Bible: Acts 19:11-41

The Seven Sons of Sceva

19:11 God was performing extraordinary 1  miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 2  were brought 3  to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 4  19:13 But some itinerant 5  Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 6  of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 7  evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 8  you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 9  Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 10  19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 11 I know about Jesus 12  and I am acquainted with 13  Paul, but who are you? 14  19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 15  the evil spirit jumped on 16  them and beat them all into submission. 17  He prevailed 18  against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 19  both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 20  them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 21  19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 22  confessing and making their deeds known. 23  19:19 Large numbers 24  of those who had practiced magic 25  collected their books 26  and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 27  When 28  the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 29  19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 30  continued to grow in power 31  and to prevail. 32 

A Riot in Ephesus

19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 33  Paul resolved 34  to go to Jerusalem, 35  passing through Macedonia 36  and Achaia. 37  He said, 38 After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 39  19:22 So after sending 40  two of his assistants, 41  Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 42  he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 43 

19:23 At 44  that time 45  a great disturbance 46  took place concerning the Way. 47  19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 48  of Artemis, 49  brought a great deal 50  of business 51  to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 52  these 53  together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 54  and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 55  comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 56  and turned away 57  a large crowd, 58  not only in Ephesus 59  but in practically all of the province of Asia, 60  by saying 61  that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 62  19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 63  but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 64  will be regarded as nothing, 65  and she whom all the province of Asia 66  and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 67 

19:28 When 68  they heard 69  this they became enraged 70  and began to shout, 71 Great is Artemis 72  of the Ephesians! 19:29 The 73  city was filled with the uproar, 74  and the crowd 75  rushed to the theater 76  together, 77  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, 78  the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 79  who were his friends sent 80  a message 81  to him, urging him not to venture 82  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. 83  19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 84  it was about 85  Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 86  Alexander, gesturing 87  with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 88  before the public assembly. 89  19:34 But when they recognized 90  that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 91 Great is Artemis 92  of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 93  19:35 After the city secretary 94  quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 95  is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 96  of the temple of the great Artemis 97  and of her image that fell from heaven? 98  19:36 So because these facts 99  are indisputable, 100  you must keep quiet 101  and not do anything reckless. 102  19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 103  nor blasphemers of our goddess. 104  19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 105  against someone, the courts are open 106  and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 107  19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 108  it will have to be settled 109  in a legal assembly. 110  19:40 For 111  we are in danger of being charged with rioting 112  today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 113  this disorderly gathering.” 114  19:41 After 115  he had said 116  this, 117  he dismissed the assembly. 118 

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