The Holy Ghost is conferred by Paul on twelve of John's disciples. He preacheth at Ephesus, first in the synagogue, and afterward in a private school for two years; God confirming the word by special miracles. Certain Jewish exorcists, attempting to cast out a devil in the name of Jesus, are sent off naked and wounded: the gospel gaineth credit, and magical books are burned. Paul proposing to depart soon, Demetrius and the silversmiths raise an uproar against him, which is with some difficulty appeased.
1 AND it came to pass, that, while aApollos was at bCorinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts ccame to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have dye received the Holy *Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, eWe have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, fUnto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, gJohn *verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that hthey should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized iin the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 jAnd when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy *Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and kprophesied.
7 And all the men were about twelve.
8 And he went linto the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9 mBut when *divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that nway before the multitude, he odeparted from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10 pAnd this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in qAsia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11 rAnd God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12 So that sfrom his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
- s: Mat. 14:36
13 ¶Then certain of the *vagabond Jews, texorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We u*adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and vchief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, wJesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 xAnd 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; yand fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many that believed came, and zconfessed, and shewed their deeds.
19 Many of them also awhich 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 bSo mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
21 ¶After these things were ended, Paul purposed cin the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and dAchaia, to ego to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I fmust also see Rome.
22 So ghe sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.
23 hAnd the same time there arose no small stir about that way.
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small igain unto the craftsmen;
25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know jthat by this craft we have our wealth.
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone kat Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that lthey 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 mdespised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and nthe world worshippeth.
28 And when they heard these sayings, othey were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, pGreat is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 qAnd the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught rGaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's scompanions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
30 And when Paul would have tentered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
31 And certain of the chief of uAsia, which were his friends, sent unto him, vdesiring him that he would not *adventure himself into the theatre.
32 wSome 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 xAlexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander ybeckoned 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, zGreat is Diana of the Ephesians.
35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, aYe men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is 1a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
- a: Ep. 2:12
- 1: Gr. the temple-keeper.
36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and bto do nothing rashly.
- b: Pr. 14:29
37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither crobbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
- c: Ac. 25:8
38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, 2the law is open, and there are deputies: let them *implead one another.
- 2: Or, the court days are kept. ch. 13.7. , Ac. 13:7
- *: implead-accuse, plead against.
39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a 3lawful assembly.
- 3: Or, ordinary.
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.
- *: concourse-assembly of people, crowd, gathering.