OF THE APOSTLES
Acts 19 ©
1 Paul comes to Ephesus, and finds there twelve disciples, who were baptized in the baptism of John. 6 On whom he lays (his) hands, and they receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost. 8 Teaches there above two years in the synagogues as well as in the school of Tyrannus. 11 Confirming his doctrine with singular miracles, even by his handkerchiefs. 13 Seven sons of one Sceva, a chief priest of the Jews, adjuring certain persons by the name of Jesus, were prevailed over and wounded by the wicked spirits. 18 Many, confessing their deeds, bring their books of vain arts together, which are burned. 21 Paul purposes to travel to Jerusalem. 23 Demetrius, a silversmith, getting his living by making little silver temples of Diana, raises an uproar against him. 30 Paul would go forth amongst the people to appease them, but is dissuaded. 33 Alexander endeavors to make an apology, but is not heard because he was not a Jew. 35 But finally this tumult is quieted by the town clerk.
AND it came to pass, that, while Apollosa was at Corinth, Paul having passed through 1the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
He said unto them, Have ye received 2the Holy Ghost 3since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be 4any Holy Ghost.
And he said unto them, 5Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, 6Unto John’s baptism.
Then said Paul, John verilyb baptized with thec baptism 7of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
8When they heard 9this, they were baptized 10in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Andd when Paul had laid his 11hands upon them, the 12Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with 13tongues, and 14prophesied.
And all the men were about twelve.
And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things 15concerning the kingdom of God.
Bute when divers were hardened, and 16believed not, but spake evil of that 17way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one 18Tyrannus.
And this continued by the space of two years; so that 19all they which dwelt in 20Asia heard the word 21of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Andf God wrought special 22miracles by 23the hands of Paul:
So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
¶Then certain of the 24vagabond Jews, 25exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjureg you by Jesus 26whom Paul preacheth.
And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and 27chief of the priests, which did so.
And the evil spirit answered and said, 28Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but 29who are ye?
And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and 30overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
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.
Andh many that believed came, and confessed, and 31shewed their 32deeds.
Many of them also which used 33curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it 34fifty thousand pieces of 35silver.
Soi36mightily 37grew the word of God and prevailed.
¶Afterj these things were 38ended, Paul 39purposed 40in the spirit, when he 41had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I 42must also see Rome.
So he 43sent into Macedonia two of them 44that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
Andk the same time there arose no small stir about 45that way.
For a certain man named Demetrius, 46a silversmith, which made 47silver shrines for Diana, broughtl no small gain unto the craftsmen;
Whom he called 48together with 49the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have 50our wealth.
Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are madem with hands:
So that not only 51this our craft is in danger 52to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be 53despised, and her 54magnificence should be 55destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, 56Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaiusn and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into 57the theatre.
And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples 58suffered him not.
And certain 59of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventureo himself into the theatre.
Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for 60the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
And they 61drew 62Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews 63putting him forward. And Alexander 64beckoned with the hand, and would have made his 65defence unto the people.
But when they knew that he was a Jew, 66all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
And when 67the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a 68worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image 69which fell down from Jupiter?
Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do 70nothing rashly.
For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
Wherefore if Demetrius, and 71the craftsmen which are with him, have 72a matter against any man, 73the law is open, and there are 74deputies: let them impleadp one another.
But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a 75lawful assembly.
For we are in danger to be called 76in question 77for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.q
And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.