They stay at Lydia’s house (Acts 16:15)

“When Lydia

And her household

Were baptized,

She urged us,


‘If you have judged me

To be faithful

To the Lord,


And stay

At my house.’

She prevailed upon us.”

ὡς δὲ ἐβαπτίσθη καὶ ὁ οἶκος αὐτῆς, παρεκάλεσεν λέγουσα Εἰ κεκρίκατέ με πιστὴν τῷ Κυρίῳ εἶναι, εἰσελθόντες εἰς τὸν οἶκόν μου μένετε· καὶ παρεβιάσατο ἡμᾶς.

The author of Acts indicated that when Lydia and her household (καὶ ὁ οἶκος αὐτῆς) were baptized (ὡς δὲ ἐβαπτίσθη), she urged or encouraged them (παρεκάλεσεν), saying (λέγουσα) that if they had judged her to be faithful to the Lord (Εἰ κεκρίκατέ με πιστὴν τῷ Κυρίῳ εἶναι), would they come (εἰσελθόντες) and stay (μένετε) at her house (εἰς τὸν οἶκόν μου).  She prevailed or persuaded them (καὶ παρεβιάσατο ἡμᾶς).  The baptizing of complete households was common, as seen in Peter and Cornelius in chapter 10:47-48.  Lydia was judged to have been faithful, the prerequisite for baptism.  However, this was the first woman head of household baptized with her whole family.  Was she a single mom?  She must have been a person of wealth with perhaps slaves, since she invited this group of Christian missionaries, that had at least four people, to stay with her.  That would assume a large house for Paul, Silas, Timothy, and the author of Acts.  Paul and his companions accepted this invitation to stay at her house.  The author of Acts continued to insert himself into this story by saying “us”.  He insinuated that he was one of this group of traveling missionaries that went to live with Lydia.  Would you stay in someone else’s house if they invited you?

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