Acts Chapter Nineteen

ACTS CHAPTER NINETEEN

1 During the time Apollos was at Corinth,

Paul took the road through the interior

And came to Ephesus, where he discovered

 

A few disciples, 2 asking them, “Did you

Receive the Holy Spirit when you put

Your faith in God?” They answered, “No, we have

 

Not even heard that there’s a Holy Spirit.”

3 So Paul inquired, “What baptism did you

Receive then?” They replied, “John’s baptism.”

 

4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was of repentance,

And he told people to believe in one

Who would come after him, that is, in Jesus.”

 

5 Hearing this, they were baptized in the name

Of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands

On them, the Holy Spirit came on them;

 

They spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were

About twelve men in all. 8 Paul went inside

The synagogue and boldly spoke there

 

For three months, arguing persuasively

About God’s kingdom, 9 and yet some of them

Were fixed of mind and publicly maligned

 

The Way, so Paul departed from them. Taking

Disciples with him, he gave lessons each

Day in Tyrannus’s large school, 10 and for

 

Two years he did this, so that all the Jews

And Greeks who lived there in the province of

Asia would hear the word of God. 11 The Lord

 

Did extraordinary miracles through

Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons

That he had touched were taken to the sick.

 

Their illnesses were healed and evil spirits

Left them. 13 Some Jews who went and drove out evil

Spirits attempted to invoke the name

 

Of the Lord Jesus over those who were

Demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name

Of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command

 

You to depart.” 14 The seven sons of Sceva,

A Jewish chief priest, did this, 15 but one day

The evil spirit told them, “Jesus I

 

Know, and I know of Paul, but who are you?”

16 The man who was possessed then jumped on them

And overpowered them all. He gave them such

 

A beating that they ran out of the house

Naked and bleeding. 17 When this was reported

To Jews and Greeks who lived in Ephesus,

 

They were all seized with fear, and held the name

Of the Lord Jesus in high honor. 18 Many

Believers came and publicly confessed

 

Their evil deeds. 19 A number who had practiced

Sorcery brought their scrolls together and

Publicly burned them. When they calculated

 

The value of the scrolls, the total came

To fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way

The word of God spread widely and enlarged

 

In power. 21 After all this had occurred,

Paul had determined he would go on to

Jerusalem, and pass through Macedonia

 

And through Achaia. “After I’ve been there,”

He said, “I need to see Rome too,” 22 and sent

Timothy and Erastus, two of his

 

Helpers, to Macedonia, while he

Stayed in the Asian province for a while.

23 About that time there was a great disturbance

 

Due to the Way. 24 Demetrius, who was

A silversmith who made the silver shrines

Of Artemis, brought in no little business

 

For craftsmen, 25 whom he called together with

The workmen in related trades, and said:

“Men, you know that we make good money from

 

Our work, 26 and you can see and hear how this

Man Paul has talked and led large numbers of

People astray in Ephesus and in

 

Practically all the Asian province. He

Says man-made gods are not true gods at all.

27 There’s danger that he’ll spoil our trade. Not only

 

That, people won’t respect the temple of

Artemis, the great goddess, and the goddess

Herself, who’s worshiped in the province of

 

Asia and all the world, will be deprived

Of her divine nobility.” 28 When they

Heard this, they were enraged and started shouting:

 

“Worthy is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

29 Soon the whole town was stirred up: People seized

Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s companions

 

Who came with him from Macedonia,

And rushed as one man in the theater.

30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd,

 

But the disciples would not let him. 31 Even

Some officials of the province who were

Paul’s friends, sent him a message begging him

 

Not to go in the theater. 32 The crowd

Was in confusion: Some were shouting one

Thing, some another. Most of them had no

 

Idea why they were in there. 33 The Jews

Pushed Alexander to the front, and some

In the assembly yelled out plans to him.

 

He put his hand up so the crowd would hush

And so he could present them his defense,

34 But when they saw he was a Jew, they all

 

Shouted together for about two hours:

“Worthy is Artemis of Ephesus!”

35 The city clerk compelled the crowd to hush

 

And told them: “Men of Ephesus, does not

The whole world know this city, Ephesus,

Is the protector of the temple of

 

Great Artemis and of her image, which

Fell down from heaven? 36 Therefore,

since these facts

Are true, you must be quiet and not do

 

Anything rash. 37 You’ve brought these men here, though

They have not robbed our temples, nor have they

Blasphemed our goddess. 38 If Demetrius

 

And other craftsmen with him want to file

Complaints against a person, courts are open

And prosecutors can press charges. 39 If

 

There’s anything more you want to bring up,

Let it be litigated in the courts.

40 Now, we’re in danger that we will be charged

 

With rioting due to today’s events.

In that case we would not be able to

Account for this commotion, since there is

 

No reason for it.” 41 Having made his plea,

He ordered everybody there to leave.

 

S.D.G.