1 It happened that while aApollos was at bCorinth, Paul passed through the cupper country and came to dEphesus, and found some disciples. 2 He said to them, "aDid you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, bwe have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." 3 And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "aInto John's baptism." 4 Paul said, "aJohn baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people bto believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus." 5 When they heard this, they were abaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had alaid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began bspeaking with tongues and cprophesying. 7 There were in all about twelve men. 8 And he entered athe synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them babout the kingdom of God. 9 But when asome were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of bthe Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away cthe disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 This took place for atwo years, so that all who lived in bAsia heard cthe word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. 11 God was performing aextraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 aso that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and bthe evil spirits went out. 13 But also some of the Jewish aexorcists, 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." 14 Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 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 aEphesus; 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 apieces of silver. 20 So athe word of the Lord bwas growing mightily and prevailing. 21 Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the Spirit to ago to Jerusalem bafter he had passed through cMacedonia and dAchaia, saying, "After I have been there, eI must also see Rome." 22 And having sent into aMacedonia two of bthose who ministered to him, cTimothy and dErastus, he himself stayed in eAsia for a while. 23 About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning athe Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, awas bringing no little business to the craftsmen; 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 aEphesus, but in almost all of bAsia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that cgods 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 aAsia and bthe 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 aEphesians!" 29 The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along aGaius and bAristarchus, Paul's traveling ccompanions from dMacedonia. 30 And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, athe 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 aSo 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 amotioned 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 aEphesus, 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 arobbers 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 aproconsuls 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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