I can't ask the guard! The last time I tried to ask him anything, he took my pillow. Now I have to lay my head on this hard floor.”

“Oh, all right then. I'll ask him. I'm not afraid of him. Besides, I don't have a pillow for him to take, and I'm a Roman citizen so I know that even if he gets mad, at least he can't beat me.”

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“Huh? What do you want? HOW DARE you bother me when I'm checking locks?!?!”

“We just wanted to know what that strange sound is. It sounds like somebody singing.”

Those two crazy new guys that came in earlier today are singing “Yes! It's singing all right! It's those two crazy, new guys that came in earlier today. They're driving me crazy. I don't understand it at all. Their names are Paul and Silas and they call themselves Christians.

“They got beaten and thrown in jail for teaching people about that Jewish man named Jesus. All they have to do to get out of this place is to quit teaching about Jesus. But, NO — they won't do that. They would rather sit in this cold, dark, nasty jail. It sure doesn't make any sense to me! That's why I came down to this end. All they do down there is sing, sing, sing. Then they pray, pray, pray. Then they sing, sing, sing some more. It is irritating me and really getting on my nerves. I JUST CAN'T STAND IT ANY LONGER!

“HEY! WAIT A MINUTE! Why am I talking to you lousy prisoners? I've got work to do. You two are lucky I'm in a good mood today!”

The guard gruffly went about his business and the prisoners were left to wonder about Paul and Silas.

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The singing continued on, and on, and on. The longer they sang, the louder it became. It was already midnight and they were still singing. It was becoming quite clear that NO ONE would be getting any sleep that night — with, or without a pillow!

Man holding onto prison bars in window

SUDDENLY, the prisoners were gripped with fear.


“Did I really feel the ground move?”

“OH, NO! I think the walls are shaking too!”

“That's an awfully weird noise I hear, and I'm NOT talking about those guys singing down there.”

I think this whole
building is going to come down on top of us and we are all going to be
buried under a pile of rubble

“Listen to the clinking and the clanking! I think this whole building is going to come down on top of us and we are all going to be buried under a pile of rubble.”


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All the chains had
fallen off the hands and feet of the prisoners When the earthquake was over, everyone breathed a deep sigh of relief and looked around. The walls had not fallen on top of them and no one was hurt. The really odd thing was that all the chains had fallen off the hands and feet of the prisoners. They were free to go, but they all just stood there, looking around in astonishment.

Ball and chain

The guard had somehow found a way to sleep through the entire ordeal. When he awoke, he was very afraid. He saw that the chains were lying on the ground, and he thought the prisoners had escaped. He was sure he was in big, big trouble.

Paul saw how fearful the guard was and called out to him. “Don't be afraid. Everything is all right. We are all here. No one tried to escape.”

The guard looked up in disbelief. They had their chance to get out of that dingy, dirty jail, but they didn't leave? He was very puzzled about it all.

He called for someone to get him a light so he could see for himself. He counted the prisoners. Sure enough. They were all there.

He was still trembling when he ran over to Paul and Silas.

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” he asked.

The next morning the guard told Paul and Silas that he had permission to set them free They replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

The guard was so happy! He took Paul and Silas to his very own house. He gently cleaned the wounds they had received from the beating. Then he gave them good food to eat and a nice place to rest.

The next morning the guard had great news. He told Paul and Silas that he had permission to set them free.

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1. Why were Paul and Silas thrown in prison?
2. Why were they able to sing joyfully in that awful jail?


Even on the worst days and in the worst situations, you can still sing and have joy in your heart.


“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live” (Psalm 104:33).


Have you ever found yourself in a bad situation or are you facing one right now, one from which you wish you could escape? Do you think you could sing songs of praise to God when things were going wrong for you? Why or why not?

[After discussion:] Paul and Silas could sing praises to God because they knew Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It was a great honor for them to suffer for Him. Their singing touched the hearts of those around them. It was an amazing testimony to the joy of knowing and trusting Jesus.

In contrast, the prison guard and other prisoners could not sing God's praises because they didn't know Jesus yet. When the prison guard took Paul and Silas home and he and his family gave their lives to Jesus, they all had great joy and rejoiced in the Lord.

What hard place are you going through?

Some people live in prisons of their own making, such as prisons of sin, fear, hate, unforgiveness or self-harm, to name a few. Are you living in a prison of your own making? Ask Jesus to forgive you and He will give you joy, even though you trapped yourself in your own prison. He can set you free and give you a song even in the darkest night. Your joyful testimony can be an example of God's forgiveness that will draw others to Jesus.

Are you suffering just as Paul and Silas because you are serving and pleasing Jesus? Rejoice because the Kingdom of heaven and a great reward are waiting for you.


Dear Jesus, thank You for being with me in every
situation. Help me to remember that I can be
joyful no matter what happens, because I know You
love me and care for me very much. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Acts 16:16-35

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Bible Heroes of Faith: Paul and Silas in Prison (online

Bible on the Go Vol. 45: Paul and Silas; Priscilla and Aquila;
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