Context14Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15And the evil spirit answered and said to them, I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you? 16And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. 18Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. 19And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.
21Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. 22And having sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia for a while.
23About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning the Way. 24For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen; 25these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, Men, you know that our prosperity depends upon this business. 26You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all. 27Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence.
28When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! 29The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Pauls traveling companions from Macedonia. 30And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him. 31Also some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to venture into the theater. 32So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know for what reason they had come together. 33Some of the crowd concluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the assembly. 34But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! 35After quieting the crowd, the town clerk said, Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell down from heaven? 36So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash. 37For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and proconsuls are available; let them bring charges against one another. 39But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly. 40For indeed we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with todays events, since there is no real cause for it, and in this connection we will be unable to account for this disorderly gathering. 41After saying this he dismissed the assembly.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, who did this.
And there were certain men, seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, that did this.
Darby Bible Translation
And there were certain men, seven sons of Sceva, Jewish high priest, who were doing this.
English Revised Version
And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, which did this.
Webster's Bible Translation
And there were seven sons of one Sceva a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did so.
Weymouth New Testament
There were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew of high-priestly family, who were doing this.
World English Bible
There were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did this.
Young's Literal Translation
and there were certain -- seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest -- who are doing this thing;
'...Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?' --ACTS xix. 15. These exorcists had no personal union with Jesus. To them He was only 'Jesus whom Paul preached.' They spoke His name tentatively, as an experiment, and imitatively. To command 'in the name of Jesus' was an appeal to Jesus to glorify His name and exert His power, and so when the speaker had no real faith in the name or the power, there was no answer, because there was really no appeal. I. The only power which can cast out the evil …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
Two Fruitful Years
The Fight with Wild Beasts at Ephesus
On the Study of the Evidences of Christianity.
Paul's Journeys Acts 13:1-38:31
The Pastoral Epistles.
Whether Baptism May be Reiterated?
Days of Toil and Trial
Pastor in Parish (ii. ).
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