Paul entered the synagogue1 and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.29
But some of them3 became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way.4 So Paul left them. He took the disciples5 with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
This went on for two years,6 so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia7 heard the word of the Lord.811
God did extraordinary miracles9 through Paul,
so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured10 and the evil spirits left them.
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits11 tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus,12 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.
When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus,13 they were all seized with fear,14 and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.
Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.
A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.a20
In this way the word of the Lord15 spread widely and grew in power.16