Acts 19

Paul at Ephesus

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 there 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 in 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.
10 This took place for 19two years, so that all who lived in 20Asia heard 21the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

Miracles at Ephesus

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."
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 fifty * thousand 27pieces of silver.
20 So 28the word of the Lord 29was growing mightily and prevailing.
22 And having sent into 35Macedonia two of 36those who ministered to him, 37Timothy and 38Erastus, he himself stayed in 39Asia for a while.
25 these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperity depends * upon this business.
26 "You see and hear that not only in 42Ephesus, but in almost all of 43Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that 44gods made with hands are no gods at all.
27 "Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of 45Asia and 46the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence."
28 When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the 47Ephesians!"
30 And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, 52the disciples would not let him.
31 Also some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to venture * into the theater.
32 53So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know for what reason they had come together.
33 Some of the crowd concluded 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 assembly.
34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
35 After quieting the crowd, the town clerk said, "Men of 55Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell down from heaven?
36 "So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash.
37 "For you have brought these men here who are neither 56robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess.
38 "So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and 57proconsuls are available; let them bring charges against one another.
39 "But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly.
40 "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 this connection we will be unable * to account * for this disorderly gathering."
41 After saying this he dismissed the assembly.
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