|Acts 19 |
1 Now it happened while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and finding some disciples,
2 He said to them, "Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? " And they said to him, "We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
3 And he said to them, "Into what were you baptized then? " And they said, "Into John's baptism."
4 Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in him who was coming after him, that is in Christ Jesus."
5 So when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Now Paul went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for three months, disputing and persuading them about the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9 But when many of them became hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the people, he departed from them and took the disciples with him, disputing daily in the school of Tyrannus.
10 And this continued for two years; so that all those who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11 And God worked special miracles by the hands of Paul;
12 So that handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, and the diseases left them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
13 Then some of the traveling Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to try to call on the name of the LORD Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We command you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."
14 There were seven sons of Sceva, a Jew and chief of the priests, who did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?"
16 And the man who had the evil spirit leaped on them, and overcame them, and overpowered them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded.
17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many who believed came and confessed, telling of their [evil] deeds.
19 Also many of those who used magic arts brought their books together and burned them before all men; and they counted the price of them, and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So the word of God grew mightily and prevailed.
21 Now after these things had happened, Paul purposed in the spirit to travel through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also visit Rome."
22 So he sent two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, into Macedonia; but he himself stayed in Asia for a while.
23 And at the same time there arose no small disturbance about the Way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines for Diana, brought in a lot of business to the craftsmen.
25 These he called together with the other craftsmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that by this craft we have our wealth.
26 Moreover you see and hear, that not only at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods that are made with men's hands;
27 So that not only our craft is in danger to be set at nothing; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worships."
28 And when they heard these words they were full of anger and cried out, saying, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians."
29 And the whole city was filled with confusion; and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the amphitheater.
30 But when Paul would have gone in among the people, the disciples would not let him.
31 Also some of the chief officials of Asia who were his friends, sent to him, pleading with him not to go into the amphitheater.
32 Now some of the people cried one thing, and some another; for the assembly was confused. And most of them did not know why they had come together.
33 And they drew Alexander out of the crowd, the Jews pushing him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand and would have made his defense to the people.
34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, they all cried out with one voice for about two hours, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians."
35 And when the town clerk had quieted the people, he said, "You men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
36 Since then these things cannot be denied, you should be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
37 For you have brought these men here, who are neither robbers of temples, nor blasphemers of your goddess.
38 Therefore if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are proconsuls available. Let them prosecute one another.
39 But if you have any inquiry concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
40 For we are in danger of being called in question for this day's uproar, since there is no cause that we may give for this gathering."
41 And when he had spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
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