11 From Troasi we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi,j a Roman colony and the leading city of that districta of Macedonia.k And we stayed there several days.
13 On the Sabbathl we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatiram named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heartn to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her householdo were baptized,p she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer,q we were met by a female slave who had a spiritr by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God,s who are telling you the way to be saved.”
The text and meaning of the Greek for the leading city of that district are uncertain.