1And it came to pass , that, while ApolloswasatCorinth,Paul having passed through the uppercoastscametoEphesus:andfindingcertaindisciples,2
He saiduntothem , Have ye received the HolyGhost since ye believed ? And they saiduntohim , We have not so much asheardwhether there be anyHolyGhost.3And he saiduntothem,Untowhatthen were ye baptized ? And they said , UntoJohn'sbaptism.4ThensaidPaul,Johnverilybaptized with the baptism of repentance,saying unto the people,that they should believeon him which should comeafterhim, that is , onChristJesus.5When they heard this, they were baptizedin the name of the LordJesus.6And when Paul had laid his handsuponthem, the HolyGhostcameonthem;and they spake with tongues,andprophesied .
7Andall the menwereabouttwelve.8And he wentinto the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of threemonths,disputingandpersuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.9Butwhendivers were hardened , and believed not , but spake evil of that waybefore the multitude, he departedfromthem, and separated the disciples,disputingdailyin the school of oneTyrannus.10Andthiscontinued by the space of twoyears;so that all they which dwelt inAsiaheard the word of the LordJesus,bothJewsandGreeks.11AndGodwroughtspecialmiraclesby the hands of Paul:12Sothatfromhisbody were broughtunto the sickhandkerchiefsoraprons,and the diseasesdepartedfromthem,and the evilspiritswent out ofthem.13Thencertainof the vagabondJews,exorcists, took upon them to callover them which hadevilspirits the name of the LordJesus,saying , We adjureyou by JesuswhomPaulpreacheth .
14And there weresevensons of one Sceva , a Jew, and chief of the priests, which didso.15And the evilspiritanswered and said , Jesus I know , andPaul I know ; butwhoareye?16And the maninwhom the evilspiritwasleapedonthem,andovercamethem, and prevailedagainstthem,so that they fled out ofthathousenakedandwounded .
17Andthiswasknown to all the JewsandGreeksalsodwelling at Ephesus;andfearfellonthemall,and the name of the LordJesus was magnified .
18Andmany that believedcame , and confessed , andshewedtheirdeeds.19Many of them also which used curious artsbrought their bookstogether , and burned thembeforeall men: and they counted the price of them,andfound it fiftythousand pieces of silver.20Somightilygrew the word of Godandprevailed .
21Afterthesethings were ended , Paulpurposedin the spirit, when he had passed throughMacedoniaandAchaia, to gotoJerusalem,saying , AfterI have beenthere,ImustalsoseeRome.22So he sentintoMacedoniatwo of them that ministered unto him,TimotheusandErastus; but he himselfstayedinAsia for a season.23Andthesametime there arosenosmallstirabout that way.24For a certain man namedDemetrius, a silversmith, which madesilvershrines for Diana,broughtnosmallgain unto the craftsmen;25Whom he called together with the workmenof like occupation,andsaid , Sirs, ye knowthatbythiscraft we haveourwealth.26Moreover ye seeandhear , thatnotalone at Ephesus,butalmost throughout allAsia,thisPaul hath persuaded and turned awaymuchpeople,sayingthat they benogods,which are madewithhands:27So that notonlythisourcraft is in danger to be setatnought;abutalso that the temple of the greatgoddessDiana should be despised , andhermagnificenceshould be destroyed , whomallAsiaand the worldworshippeth .
28And when they heard these sayings, they werefull of wrath,and cried out , saying , Great is Diana of the Ephesians.29And the wholecity was filled with confusion:and having caughtGaiusandAristarchus, men of Macedonia,Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accordinto the theatre.30AndwhenPaulwould have enteredin unto the people, the disciplessufferedhimnot.31Andcertain of the chief of Asia, which werehisfriends,sentuntohim,desiring him that he wouldnotadventurehimselfinto the theatre.32Somethereforecried one thing, and some another:for the assemblywasconfused ; and the more partknewnotwhereforethey were come together .
33And they drewAlexander out of the multitude, the Jewsputtinghimforward . AndAlexanderbeckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.34But when they knewthat he was a Jew,allwithonevoiceabout the space of twohours cried out , Great is Diana of the Ephesians.35And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said , Ye men of Ephesus,whatman is therethatknowethnot how that the city of the Ephesiansis a worshipperb of the greatgoddessDiana,and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?36Seeingthen that these things cannot be spoken against,yeought to bequiet , and to donothingrashly.37For ye have brought hitherthesemen, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yetblasphemers of yourgoddess.38WhereforeifDemetrius,and the craftsmen which are withhim,have a matteragainst any man, the lawc is open , and there aredeputies: let them implead one another.39Butif ye enquire any thingconcerning other matters, it shall be determinedin a lawfuldassembly.40Forwe are in danger to be called in questionfor this day'suproar, there beingnocausewherebywemaygive an account of thisconcourse.41And when he hadthusspoken , he dismissed the assembly.