19While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers.G1161G1096G625G1511G1722G1722G2882G3972G1330G510G3313G2064G1519G2181G2532G2147G5100G3101 2"Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" he asked them. "No," they replied, "we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."G2036G4314G846G1487G2983G40G4151G4100G1161G2036G4314G846G235G191G3761G191G1487G2076G40G4151 3"Then what baptism did you experience?" he asked. And they replied, "The baptism of John."G5037G2036G4314G846G1519G5101G3767G907G1161G2036G1519G2491G908 4Paul said, "John's baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus."G1161G2036G3972G2491G3303G907G908G3341G3004G2992G2443G4100G1519G2064G3326G846G5123G1519G5547G2424 5As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.G1161G191G907G1519G3686G2962G2424 6Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.G2532G3972G2007G5495G2007G846G40G4151G2064G1909G846G5037G2980G1100G2532G4395 7There were about twelve men in all.G1161G3956G435G2258G5616G1177 8Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God.G1161G1525G1519G4864G3955G1909G5140G3376G1256G2532G3982G4012G932G2316 9But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way. So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him. Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus.G1161G5613G5100G4645G2532G544G2551G3598G1799G4128G868G575G846G873G3101G1256G2596G2250G1722G4981G5100G5181 10This went on for the next two years, so that people throughout the province of Asia—both Jews and Greeks—heard the word of the Lord.G1161G5124G1096G1909G1417G2094G5620G3956G2730G773G191G3056G2962G2424G5037G2453G2532G1672 11God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles.G5037G2316G4160G3756G5177G1411G1223G5495G3972 12When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.G2532G5620G575G846G5559G2018G1909G770G4676G2228G4612G2532G3554G525G575G846G5037G4190G4151G1831G575G846 13A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, "I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!"G1161G5100G575G4022G2453G1845G2021G3687G1909G2192G4190G4151G3686G2962G2424G3004G3726G5209G2424G3739G3972G2784 14Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this.G1161G2258G2033G5207G4630G5100G2453G749G4160G5124 15But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, "I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?"G1161G4190G4151G611G2036G2424G1097G2532G3972G1987G1161G5101G2075G5210 16Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.G2532G444G1722G3739G4190G4151G2258G2177G1909G846G2532G2634G846G2480G2596G846G5620G1628G1537G1565G3624G1131G2532G5135 17The story of what happened spread quickly all through Ephesus, to Jews and Greeks alike. A solemn fear descended on the city, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored.G1161G5124G1096G1110G3956G2453G5037G1672G2532G2730G2181G2532G5401G1968G1909G846G3956G2532G3686G2962G2424G3170 18Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices.G5037G4183G4100G2064G1843G2532G312G846G4234 19A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire. The value of the books was several million dollars.G2425G1161G4238G4021G4851G976G4851G2618G1799G3956G2532G4860G5092G846G2532G2147G4002G3461G694 20So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.G3779G2596G2904G837G3056G2962G2532G2480 21Afterward Paul felt compelled by the Spirit to go over to Macedonia and Achaia before going to Jerusalem. "And after that," he said, "I must go on to Rome!"G1161G5613G5023G4137G3972G5087G1722G4151G1330G3109G2532G882G4198G1519G2419G2036G3754G3326G3165G1096G1563G3165G1163G2532G1492G4516 22He sent his two assistants, Timothy and Erastus, ahead to Macedonia while he stayed awhile longer in the province of Asia.G1161G649G1519G3109G1417G1247G846G5095G2532G2037G846G1907G1519G773G5550 23About that time, serious trouble developed in Ephesus concerning the Way.G1161G2596G1565G2540G1096G3756G3641G5017G4012G3598 24It began with Demetrius, a silversmith who had a large business manufacturing silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis. He kept many craftsmen busy.G1063G5100G3686G1216G695G4160G693G3485G735G3930G3756G3641G2039G5079 25He called them together, along with others employed in similar trades, and addressed them as follows: "Gentlemen, you know that our wealth comes from this business.G3739G4867G2040G4012G5108G2532G2036G435G1987G3754G1537G5026G2039G2076G2257G2142 26But as you have seen and heard, this man Paul has persuaded many people that handmade gods aren't really gods at all. And he's done this not only here in Ephesus but throughout the entire province!G2532G2334G2532G191G3754G3756G3440G2181G235G4975G3956G773G3778G3972G3982G3179G2425G3793G3004G3754G1526G3756G2316G3588G1096G1223G5495 27Of course, I'm not just talking about the loss of public respect for our business. I'm also concerned that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will lose its influence and that Artemis—this magnificent goddess worshiped throughout the province of Asia and all around the world—will be robbed of her great prestige!"G1161G3756G3440G5124G2254G3313G2793G2064G1519G557G235G2532G2411G3173G2299G735G1519G3762G3049G1161G2532G846G3168G3195G2507G3739G3650G773G2532G3625G4576 28At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"G1161G191G1096G4134G2372G2532G2896G3004G3173G735G2180 29Soon the whole city was filled with confusion. Everyone rushed to the amphitheater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, who were Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia.G2532G3650G4172G4130G4799G5037G4884G1050G2532G708G3110G3972G4898G3729G3661G1519G2302 30Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn't let him.G1161G1014G3972G1014G1525G1519G1218G3101G1439G846G3756 31Some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, also sent a message to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the amphitheater.G1161G2532G5100G775G5607G846G5384G3992G4314G846G3870G1325G3361G1325G1438G1519G2302 32Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn't even know why they were there.G243G3767G3303G2896G5100G243G1063G1577G2258G4797G2532G4119G1492G3756G5101G1752G4905 33The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander forward and told him to explain the situation. He motioned for silence and tried to speak.G1161G4264G223G1537G3793G2453G4261G846G4261G4261G1161G223G2678G5495G2309G626G1218 34But when the crowd realized he was a Jew, they started shouting again and kept it up for two hours: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"G1161G1921G3754G2076G2453G3956G1096G1537G3391G5456G5613G1909G1417G5610G2896G3173G735G2180 35At last the mayor was able to quiet them down enough to speak. "Citizens of Ephesus," he said. "Everyone knows that Ephesus is the official guardian of the temple of the great Artemis, whose image fell down to us from heaven.G1161G1122G2687G3793G5346G435G2180G5101G1063G444G2076G3739G1097G3756G4172G2180G5607G3511G3173G2299G735G2532G1356 36Since this is an undeniable fact, you should stay calm and not do anything rash.G5607G3767G5130G368G5209G1163G2076G5225G2687G2532G4238G3367G4312 37You have brought these men here, but they have stolen nothing from the temple and have not spoken against our goddess.G1063G71G5128G435G3777G2417G3777G987G5216G2299 38"If Demetrius and the craftsmen have a case against them, the courts are in session and the officials can hear the case at once. Let them make formal charges.G3303G3767G1487G1216G2532G5079G4862G846G2192G3056G4314G5100G60G71G2532G1526G446G1458G240 39And if there are complaints about other matters, they can be settled in a legal assembly.G1161G1487G1934G5100G4012G2087G1956G1722G1772G1577 40I am afraid we are in danger of being charged with rioting by the Roman government, since there is no cause for all this commotion. And if Rome demands an explanation, we won't know what to say."G1063G2532G2793G1458G4012G4594G4714G5225G3367G158G4012G3739G1410G591G3056G5026G4963 41Then he dismissed them, and they dispersed.G2532G2036G5023G2036G630G1577
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