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1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul was visiting some places on the way to Ephesus. There he found some followers 1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples
2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They said, "We have never even heard of a Holy Spirit." 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
3 So he asked, "What kind of baptism did you have?" They said, "It was the baptism that John taught." 3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they replied.
4 Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of changed hearts and lives. He told people to believe in the one who would come after him, and that one is Jesus." 4 Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus."
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 5 On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 Then Paul laid his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came upon them. They began speaking different languagesn and prophesying. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
7 There were about twelve people in this group. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
8 Paul went into the synagogue and spoke out boldly for three months. He talked with the Jews and persuaded them to accept the things he said about the kingdom of God. 8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.
9 But some of the Jews became stubborn. They refused to believe and said evil things about the Way of Jesus before all the people. So Paul left them, and taking the followers with him, he went to the school of a man named Tyrannus. There Paul talked with people every day 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
10 for two years. Because of his work, every Jew and Greek in the country of Asia heard the word of the Lord. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
11 God used Paul to do some very special miracles. 11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,
12 Some people took handkerchiefs and clothes that Paul had used and put them on the sick. When they did this, the sick were healed and evil spirits left them. 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
13 But some Jews also were traveling around and making evil spirits go out of people. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus to force the evil spirits out. They would say, "By the same Jesus that Paul talks about, I order you to come out!" 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out."
14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading Jewish priest, were doing this. 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.
15 But one time an evil spirit said to them, "I know Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 15 [One day] the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?"
16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them. Because he was so much stronger than all of them, they ran away from the house naked and hurt. 16 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.
17 All the people in Ephesus -- Jews and Greeks -- learned about this and were filled with fear and gave great honor to the Lord Jesus. 17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.
18 Many of the believers began to confess openly and tell all the evil things they had done. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.
19 Some of them who had used magic brought their magic books and burned them before everyone. Those books were worth about fifty thousand silver coins. 19 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.
20 So in a powerful way the word of the Lord kept spreading and growing. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
21 After these things, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, planning to go through the countries of Macedonia and Southern Greece and then on to Jerusalem. He said, "After I have been to Jerusalem, I must also visit Rome." 21 After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. "After I have been there," he said, "I must visit Rome also."
22 Paul sent Timothy and Erastus, two of his helpers, ahead to Macedonia, but he himself stayed in Asia for a while. 22 He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer.
23 And during that time, there was some serious trouble in Ephesus about the Way of Jesus. 23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.
24 A man named Demetrius, who worked with silver, made little silver models that looked like the temple of the goddess Artemis. Those who did this work made much money. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen.
25 Demetrius had a meeting with them and some others who did the same kind of work. He told them, "Men, you know that we make a lot of money from our business. 25 He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: "Men, you know we receive a good income from this business.
26 But look at what this man Paul is doing. He has convinced and turned away many people in Ephesus and in almost all of Asia! He says the gods made by human hands are not real. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.
27 There is a danger that our business will lose its good name, but there is also another danger: People will begin to think that the temple of the great goddess Artemis is not important. Her greatness will be destroyed, and Artemis is the goddess that everyone in Asia and the whole world worships." 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty."
28 When the others heard this, they became very angry and shouted, "Artemis, the goddess of Ephesus, is great!" 28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
29 The whole city became confused. The people grabbed Gaius and Aristarchus, who were from Macedonia and were traveling with Paul, and ran to the theater. 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater.
30 Paul wanted to go in and talk to the crowd, but the followers did not let him. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.
31 Also, some leaders of Asia who were friends of Paul sent him a message, begging him not to go into the theater. 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.
32 Some people were shouting one thing, and some were shouting another. The meeting was completely confused; most of them did not know why they had come together. 32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.
33 The Jews put a man named Alexander in front of the people, and some of them told him what to do. Alexander waved his hand so he could explain things to the people. 33 The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people.
34 But when they saw that Alexander was a Jew, they all shouted the same thing for two hours: "Great is Artemis of Ephesus!" 34 But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
35 Then the city clerk made the crowd be quiet. He said, "People of Ephesus, everyone knows that Ephesus is the city that keeps the temple of the great goddess Artemis and her holy stonen that fell from heaven. 35 The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: "Men of Ephesus, doesn't all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?
36 Since no one can say this is not true, you should be quiet. Stop and think before you do anything. 36 Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to be quiet and not do anything rash.
37 You brought these men here, but they have not said anything evil against our goddess or stolen anything from her temple. 37 You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess.
38 If Demetrius and those who work with him have a charge against anyone they should go to the courts and judges where they can argue with each other. 38 If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges.
39 If there is something else you want to talk about, it can be decided at the regular town meeting of the people. 39 If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly.
40 I say this because some people might see this trouble today and say that we are rioting. We could not explain this, because there is no real reason for this meeting." 40 As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today's events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it."
41 After the city clerk said these things, he told the people to go home. 41 After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.