Bible: Acts 19:1-20:31
Disciples of John the Baptist at Ephesus
19:1 While 1 Apollos was in Corinth, 2 Paul went through the inland 3 regions 4 and came to Ephesus. 5 He 6 found some disciples there 7 19:2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” 8 They replied, 9 “No, we have not even 10 heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 19:3 So Paul 11 said, “Into what then were you baptized?” “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. 12 19:4 Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, 13 that is, in Jesus.” 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, 19:6 and when Paul placed 14 his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came 15 upon them, and they began to speak 16 in tongues and to prophesy. 17 19:7 (Now there were about twelve men in all.) 18
Paul Continues to Minister at Ephesus
19:8 So Paul 19 entered 20 the synagogue 21 and spoke out fearlessly 22 for three months, addressing 23 and convincing 24 them about the kingdom of God. 25 19:9 But when 26 some were stubborn 27 and refused to believe, reviling 28 the Way 29 before the congregation, he left 30 them and took the disciples with him, 31 addressing 32 them every day 33 in the lecture hall 34 of Tyrannus. 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 35 both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 36
The Seven Sons of Sceva
19:11 God was performing extraordinary 37 miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 38 were brought 39 to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 40 19:13 But some itinerant 41 Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 42 of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 43 evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 44 you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 45 Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 46 19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 47 “I know about Jesus 48 and I am acquainted with 49 Paul, but who are you?” 50 19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 51 the evil spirit jumped on 52 them and beat them all into submission. 53 He prevailed 54 against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 55 both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 56 them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 57 19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 58 confessing and making their deeds known. 59 19:19 Large numbers 60 of those who had practiced magic 61 collected their books 62 and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 63 When 64 the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 65 19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 66 continued to grow in power 67 and to prevail. 68
A Riot in Ephesus
19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 69 Paul resolved 70 to go to Jerusalem, 71 passing through Macedonia 72 and Achaia. 73 He said, 74 “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 75 19:22 So after sending 76 two of his assistants, 77 Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 78 he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 79
19:23 At 80 that time 81 a great disturbance 82 took place concerning the Way. 83 19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 84 of Artemis, 85 brought a great deal 86 of business 87 to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 88 these 89 together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 90 and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 91 comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 92 and turned away 93 a large crowd, 94 not only in Ephesus 95 but in practically all of the province of Asia, 96 by saying 97 that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 98 19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 99 but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 100 will be regarded as nothing, 101 and she whom all the province of Asia 102 and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 103
19:28 When 104 they heard 105 this they became enraged 106 and began to shout, 107 “Great is Artemis 108 of the Ephesians!” 19:29 The 109 city was filled with the uproar, 110 and the crowd 111 rushed to the theater 112 together, 113 dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. 19:30 But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, 114 the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 115 who were his friends sent 116 a message 117 to him, urging him not to venture 118 into the theater. 19:32 So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. 119 19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 120 it was about 121 Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 122 Alexander, gesturing 123 with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 124 before the public assembly. 125 19:34 But when they recognized 126 that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 127 “Great is Artemis 128 of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 129 19:35 After the city secretary 130 quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 131 is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 132 of the temple of the great Artemis 133 and of her image that fell from heaven? 134 19:36 So because these facts 135 are indisputable, 136 you must keep quiet 137 and not do anything reckless. 138 19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 139 nor blasphemers of our goddess. 140 19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 141 against someone, the courts are open 142 and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 143 19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 144 it will have to be settled 145 in a legal assembly. 146 19:40 For 147 we are in danger of being charged with rioting 148 today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 149 this disorderly gathering.” 150 19:41 After 151 he had said 152 this, 153 he dismissed the assembly. 154
Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece
20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 155 them and saying farewell, 156 he left to go to Macedonia. 157 20:2 After he had gone through those regions 158 and spoken many words of encouragement 159 to the believers there, 160 he came to Greece, 161 20:3 where he stayed 162 for three months. Because the Jews had made 163 a plot 164 against him as he was intending 165 to sail 166 for Syria, he decided 167 to return through Macedonia. 168 20:4 Paul 169 was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, 170 Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, 171 Gaius 172 from Derbe, 173 and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 174 20:5 These had gone on ahead 175 and were waiting for us in Troas. 176 20:6 We 177 sailed away from Philippi 178 after the days of Unleavened Bread, 179 and within five days 180 we came to the others 181 in Troas, 182 where we stayed for seven days. 20:7 On the first day 183 of the week, when we met 184 to break bread, Paul began to speak 185 to the people, and because he intended 186 to leave the next day, he extended 187 his message until midnight. 20:8 (Now there were many lamps 188 in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) 189 20:9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, 190 was sinking 191 into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak 192 for a long time. Fast asleep, 193 he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 20:10 But Paul went down, 194 threw himself 195 on the young man, 196 put his arms around him, 197 and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!” 198 20:11 Then Paul 199 went back upstairs, 200 and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them 201 a long time, until dawn. Then he left. 20:12 They took the boy home alive and were greatly 202 comforted.
The Voyage to Miletus
20:13 We went on ahead 203 to the ship and put out to sea 204 for Assos, 205 intending 206 to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. 207 He 208 himself was intending 209 to go there by land. 210 20:14 When he met us in Assos, 211 we took him aboard 212 and went to Mitylene. 213 20:15 We set sail 214 from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. 215 The next day we approached 216 Samos, 217 and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. 218 20:16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus 219 so as not to spend time 220 in the province of Asia, 221 for he was hurrying 222 to arrive in Jerusalem, 223 if possible, 224 by the day of Pentecost. 20:17 From Miletus 225 he sent a message 226 to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him. 227
20:18 When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived 228 the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot 229 in the province of Asia, 230 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility 231 and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots 232 of the Jews. 20:20 You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming 233 to you anything that would be helpful, 234 and from teaching you publicly 235 and from house to house, 20:21 testifying 236 to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. 237 20:22 And now, 238 compelled 239 by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem 240 without knowing what will happen to me there, 241 20:23 except 242 that the Holy Spirit warns 243 me in town after town 244 that 245 imprisonment 246 and persecutions 247 are waiting for me. 20:24 But I do not consider my life 248 worth anything 249 to myself, so that 250 I may finish my task 251 and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news 252 of God’s grace.
20:25 “And now 253 I know that none 254 of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom 255 will see me 256 again. 20:26 Therefore I declare 257 to you today that I am innocent 258 of the blood of you all. 259 20:27 For I did not hold back from 260 announcing 261 to you the whole purpose 262 of God. 20:28 Watch out for 263 yourselves and for all the flock of which 264 the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, 265 to shepherd the church of God 266 that he obtained 267 with the blood of his own Son. 268 20:29 I know that after I am gone 269 fierce wolves 270 will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Even from among your own group 271 men 272 will arise, teaching perversions of the truth 273 to draw the disciples away after them. 20:31 Therefore be alert, 274 remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning 275 each one of you with tears.