Acts 19

Paul at Ephesus

1It happened that while a  Apollos was at b  Corinth, Paul passed through the c  upper country and came to d  Ephesus, and found some disciples. 2He said to them, e  Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No f  we have not even heard whether
Or the Holy Spirit has been given
there is a Holy Spirit.”
3And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said h  Into John’s baptism.” 4Paul said i  John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people j  to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5When they heard this, they were k  baptized
Lit into
in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6And when Paul had m  laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began n  speaking with tongues and o  prophesying. 7There were in all about twelve men.

8And he entered p  the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them q  about the kingdom of God. 9But when r  some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of s  the Way before the
Lit multitude
people, he withdrew from them and took away u  the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
10This took place for v  two years, so that all who lived in
I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
,
x  Asia heard y  the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

Miracles at Ephesus

11God was performing z  extraordinary
Or works of power
miracles by the hands of Paul,
12 ab  so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and ac  the evil spirits went out. 13But also some of the Jewish ad  exorcists, 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.” 14Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16And 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. 17This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in ae  Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. 18Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. 19And 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
Probably fifty thousand Greek drachmas; a drachma approximated a day’s wage
fifty thousand ag  pieces of silver.
20So
Or according to the power of the Lord the word was growing
,
ai  the word of the Lord aj  was growing mightily and prevailing.

21Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the
Or spirit
Spirit to al  go to Jerusalem am  after he had passed through an  Macedonia and ao  Achaia, saying, “After I have been there ap  I must also see Rome.”
22And having sent into aq  Macedonia two of ar  those who ministered to him, as  Timothy and at  Erastus, he himself stayed in
I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
,
av  Asia for a while.

23About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning aw  the Way. 24For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of
Lat Diana
Artemis ay  was bringing no little
Or profit
business to the craftsmen;
25these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity
Lit is from
depends upon this business.
26You see and hear that not only in bb  Ephesus, but in almost all of
V 22, note 1
,
bd  Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that
Lit those
,
bf  gods made with hands are no gods at all.
27Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess
Lat Diana
Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of
V 22, note 1
,
bi  Asia and bj  the
Lit the inhabited earth
world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence.”

28When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, “Great is
Lat Diana
Artemis of the bm  Ephesians!”
29The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed
Or together
with one accord into the theater, dragging along bo  Gaius and bp  Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling bq  companions from br  Macedonia.
30And when Paul wanted to go into the
Lit people
assembly bt  the disciples would not let him.
31Also some of the
I.e. political or religious officials of the province of Asia
Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to
Lit give himself
venture into the theater.
32 bw  So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the
Gr ekklesia
assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know
Or on whose account
for what reason they had come together.
33Some of the crowd
Or advised Alexander
concluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having ca  motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the
Lit people
assembly.
34But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, “Great is
Lat Diana
Artemis of the Ephesians!”
35After quieting the crowd, the town clerk said, “Men of cd  Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great
Lat Diana
Artemis and of the image which fell down from
Lit Zeus; Lat Jupiter
heaven?
36So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash. 37For you have brought these men here who are neither cg  robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and
Or provincial governors
,
ci  proconsuls are available; let them bring charges against one another.
39But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the
Or regular
lawful
Gr ekklesia
assembly.
40For 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.” 41After saying this he dismissed the
Gr ekklesia
assembly.
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