Bible: Acts 19

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 

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