Acts 19


19:1 And it came to pass, that while Apollos was at Corinth,
 Paul having passed through the upper region, came to Ephesus;
 and finding certain disciples,
19:2 He said to them, Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye
 believed? And they said to him, We have not so much as heard
 whether there is any Holy Spirit.
19:3 And he said to them, Into what then were ye baptized? And
 they said, Into John's baptism.
19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
 repentance, saying to the people, That they should believe on
 him who should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
19:5 When they heard [this], they were baptized into the name of
 the Lord Jesus.
19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy
 Spirit came on them; and they spoke in languages, and
 prophesied.
19:7 And all the men were about twelve.
19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the
 space of three months, disputing and persuading the things
 concerning the kingdom of God.
19:9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spoke
 evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them,
 and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of
 one Tyrannus.
19:10 And this continued for the space of two years; so that all
 they who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both
 Jews and Greeks.
19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
19:12 So that from his body were brought to the sick,
 handkerchiefs, or aprons, and the diseases departed from them,
 and the evil spirits went out of them.
19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon
 them to call over them who had evil spirits, the name of the
 Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
19:14 And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva a Jew, [and]
 chief of the priests, who did so.
19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and
 Paul I know; but who are ye?
19:16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them,
 and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they
 fled out of that house naked and wounded.
19:17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also
 dwelling at Ephesus: and fear fell on them all, and the name of
 the Lord Jesus was magnified.
19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed
 their deeds.
19:19 Many also of them who used curious arts, brought their
 books together, and burned them before all [men]; and they
 counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand
 [pieces] of silver.
19:20 So mightily grew the word of God, and prevailed.
19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the
 spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia, and Achaia, to go
 to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see
 Rome.
19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered to
 him, Timothy and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a
 season.
19:23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that
 way.
19:24 For a certain [man] named Demetrius, a silver-smith, who
 made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain to the
 artificers;
19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like
 occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have
 our wealth:
19:26 Moreover, ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but
 almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned
 away many people, saying, that they are no gods which are made
 with hands.
19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at
 naught; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana
 should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed,
 whom all Asia, and the world worshipeth.
19:28 And when they heard [these sayings], they were full of
 wrath, and cried out, saying, Great [is] Diana of the
 Ephesians.
19:29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having
 caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's
 companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the
 theater.
19:30 And when Paul would have entered in to the people, the
 disciples suffered him not.
19:31 And certain of the chief of Asia, who were his friends,
 sent to him, desiring [him] that he would not adventure himself
 into the theater.
19:32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the
 assembly was confused, and the greater part knew not why they
 had come together.
19:33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews
 putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and
 would have made his defense to the people.
19:34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice
 about the space of two hours cried out, Great [is] Diana of the
 Ephesians.
19:35 And when the town-clerk had appeased the people, he said,
 [Ye] men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not that
 the city of the Ephesians is a worshiper of the great goddess
 Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from Jupiter?
19:36 Seeing then that these things cannot be contradicted, ye
 ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
19:37 For ye have brought hither these men, who are neither
 robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
19:38 Wherefore, if Demetrius and the artificers who are with
 him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there
 are deputies: let them implead one another.
19:39 But if ye inquire any thing concerning other matters, it
 shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
19:40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this
 day's uproar, there being no cause by which we may give an
 account of this concourse.
19:41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
 
 

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