New International Version
In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
King James Bible
So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
Darby Bible Translation
Thus with might the word of the Lord increased and prevailed.
World English Bible
So the word of the Lord was growing and becoming mighty.
Young's Literal Translation
so powerfully was the word of God increasing and prevailing.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
So mightily grew the word of God, and prevailed - The Codex Bezae reads this verse thus: "So mightily grew the word of the Lord, and prevailed; and the faith of God increased and multiplied." It is probable that it was about this time that St. Paul had that conflict which he mentions, 1 Corinthians 15:32 : If I after the manner of men, have fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, etc. See the note there. It means some severe trials not here mentioned, unless we may suppose him to refer to the ferocious insurrection headed by Demetrius, mentioned at the end of this chapter.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'...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
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.
When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
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