Lydia (Lid´ee-uh)

1 An area in south-central Asia Minor whose most famous king was Croesus (sixth century BCE). Successively occupied by the Persians, Alexander the Great and his successors, and the Romans, who incorporated it into the province of Asia, it is mentioned in (1Macc 8:8). Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia (Rev 2:18-3:13) were located in Lydia. 2 A woman who, according to (Acts 16:12-15), was Paul’s first convert in Europe (at Philippi in Macedonia). Lydia was apparently a traveling merchant who sold luxurious purple-dyed cloth for a living. According to Acts, she had sufficient means to give extended hospitality to Paul and Silas in her home (Acts 16:15; Acts 16:40).

1Macc 8:8

8the countries of India, Media, and Lydia. These they took from him and gave to King Eumenes.

Rev 2:18-3:13

The Message to Thyatira
18“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose ... View more

Acts 16:12-15

12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.13On the sabbath d ... View more

Acts 16:15

15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevaile ... View more

Acts 16:40

40After leaving the prison they went to Lydia's home; and when they had seen and encouraged the brothers and sisters there, they departed.

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