1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the
upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
2 he said to them, Since you believe, did you receive the Holy Spirit? And they said to
him, We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.
3 So he said to them, Into what then were you immersed? And they said, Into John's
4 Then Paul said, John indeed immersed with an immersion of repentance, saying to the
people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ
5 When they heard this, they were immersed in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke
with tongues and prophesied.
7 Now the men were about twelve in all.
8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and
persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
9 But when some were hardened and did not obey, but spoke evil of the Way before the
multitude, he departed from them and separated the disciples, reasoning daily in the
school of a certain Tyrannus.
10 And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the Word of the
Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11 Now God worked unusual works of power through the hands of Paul,
12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the
diseases left them and the evil spirits went out from them.
13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name
of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, We command you by Jesus
whom Paul preaches.
14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I am acquainted with;
but who are you?
16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them and
subdued them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17 This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell
on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.
19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and
burned them in the sight of everyone. And they counted up the value of them, and found
it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So the Word of the Lord grew mightily and was powerful.
21 When these things were completed, 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 those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus,
but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.
23 And about that time there was no small disturbance about the Way;
24 for a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no small profit to the craftsmen.
25 He assembled them with the workers of similar occupation, and said: Men, you know
that we have our wealth by this trade.
26 Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia,
this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods
which are made with hands.
27 So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple
of the great goddess Artemis may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all
Asia and the world revere.
28 Now when they heard this, they were full of anger and cried out, saying, Great is
Artemis of the Ephesians!
29 So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one
accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul's travel companions.
30 And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.
31 Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he
would not venture into the theater.
32 Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused,
and most of them did not know why they had come together.
33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And
Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people.
34 But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two
hours, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!
35 And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: Men of Ephesus, what man
is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great
goddess Artemis, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?
36 Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing
37 For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor
blasphemers of your goddess.
38 Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the
courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another.
39 But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.
40 For we are in danger of being accused of insurrection concerning today, there being
no reason which we may give to account for this riot.
41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.