But some of them1 became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way.2 So Paul left them. He took the disciples3 with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
This went on for two years,4 so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia5 heard the word of the Lord.611
God did extraordinary miracles7 through Paul,
so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured8 and the evil spirits left them.
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits9 tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus,10 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,11 they were all seized with fear,12 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 Lord13 spread widely and grew in power.1421
After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem,15 passing through Macedonia16 and Achaia.17 "After I have been there," he said, "I must visit Rome also."1822
He sent two of his helpers,19 Timothy20 and Erastus,21 to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia22 a little longer.