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Paul at Ephesus

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 Ithere 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 Iin 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.

[1] aAc 18:24; 1Co 1:12; 3:5, 6, 22; 4:6; 16:12; Tit 3:13 bAc 18:1 cAc 18:23 dAc 18:21, 24; 19:17, 26, 28, 34f; 20:16f; 21:29; 1Co 15:32; 16:8; Ep 1:1; 1Ti 1:3; 2Ti 1:18; 4:12; Rv 1:11; 2:1
[2] IOr the Holy Spirit has been given aAc 8:15f; 11:16f bJn 7:39
[3] aLk 7:29; Ac 18:25
[4] aMt 3:11; Mk 1:4, 7, 8; Lk 3:16; Jn 1:26, 27; Ac 13:24 bJn 1:7
[5] ILit into aAc 8:12, 16; 10:48
[6] aAc 6:6; 8:17 bMk 16:17; Ac 2:4; 10:46 cAc 13:1

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 Ipeople, 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 IbAsia heard cthe word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

[8] aAc 9:20; 18:26 bAc 1:3
[9] ILit multitude aAc 14:4 bAc 9:2; 19:23 cAc 11:26; 19:30
[10] II.e. west coast province of Asia Minor aAc 19:8; 20:31 bAc 16:6; 19:22, 26, 27 cAc 13:12; 19:20

Miracles at Ephesus

11 ¶ God was performing aextraordinary Imiracles 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 Ififty thousand apieces of silver. 20 So Iathe word of the Lord bwas growing mightily and prevailing.

[11] IOr works of power aAc 8:13
[12] aAc 5:15 bMk 16:17
[13] aMt 12:27; Lk 11:19
[17] aAc 18:19
[19] IProbably fifty thousand Greek drachmas; a drachma approximated a day’s wage aLk 15:8
[20] IOr according to the power of the Lord the word was growing aAc 19:10 bAc 6:7; 12:24

21 ¶ Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the ISpirit 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 IeAsia for a while.

[21] IOr spirit aAc 20:16, 22; 21:15; Ro 15:25; 2Co 1:16 bAc 20:1; 1Co 16:5 cAc 16:9; 19:22, 29; Ro 15:26; 1Th 1:7f dAc 18:12 eAc 23:11; Ro 15:24, 28
[22] II.e. west coast province of Asia Minor aAc 16:9; 19:21, 29 bAc 13:5; 19:29; 20:34; 2Co 8:19 cAc 16:1 dRo 16:23; 2Ti 4:20 eAc 19:10

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 IArtemis, awas bringing no little IIbusiness to the craftsmen; 25 these he gathered together with the workmen of similar [trades], and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity Idepends upon this business. 26 You see and hear that not only in aEphesus, but in almost all of IbAsia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that IIcgods 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 IArtemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of IIaAsia and bthe IIIworld worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence.”

[23] aAc 19:9
[24] ILat Diana IIOr profit aAc 16:16, 19f
[25] ILit is from
[26] IV 22, note 1 IILit those aAc 18:19 bAc 19:10 cDt 4:28; Ps 115:4; Is 44:10-20; Jr 10:3ff; Ac 17:29; 1Co 8:4; 10:19; Rv 9:20
[27] ILat Diana IIV 22, note 1 IIILit the inhabited earth aAc 19:10 bMt 24:14

28 ¶ When they heard [this] and were filled with rage, they [began] crying out, saying, “Great is IArtemis of the aEphesians!” 29 The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed Iwith 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 Iassembly, athe disciples would not let him. 31 Also some of the IAsiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to IIventure into the theater. 32 aSo then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the Iassembly was in confusion and the majority did not know IIfor what reason they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd Iconcluded [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 IIassembly. 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 IArtemis 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 IArtemis and of the [image] which fell down from IIheaven? 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 Iaproconsuls are [available]; let them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the Ilawful IIassembly. 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 Iassembly.

