When Paul placed his hands on them,1 the Holy Spirit came on them,2 and they spoke in tonguesa3 and prophesied.
There were about twelve men in all.
Paul entered the synagogue4 and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.59
But some of them6 became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way.7 So Paul left them. He took the disciples8 with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
This went on for two years,9 so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia10 heard the word of the Lord.1111
God did extraordinary miracles12 through Paul,
so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured13 and the evil spirits left them.
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits14 tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus,15 whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out."
Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.
[One day] the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?"
Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.