Bible: Acts 19:8-20

Paul Continues to Minister at Ephesus

19:8 So Paul 1  entered 2  the synagogue 3  and spoke out fearlessly 4  for three months, addressing 5  and convincing 6  them about the kingdom of God. 7  19:9 But when 8  some were stubborn 9  and refused to believe, reviling 10  the Way 11  before the congregation, he left 12  them and took the disciples with him, 13  addressing 14  them every day 15  in the lecture hall 16  of Tyrannus. 19:10 This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, 17  both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord. 18 

The Seven Sons of Sceva

19:11 God was performing extraordinary 19  miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body 20  were brought 21  to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 22  19:13 But some itinerant 23  Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name 24  of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by 25  evil spirits, saying, “I sternly warn 26  you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 19:14 (Now seven sons of a man named 27  Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 28  19:15 But the evil spirit replied to them, 29 I know about Jesus 30  and I am acquainted with 31  Paul, but who are you? 32  19:16 Then the man who was possessed by 33  the evil spirit jumped on 34  them and beat them all into submission. 35  He prevailed 36  against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded. 19:17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, 37  both Jews and Greeks; fear came over 38  them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 39  19:18 Many of those who had believed came forward, 40  confessing and making their deeds known. 41  19:19 Large numbers 42  of those who had practiced magic 43  collected their books 44  and burned them up in the presence of everyone. 45  When 46  the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 47  19:20 In this way the word of the Lord 48  continued to grow in power 49  and to prevail. 50 

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