[28] ILat Diana aAc 18:19
[29] IOr together aAc 20:4 bAc 20:4; 27:2; Col 4:10; Phm 24 cAc 13:5; 19:22; 20:34; 2Co 8:19 dAc 16:9; 19:22
[30] ILit people aAc 19:9
[31] II.e. political or religious officials of the province of Asia IILit give himself
[32] IGr ekklesia IIOr on whose account aAc 21:34
[33] IOr advised Alexander IILit people aAc 12:17
[34] ILat Diana
[35] ILat Diana IILit Zeus; Lat Jupiter aAc 18:19
[37] aRo 2:22
[38] IOr provincial governors aAc 13:7
[39] IOr regular IIGr ekklesia
[41] IGr ekklesia


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1 ¶ And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

[1] Ac 18:19, 23, 24; 1Co 1:12; 3:4; 16:12.
[2] 1S 3:7; Jn 7:39; Ac 2:17, 38; 8:15; 10:44; 11:15; 19:5; Ro 1:11; 1Co 6:19; 12:1; Ga 3:5.
[3] Mt 3:1; 28:19; Lk 3:1; Ac 18:25; 1Co 12:13.
[4] Mt 3:11; 11:3; 21:25; Mk 1:1; Lk 1:76; 3:16; Jn 1:15, 27, 29; 3:28; 5:33; Ac 1:5; 11:16; 13:23.
[5] Ac 2:38; 8:12, 16; Ro 6:3; 1Co 1:13; 10:2.

The Holy Ghost is given by Paul's hands.

6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve. 8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

[6] Ac 2:4; 6:6; 8:17; 9:17; 10:45; 13:2; 1Co 12:8, 28; 14:1; 1Ti 5:22; 2Ti 1:6.
[8] Ac 1:3; 9:20; 13:14, 46; 14:1; 17:1, 17; 18:4, 19; 19:9; 26:22; 28:23; Jde 1:3.

The Jews blaspheme his doctrine, which is confirmed by miracles.

9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. 10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. 11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 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.

[9] 2K 17:14; 2Ch 30:8; 36:16; Ne 9:16, 29; Ps 95:8; Pv 8:34; Is 8:14; Jr 7:26; 19:15; Mt 15:14; 16:4; 26:55; Lk 12:51; Jn 12:40; Ac 7:51; 9:2; 13:45; 14:4; 17:4; 18:6, 7; 19:23; 20:31; 22:4; 24:21; 28:22; Ro 9:18; 11:7; 1Ti 6:5; 2Ti 1:15; 3:5; 4:2; He 3:13; 2P 2:2, 12; Jde 1:10.
[10] Ac 16:6; 18:4, 11; 20:18, 20, 31; Ro 1:16; 10:12, 18; 1Co 1:22; Ga 3:28; Col 3:11; 2Ti 1:15; 1P 1:1; Rv 1:4, 11.
[11] Mk 16:17; Jn 14:12; Ac 5:12; 14:3; 15:12; 16:18; Ro 15:18; Ga 3:5; He 2:4.
[12] 2K 4:29; 13:20; Ac 5:15.

The Jewish exorcists

13 ¶ Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

[13] Gn 4:12, 14; Jsh 6:26; 1S 14:24; 1K 22:16; Ps 109:10; Mt 12:27; 26:63; Mk 5:7; 9:38; Lk 9:49; 11:19; Ac 8:18.
[15] Gn 3:1; 1K 22:21; Mt 8:29; Mk 1:24, 34; 5:9; Lk 4:33; 8:28; Ac 16:17.

are beaten by a devil.

16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 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. 18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

[16] Mk 5:3, 15; Lk 8:29, 35.
[17] Lv 10:3; 1S 6:20; 2S 6:9; Ps 64:9; Lk 1:65; 7:16; Ac 2:43; 5:5, 11, 13; 13:12; 19:10; Php 1:20; 2:9; 2Th 1:12; 3:1; He 2:8; Rv 5:12.
[18] Lv 16:21; 26:40; Jb 33:27; Ps 32:5; Pv 28:13; Jr 3:13; Ezk 16:63; 36:31; Mt 3:6; Ro 10:10; 1Jn 1:9.

