Bible: Acts 18:23-19:41

18:23 After he spent 1  some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia 2  and Phrygia, 3  strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Begins His Ministry

18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. 4  He was an eloquent speaker, 5  well-versed 6  in the scriptures. 18:25 He had been instructed in 7  the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm 8  he spoke and taught accurately the facts 9  about Jesus, although he knew 10  only the baptism of John. 18:26 He began to speak out fearlessly 11  in the synagogue, 12  but when Priscilla and Aquila 13  heard him, they took him aside 14  and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 18:27 When Apollos 15  wanted to cross over to Achaia, 16  the brothers encouraged 17  him 18  and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he 19  assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 18:28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously 20  in public debate, 21  demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ 22  was Jesus. 23 

Disciples of John the Baptist at Ephesus

19:1 While 24  Apollos was in Corinth, 25  Paul went through the inland 26  regions 27  and came to Ephesus. 28  He 29  found some disciples there 30  19:2 and said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” 31  They replied, 32  “No, we have not even 33  heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 19:3 So Paul 34  said, “Into what then were you baptized?” “Into John’s baptism,” they replied. 35  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, 36  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 37  his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came 38  upon them, and they began to speak 39  in tongues and to prophesy. 40  19:7 (Now there were about twelve men in all.) 41 

Paul Continues to Minister at Ephesus

19:8 So Paul 42  entered 43  the synagogue 44  and spoke out fearlessly 45  for three months, addressing 46  and convincing 47  them about the kingdom of God. 48  19:9 But when 49  some were stubborn 50  and refused to believe, reviling 51  the Way 52  before the congregation, he left 53  them and took the disciples with him, 54  addressing 55  them every day 56  in the lecture hall 57  of Tyrannus. 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 58  both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 59 

The Seven Sons of Sceva

19:11 God was performing extraordinary 60  miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 61  were brought 62  to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 63  19:13 But some itinerant 64  Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 65  of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 66  evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 67  you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 68  Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 69  19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 70 I know about Jesus 71  and I am acquainted with 72  Paul, but who are you? 73  19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 74  the evil spirit jumped on 75  them and beat them all into submission. 76  He prevailed 77  against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 78  both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 79  them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 80  19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 81  confessing and making their deeds known. 82  19:19 Large numbers 83  of those who had practiced magic 84  collected their books 85  and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 86  When 87  the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 88  19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 89  continued to grow in power 90  and to prevail. 91 

A Riot in Ephesus

19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 92  Paul resolved 93  to go to Jerusalem, 94  passing through Macedonia 95  and Achaia. 96  He said, 97 After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 98  19:22 So after sending 99  two of his assistants, 100  Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 101  he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 102 

19:23 At 103  that time 104  a great disturbance 105  took place concerning the Way. 106  19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 107  of Artemis, 108  brought a great deal 109  of business 110  to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 111  these 112  together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 113  and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 114  comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 115  and turned away 116  a large crowd, 117  not only in Ephesus 118  but in practically all of the province of Asia, 119  by saying 120  that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 121  19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 122  but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 123  will be regarded as nothing, 124  and she whom all the province of Asia 125  and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 126 

19:28 When 127  they heard 128  this they became enraged 129  and began to shout, 130 Great is Artemis 131  of the Ephesians! 19:29 The 132  city was filled with the uproar, 133  and the crowd 134  rushed to the theater 135  together, 136  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, 137  the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 138  who were his friends sent 139  a message 140  to him, urging him not to venture 141  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. 142  19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 143  it was about 144  Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 145  Alexander, gesturing 146  with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 147  before the public assembly. 148  19:34 But when they recognized 149  that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 150 Great is Artemis 151  of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 152  19:35 After the city secretary 153  quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 154  is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 155  of the temple of the great Artemis 156  and of her image that fell from heaven? 157  19:36 So because these facts 158  are indisputable, 159  you must keep quiet 160  and not do anything reckless. 161  19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 162  nor blasphemers of our goddess. 163  19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 164  against someone, the courts are open 165  and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 166  19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 167  it will have to be settled 168  in a legal assembly. 169  19:40 For 170  we are in danger of being charged with rioting 171  today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 172  this disorderly gathering.” 173  19:41 After 174  he had said 175  this, 176  he dismissed the assembly. 177 

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