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Acts 19 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Paul at Ephesus
Paul’s Preaching Causes a Riot at Ephesus
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:1 - And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:2 - he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:3 - And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:4 - Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:5 - When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:6 - And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:7 - Now the men were about twelve in all.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:8 - And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:9 - But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:10 - And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Miracles Glorify Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:11 - Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:12 - 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 of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:13 - 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[fn] exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:14 - Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:15 - And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:16 - Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered[fn] them, and prevailed against them,[fn] so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:17 - This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:18 - And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:19 - Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:20 - So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.
The Riot at Ephesus
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:21 - When these things were accomplished, 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:22 - So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:23 - And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:24 - For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana,[fn] brought no small profit to the craftsmen.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:25 - He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:26 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:27 - “So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed,[fn] whom all Asia and the world worship.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:28 - Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:29 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:30 - And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:31 - Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:32 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:33 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:34 - But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:35 - 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 Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:36 - “Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:37 - “For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your[fn] goddess.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:38 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:39 - “But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:40 - “For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 19:41 - And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads I.
M-Text reads and they overpowered.
NU-Text reads both of them.
Greek Artemis
NU-Text reads she be deposed from her magnificence.
NU-Text reads our.

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