Conjuring books are burnt.

19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

[19] Gn 35:4; Ex 7:11, 22; 32:20; Dt 7:25; 18:10; 1S 28:7; 1Ch 10:13; 2Ch 33:6; Is 2:20; 8:19; 30:22; 47:12; Dn 2:2; Mt 5:29; Lk 14:33; Ac 8:9; 13:6, 8; He 10:34.
[20] Is 55:11; Ac 6:7; 12:24; 2Th 3:1.

21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome. 22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season. 23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

[21] Lm 3:37; Ac 16:6; 18:21; 20:1, 16, 22; 21:4, 11, 17; 23:11; 24:17; 25:10; 27:1, 24; 28:16, 30; Ro 1:13, 15; 15:23, 25; 2Co 1:15; Ga 2:1; Php 1:12.
[22] Ac 13:5; 16:3, 9; 18:5; 20:1; Ro 16:23; 2Co 1:16; 2:13; 8:1; 11:9; 1Th 1:8; 2Ti 4:20.
[23] Ac 9:2; 18:26; 19:9; 22:4; 24:14, 22; 2Co 1:8; 6:9.

Demetrius, for love of gain, raiseth an uproar against Paul,

24 For a certain [man] named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; 25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. 26 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 made with hands: 27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. 28 And when they heard [these sayings], they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians. 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. 30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring [him] that he would not adventure himself into the theatre. 32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. 33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. 34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great [is] Diana of the Ephesians.

[24] Is 56:11; Ac 16:16; 19:27, 34; 1Ti 6:9.
[25] Ho 4:8; 12:7; Ac 16:19; 2P 2:3; Rv 18:3, 11.
[26] Ps 115:4; 135:15; Is 44:10; 46:5; Jr 10:3, 11, 14; Ho 8:6; Ac 14:15; 17:29; 19:10, 18, 35; 1Co 8:4; 10:19; 12:2; 16:8; Ga 4:8; 1Th 1:9.
[27] Zp 2:11; Mt 23:14; Ac 19:21; 1Ti 6:5; 1Jn 5:19; Rv 13:3, 8.
[28] 1S 5:3; 1K 18:26; Ps 2:2; Is 41:5; Jr 50:38; Ac 7:54; 16:19; 19:34; 21:28; Rv 12:12; 13:4; 17:13.
[29] Ac 17:8; 19:32; 20:4; 21:30, 38; 27:2; Ro 16:23; 1Co 1:14; 4:9; Col 4:10; Phm 1:24.
[30] 2S 18:2; 21:17; Ac 14:14; 17:22; 21:39.
[31] Pv 16:7; Ac 16:6; 19:10; 21:12.
[32] Mt 11:7; Lk 7:24; Ac 19:29, 40; 21:34.
[33] Lk 1:22; Ac 12:17; 13:16; 21:40; 22:1; 24:10; 26:1; Php 1:7; 1Ti 1:20; 2Ti 4:14.
[34] 1K 18:26; Mt 6:7; Ac 16:20; 19:26, 28; Ro 2:22; Rv 13:4.

which is appeased by the town clerk.

35 And when the 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 worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the [image] which fell down from Jupiter? 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. 37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess. 38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another. 39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly. 40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse. 41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

[35] Ac 14:12; 19:26; Ep 2:12; 2Th 2:10; 1Ti 4:2.
[36] Pv 14:29; 25:8; Ac 5:35.
[37] Ac 25:8; 1Co 10:32; 2Co 6:3.
[38] Dt 17:8; Ac 18:14; 19:24; 1Co 6:1.
[39] Ac 19:39.
[40] 1K 1:41; Mt 26:5; Ac 17:5; 20:1; 21:31, 38.
[41] Ps 65:7; Pv 15:1; Ec 9:17; 2Co 1:8.


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