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Acts 19:1-41

19  And it befell while Apollos was at Corinth that Paul, having gone through the highland parts, came to Ephesus and found some converts, 2  and said to them “Did you receive Holy Spirit when you believed?” but they said to him “Why, we did not even hear of there being any Holy Spirit.” 3  And he said “Then what were you baptized into?” and they said “Into John’s baptism.” 4  And Paul said “John administered a baptism for repentance, telling the people that they were to believe in him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5  And upon hearing it they had themselves baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus; 6  and upon Paul’s laying his hands on them the Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke languages and prophesied. 7  And there were in all about twelve men of them. 8  And he went into the synagogue and spoke out for three months, arguing and pressing home the truth about the Reign of God. 9  But when some hardened up and disbelieved, saying abusive things about the movement before the populace, he parted company with them and separated the converts, arguing day by day in Tyrannus’s school. 10  And this went on for two years, so that all the inhabitants of the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. 11  And God did extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, 12*  even to the extent that handkerchiefs or aprons from his body were carried to the sick and they were freed from their diseases and the evil spirits came out. 13  And some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists also undertook to name the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had the evil spirits, saying “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did this; 15  but the evil spirit answered them “I know Jesus and I understand about Paul, but who are you?” 16  and the man with the evil spirit in him jumped at them and mastered them all and manhandled them so that they got away out of that house naked and wounded. 17  And this became known to all of both Jews and Greeks who lived in Ephesus, and fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus stood high, 18  and many of those who had believed came confessing and reporting their practices. 19*  And several of those who had practiced supernatural methods brought their books together and burned them up in sight of everybody; and they added up the prices of them and found it made fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20  Thus with the Lord’s might the word grew and succeeded. 21  And when these things had run their course Paul made up his mind to go through Macedonia and Achaea to Jerusalem, saying “After I have been there I must see Rome too.” 22  And he sent to Macedonia two of his assistants, Timothy and Erastus, but himself waited a while in the province of Asia. 23  And at that time there came no little to-do about the movement. 24  For one Demetrius, a silversmith making silver Artemis-temples, furnished not a little business to the artists; 25  and, collecting these and the workmen in such lines, he said “Gentlemen, you know it is out of this business we have our prosperity; 26  and you see and hear that not only of Ephesus but of well-nigh all the province of Asia this Paul has persuaded a great lot of people to shift their ground with his talk that what are made by hands are not gods. 27  And there is danger not only that we shall have this department go out of demand but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be thought nothing of, and that she will be brought down from her grandeur, she whom all Asia and the world of men adore.” 28*  And, hearing this and getting into a rage, they went to screaming “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29  and the city was filled with the turmoil, and they rushed to the theater like one man, carrying off with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were traveling-companions of Paul. 30  And when Paul wished to go in before the people the converts would not allow him to; 31  and some of the Asiarchs too, being friendly to him, sent to him and appealed to him not to venture into the theater. 32  So some screamed one thing and some another, for the meeting was in a turmoil and the majority did not know on what account they had come together. 33*  And out of the crowd they put up Alexander, the Jews making him their spokesman; and Alexander motioned with his hand and wanted to make a defense to the people. 34**  But at recognizing that he was a Jew there came one voice from everybody, all screaming for about two hours “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 35*  But the city clerk quieted the crowd down and said “Why, men of Ephesus, who of all mankind is there that does not know the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of great Artemis and of what fell from Jupiter? 36  so, this being indisputable, it is our business to keep cool and not do anything rash. 37  For you have brought these men who have not been either stealing from the temple or blaspheming our goddess. 38*  So if Demetrius and the artists who are with him have a case against anybody, the courts sit, and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against each other. 39  But if you are after anything that goes farther, it shall be settled at the regular meeting— 40  for we are in danger of being charged with revolutionism as to today’s, there being no cause, as to which we shall not be able to give an account as to this concourse.” 41  And with this he dismissed the meeting.

Footnotes

19:12 Lit. handkerchiefs or aprons were carried from his skin to the sick
19:19 This money amounted to rather less than ten thousand dollars
19:28 Var. Great is Artemis
19:33 The most reliable ancient copies have out of the crowd they instructed Alexander or else the word translated instructed had a meaning that is now unknown
19:34 Var. Great is Artemis (twice)
19:34 Var. has Great Artemis of the Ephesians only once
19:35 Lit. said “Men of Ephesus, for who of mankind is there
19:38 Lit. sessions of courts are held