It happened that while1Apollos was at 2Corinth, Paulpassedthrough the 3uppercountry and came to 4Ephesus, and foundsomedisciples.
He said to them, "5Did you receive the HolySpirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, 6we have not evenheardwhetherathere is a HolySpirit."
And he said, "Into whatthen were you baptized?" And they said, "7Into John'sbaptism."
4Paulsaid, "8Johnbaptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people9to believe in Him who was comingafter him, that is, in Jesus."
When they heard this, they were 10baptizedbin the name of the LordJesus.
And when Paul had 11laid his hands upon them, the HolySpiritcame on them, and they began 12speaking with tongues and 13prophesying.
There were in allabouttwelvemen.
And he entered14the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for threemonths, reasoning and persuading them 15about the kingdom of God.
But when16some were becominghardened and disobedient, speakingevil of 17the Waybefore the cpeople, he withdrew from them and tookaway18the disciples, reasoningdaily in the school of Tyrannus.
10Thistookplace for 19twoyears, so that all who lived in d20Asiaheard21the word of the Lord, bothJews and Greeks.
11God was performing22extraordinaryemiracles by the hands of Paul,
1223so that handkerchiefsoraprons were evencarried from his body to the sick, and the diseasesleft them and 24the evilspiritswent out.
But alsosome of the Jewish25exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to nameoverthose who had the evilspirits the name of the LordJesus, saying, "I adjure you by JesuswhomPaulpreaches."
14Sevensons of oneSceva, a Jewishchiefpriest, were doingthis.
And the evilspiritanswered and said to them, "I recognizeJesus, and I knowaboutPaul, but who are you?"
And the man, in whom was the evilspirit, leaped on them and subduedall of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that housenaked and wounded.
17Thisbecameknown to all, bothJews and Greeks, who lived in 26Ephesus; and fearfell upon them all and the name of the LordJesus was being magnified.
18Manyalso of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices.
And many of those who practicedmagicbrought their bookstogether and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it ffiftythousand27pieces of silver.
20Sog28the word of the Lord29was growingmightily and prevailing.
21Nowafterthesethings were finished, Paulpurposed in the hSpirit to 30go to Jerusalem31after he had passedthrough32Macedonia and 33Achaia, saying, "After I have beenthere, 34I mustalsoseeRome."
And having sent into 35Macedoniatwo of 36those who ministered to him, 37Timothy and 38Erastus, he himselfstayed in i39Asia for a while.
23About that time there occurrednosmalldisturbanceconcerning40the Way.
For a mannamedDemetrius, a silversmith, who madesilvershrines of jArtemis, 41was bringingnolittlekbusiness to the craftsmen;
25these he gatheredtogether with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperityldepends upon thisbusiness.
"You see and hear that not only in 42Ephesus, but in almostall of m43Asia, thisPaul has persuaded and turnedaway a considerablenumber of people, saying that n44gods made with hands are nogods at all.
"Not only is there danger that thistrade of oursfall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the greatgoddessoArtemis be regarded as worthless and that she whomall of p45Asia and 46the qworldworship will even be dethroned from her magnificence."
When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is rArtemis of the 47Ephesians!"
The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushedswith oneaccord into the theater, draggingalong48Gaius and 49Aristarchus, Paul'straveling50companions from 51Macedonia.
And when Paulwanted to go into the tassembly, 52the disciples would not let him.
31Alsosome of the uAsiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to vventure into the theater.
3253Sothen, some were shoutingone thing and someanother, for the wassembly was in confusion and the majority did not knowxfor whatreason they had cometogether.
Some of the crowdyconcluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having 54motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the zassembly.
But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcryarose from them all as they shouted for abouttwohours, "Great is aaArtemis of the Ephesians!"
35Afterquieting the crowd, the townclerksaid, "Men of 55Ephesus, whatman is there afterallwho does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the greatbbArtemis and of the image whichfelldown from ccheaven?
36"So, since these are undeniablefacts, you ought to keepcalm and to donothingrash.
"For you have broughtthesemen here who are neither56robbers of templesnorblasphemers of our goddess.
38"Sothen, ifDemetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaintagainstanyman, the courts are in session and dd57proconsuls are available; let them bringchargesagainstoneanother.
"But if you wantanythingbeyond this, it shall be settled in the eelawfulffassembly.
"For indeed we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with today's events, since there is no real cause for it, and in thisconnection we will be unable to account for thisdisorderlygathering."
After sayingthis he dismissed the ggassembly.