Acts 19
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1And it came to pass, in Apollos being in Corinth, Paul having gone through the upper parts, came to Ephesus, and having found certain disciples, 2he said to them, “Having believed, did you receive the Holy Spirit?” And they said to him, “But we did not even hear whether there is any Holy Spirit”; 3and he said to them, “Into what, then, were you immersed?” And they said, “Into John’s immersion.” 4And Paul said, “John, indeed, immersed with an immersion of conversion, saying to the people that they should believe in Him who is coming after him—that is, in the Christ—Jesus”; 5and they, having heard, were immersed into the Name of the Lord Jesus, 6and Paul having laid [his] hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, they were also speaking with tongues, and prophesying, 7and all the men were, as it were, twelve.

8And having gone into the synagogue, he was speaking boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading the things concerning the Kingdom of God, 9and when certain were hardened and were disbelieving, speaking evil of The Way before the multitude, having departed from them, he separated the disciples, reasoning every day in the school of a certain Tyrannus. 10And this happened for two years so that all those dwelling in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks,

11also mighty works—not common—God was working through the hands of Paul, 12so that even to the ailing were brought from his body handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them; the evil spirits also went forth from them.

13And certain of the wandering exorcist Jews, took on [them] to name over those having the evil spirits the Name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “We adjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preaches”; 14and there were certain—seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest—who are doing this thing; 15and the evil spirit, answering, said, “I know Jesus, and I am acquainted with Paul; and you—who are you?” 16And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaping on them, and having overcome them, prevailed against them, so that they fled naked and wounded out of that house, 17and this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who are dwelling at Ephesus, and fear fell on them all, and the Name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified; 18many also of those who believed were coming, confessing and declaring their acts, 19and many of those who had practiced the superfluous arts, having brought the scrolls together, were burning [them] before all; and they reckoned together the prices of them, and found [it] fifty thousand pieces of silver, 20so powerfully was the word of God increasing and prevailing.

21And when these things were fulfilled, Paul purposed in the Spirit, having gone through Macedonia and Achaia, to go on to Jerusalem, saying, “After my being there, it is also necessary for me to see Rome”; 22and having sent to Macedonia two of those ministering to him—Timotheus and Erastus—he himself stayed a time in Asia.

23And there came, at that time, not a little stir about The Way, 24for a certain one, Demetrius by name, a worker in silver, making silver sanctuaries of Artemis, was bringing to the craftsmen not a little gain, 25whom, having brought in a crowd together, and those who worked around such things, he said, “Men, you know that by this work we have our wealth; 26and you see and hear, that not only at Ephesus, but almost in all Asia, this Paul, having persuaded, turned away a great multitude, saying that they who are made by hands are not gods; 27and not only is this department in danger for us of coming into disregard, but also, that of the great goddess Artemis, the temple is to be reckoned for nothing, and also her greatness is about to be brought down, whom all Asia and the world worships.”

28And having heard, and having become full of wrath, they were crying out, saying, “Great [is] the Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29And the whole city was filled with confusion; they rushed also with one accord into the theater, having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s fellow-travelers. 30And on Paul’s resolving to enter in to the populace, the disciples were not permitting him, 31and also some of the chief men of Asia, being his friends, having sent to him, were pleading [with] him not to venture into the theater himself. 32Some indeed, therefore, were calling out one thing, and some another, for the assembly was confused, and the greater part did not know for what they had come together; 33and out of the multitude they put forward Alexander—the Jews thrusting him forward—and Alexander having beckoned with the hand, wished to make defense to the populace, 34and having known that he is a Jew, one voice came out of all, for about two hours, crying, “Great [is] the Artemis of the Ephesians!” 35And the public clerk having quieted the multitude, says, “Men, Ephesians, why, who is the man that does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of the great goddess Artemis, and of that which fell down from Zeus? 36These things, then, being undeniable, it is necessary for you to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. 37For you brought these men, who are neither temple-robbers nor slandering of your goddess; 38if indeed, therefore, Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have a matter with anyone, court [days] are held, and there are proconsuls; let them accuse one another. 39And if you seek after anything concerning other matters, it will be determined in the legal assembly; 40for we are also in peril of being accused of insurrection in regard to this day, there being no occasion by which we will be able to give an account of this concourse”; 41and having said these things, he dismissed the assembly.


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