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Acts chapter 190
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Paul in Ephesus

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.
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.
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.

The sons of Sceva

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?
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.
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.
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.

Demetrius the Silversmith

23 And 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 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.
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.

Events: Paul in Ephesus, The sons of Sceva, Burning of books about magic, Demetrius the Silversmith

1 factum est autem cum Apollo esset Corinthi ut Paulus peragratis superioribus partibus veniret Ephesum et inveniret quosdam discipulos
2 dixitque ad eos si Spiritum Sanctum accepistis credentes at illi ad eum sed neque si Spiritus Sanctus est audivimus
3 ille vero ait in quo ergo baptizati estis qui dixerunt in Iohannis baptismate
4 dixit autem Paulus Iohannes baptizavit baptisma paenitentiae populum dicens in eum qui venturus esset post ipsum ut crederent hoc est in Iesum
5 his auditis baptizati sunt in nomine Domini Iesu
6 et cum inposuisset illis manum Paulus venit Spiritus Sanctus super eos et loquebantur linguis et prophetabant
7 erant autem omnes viri fere duodecim
8 introgressus autem synagogam cum fiducia loquebatur per tres menses disputans et suadens de regno Dei
9 cum autem quidam indurarentur et non crederent maledicentes viam coram multitudine discedens ab eis segregavit discipulos cotidie disputans in scola Tyranni
10 hoc autem factum est per biennium ita ut omnes qui habitabant in Asia audirent verbum Domini Iudaei atque gentiles
11 virtutesque non quaslibet Deus faciebat per manus Pauli
12 ita ut etiam super languidos deferrentur a corpore eius sudaria vel semicintia et recedebant ab eis languores et spiritus nequam egrediebantur
13 temptaverunt autem quidam et de circumeuntibus iudaeis exorcistis invocare super eos qui habebant spiritus malos nomen Domini Iesu dicentes adiuro vos per Iesum quem Paulus praedicat
14 erant autem quidam Scevae Iudaei principis sacerdotum septem filii qui hoc faciebant
15 respondens autem spiritus nequam dixit eis Iesum novi et Paulum scio vos autem qui estis
16 et insiliens homo in eos in quo erat daemonium pessimum et dominatus amborum invaluit contra eos ita ut nudi et vulnerati effugerent de domo illa
17 hoc autem notum factum est omnibus Iudaeis atque gentilibus qui habitabant Ephesi et cecidit timor super omnes illos et magnificabatur nomen Domini Iesu
18 multique credentium veniebant confitentes et adnuntiantes actus suos
19 multi autem ex his qui fuerant curiosa sectati contulerunt libros et conbuserunt coram omnibus et conputatis pretiis illorum invenerunt pecuniam denariorum quinquaginta milium
20 ita fortiter verbum Dei crescebat et confirmabatur
21 his autem expletis posuit Paulus in Spiritu transita Macedonia et Achaia ire Hierosolymam dicens quoniam postquam fuero ibi oportet me et Romam videre
22 mittens autem in Macedoniam duos ex ministrantibus sibi Timotheum et Erastum ipse remansit ad tempus in Asia
23 facta est autem in illo tempore turbatio non minima de via
24 Demetrius enim quidam nomine argentarius faciens aedes argenteas Dianae praestabat artificibus non modicum quaestum
25 quos convocans et eos qui eiusmodi erant opifices dixit viri scitis quia de hoc artificio adquisitio est nobis
26 et videtis et auditis quia non solum Ephesi sed paene totius Asiae Paulus hic suadens avertit multam turbam dicens quoniam non sunt dii qui manibus fiunt
27 non solum autem haec periclitabitur nobis pars in redargutionem venire sed et magnae deae Dianae templum in nihilum reputabitur sed et destrui incipiet maiestas eius quam tota Asia et orbis colit
28 his auditis repleti sunt ira et exclamaverunt dicentes magna Diana Ephesiorum
29 et impleta est civitas confusione et impetum fecerunt uno animo in theatrum rapto Gaio et Aristarcho Macedonibus comitibus Pauli
30 Paulo autem volente intrare in populum non permiserunt discipuli
31 quidam autem et de Asiae principibus qui erant amici eius miserunt ad eum rogantes ne se daret in theatrum
32 alii autem aliud clamabant erat enim ecclesia confusa et plures nesciebant qua ex causa convenissent
33 de turba autem detraxerunt Alexandrum propellentibus eum Iudaeis Alexander ergo manu silentio postulato volebat rationem reddere populo
34 quem ut cognoverunt Iudaeum esse vox facta est una omnium quasi per horas duas clamantium magna Diana Ephesiorum
35 et cum sedasset scriba turbas dixit viri ephesii quis enim est hominum qui nesciat Ephesiorum civitatem cultricem esse magnae Dianae Iovisque prolis
36 cum ergo his contradici non possit oportet vos sedatos esse et nihil temere agere
37 adduxistis enim homines istos neque sacrilegos neque blasphemantes deam vestram
38 quod si Demetrius et qui cum eo sunt artifices habent adversus aliquem causam conventus forenses aguntur et pro consulibus sunt accusent invicem
39 si quid autem alterius rei quaeritis in legitima ecclesia poterit absolvi
40 nam et periclitamur argui seditionis hodiernae cum nullus obnoxius sit de quo non possimus reddere rationem concursus istius et cum haec dixisset dimisit ecclesiam