Acts 19:1-20 (New American Standard)

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Paul at Ephesus

1 It happened that while 1Apollos was at 2Corinth, Paul passed through the 3upper country and came to 4Ephesus, and found some disciples. 2 He said to them, "5Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed ?" And they said to him, "No, 6we have not even heard whether athere is a Holy Spirit." 3 And he said, "Into what then were you baptized ?" And they said, "7Into John's baptism." 4 Paul said, "8John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people 9to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus." 5 When they heard this, they were 10baptized bin the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had 11laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began 12speaking with tongues and 13prophesying. 7 There were in all about twelve men. 8 And he entered 14the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them 15about the kingdom of God. 9 But when 16some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of 17the Way before the cpeople, he withdrew from them and took away 18the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 This took place for 19two years, so that all who lived in d20Asia heard 21the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

Miracles at Ephesus

11 God was performing 22extraordinary emiracles by the hands of Paul, 12 23so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and 24the evil spirits went out. 13 But also some of the Jewish 25exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches." 14 Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said to them, "I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 16 And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in 26Ephesus ; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. 18 Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. 19 And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone ; and they counted up the price of them and found it ffifty thousand 27pieces of silver. 20 So g28the word of the Lord 29was growing mightily and prevailing.
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