Acts 19:1-40 THE HOLY BIBLE-
The Acts Of The Apostles Chapter 19:1-40
Acts 19:1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and came (down) to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
Acts 19:2 He said to them, "Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?" They answered him, "We have never even heard that there is a holy Spirit."
Acts 19:3 He said, "How were you baptized?" They replied, "With the baptism of John."
Acts 19:4 Paul then said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus."
Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:6 And when Paul laid (his) hands on them, the holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Acts 19:7 Altogether there were about twelve men.
Acts 19:8 He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the kingdom of God.
Acts 19:9 But when some in their obstinacy and disbelief disparaged the Way before the assembly, he withdrew and took his disciples with him and began to hold daily discussions in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
Acts 19:10 This continued for two years with the result that all the inhabitants of the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord, Jews and Greeks alike.
Acts 19:11 So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul
Acts 19:12 that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.
Acts 19:14 When the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, tried to do this,
Acts 19:15 the evil spirit said to them in reply, "Jesus I recognize, Paul I know, but who are you?"
Acts 19:16 The person with the evil spirit then sprang at them and subdued them all. He so overpowered them that they fled naked and wounded from that house.
Acts 19:17 When this became known to all the Jews and Greeks who lived in Ephesus, fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in great esteem.
Acts 19:18 Many of those who had become believers came forward and openly acknowledged their former practices.
Acts 19:19 Moreover, a large number of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in public. They calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand silver pieces.
Acts 19:20 Thus did the word of the Lord continue to spread with influence and power.
Acts 19:21 When this was concluded, Paul made up his mind to travel through Macedonia and Achaia, and then to go on to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must visit Rome also."
Acts 19:22 Then he sent to Macedonia two of his assistants, Timothy and Erastus, while he himself stayed for a while in the province of Asia.
Acts 19:23 About that time a serious disturbance broke out concerning the Way.
Acts 19:24 There was a silversmith named Demetrius who made miniature silver shrines of Artemis and provided no little work for the craftsmen.
Acts 19:25 He called a meeting of these and other workers in related crafts and said, "Men, you know well that our prosperity derives from this work.
Acts 19:26 As you can now see and hear, not only in Ephesus but throughout most of the province of Asia this Paul has persuaded and misled a great number of people by saying that gods made by hands are not gods at all.
Acts 19:27 The danger grows, not only that our business will be discredited, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be of no account, and that she whom the whole province of Asia and all the world worship will be stripped of her magnificence."
Acts 19:28 When they heard this, they were filled with fury and began to shout, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
Acts 19:29 The city was filled with confusion, and the people rushed with one accord into the theater, seizing Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians, Paul's traveling companions.
Acts 19:30 Paul wanted to go before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him,
Acts 19:31 and even some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent word to him advising him not to venture into the theater.
Acts 19:32 Meanwhile, some were shouting one thing, others something else; the assembly was in chaos, and most of the people had no idea why they had come together.
Acts 19:33 Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, as the Jews pushed him forward, and Alexander signaled with his hand that he wished to explain something to the gathering.
Acts 19:34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, for about two hours, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
Acts 19:35 Finally the town clerk restrained the crowd and said, "You Ephesians, what person is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image that fell from the sky?
Acts 19:36 Since these things are undeniable, you must calm yourselves and not do anything rash.
Acts 19:37 The men you brought here are not temple robbers, nor have they insulted our goddess.
Acts 19:38 If Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a complaint against anyone, courts are in session, and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another.
Acts 19:39 If you have anything further to investigate, let the matter be settled in the lawful assembly,
Acts 19:40 for, as it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today's conduct. There is no cause for it. We shall (not) be able to give a reason for this demonstration." With these words he dismissed the assembly.