And it came to pass, in Apollos' being in Corinth, Paul
having gone through the upper parts, came to Ephesus, and having found certain
he said unto them, 'The Holy Spirit did ye receive -- having
believed?' and they said unto him, 'But we did not even hear whether there is
any Holy Spirit;'
and he said unto them, 'To what, then, were ye baptized?'
and they said, 'To John's baptism.'
And Paul said, 'John, indeed, did baptize with a baptism of
reformation, saying to the people that in him who is coming after him they
should believe -- that is, in the Christ -- Jesus;'
and they, having heard, were baptized -- to the name of the
and Paul having laid on them his hands, the Holy
Spirit came upon them, they were speaking also with tongues, and prophesying,
and all the men were, as it were, twelve.
And having gone into the synagogue, he was speaking boldly
for three months, reasoning and persuading the things concerning the reign of
and when certain were hardened and were disbelieving,
speaking evil of the way before the multitude, having departed from them, he
did separate the disciples, every day reasoning in the school of a certain
And this happened for two years so that all those dwelling
in Asia did hear the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks,
mighty works also -- not common -- was God working through
the hands of Paul,
so that even unto the ailing were brought from his body
handkerchiefs or aprons, and the sicknesses departed from them; the evil
spirits also went forth from them.
And certain of the wandering exorcist Jews, took upon them
to name over those having the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying,
'We adjure you by Jesus, whom Paul doth preach;'
and there were certain -- seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a
chief priest -- who are doing this thing;
and the evil spirit, answering, said, 'Jesus I know, and
Paul I am acquainted with; and ye -- who are ye?'
And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaping upon them,
and having overcome them, prevailed against them, so that naked and wounded
they did flee out of that house,
and this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who are
dwelling at Ephesus, and fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord
Jesus was being magnified,
many also of those who did believe were coming, confessing
and declaring their acts,
and many of those who had practised the curious arts, having
brought the books together, were burning them before all; and they
reckoned together the prices of them, and found it five myriads of
so powerfully was the word of God increasing and prevailing.
And when these things were fulfilled, Paul purposed in the
Spirit, having gone through Macedonia and Achaia, to go on to Jerusalem, saying
-- 'After my being there, it behoveth me also to see Rome;'
and having sent to Macedonia two of those ministering to him
-- Timotheus and Erastus -- he himself stayed a time in Asia.
And there came, at that time, not a little stir about the
for a certain one, Demetrius by name, a worker in silver,
making silver sanctuaries of Artemis, was bringing to the artificers gain not a
whom, having brought in a crowd together, and those who did
work about such things, he said, 'Men, ye know that by this work we have our
and ye see and hear, that not only at Ephesus, but almost in
all Asia, this Paul, having persuaded, did turn away a great multitude, saying,
that they are not gods who are made by hands;
and not only is this department in danger for us of coming
into disregard, but also, that of the great goddess Artemis the temple is to be
reckoned for nothing, and also her greatness is about to be brought down, whom
all Asia and the world doth worship.'
And they having heard, and having become full of wrath, were
crying out, saying, 'Great is the Artemis of the Ephesians!'
and the whole city was filled with confusion, they rushed
also with one accord into the theatre, having caught Gaius and Aristarchus,
Macedonians, Paul's fellow-travellers.
And on Paul's purposing to enter in unto the populace, the
disciples were not suffering him,
and certain also of the chief men of Asia, being his
friends, having sent unto him, were entreating him not to venture himself into
Some indeed, therefore, were calling out one thing, and some
another, for the assembly was confused, and the greater part did not know for
what they were come together;
and out of the multitude they put forward Alexander -- the
Jews thrusting him forward -- and Alexander having beckoned with the hand,
wished to make defence to the populace,
and having known that he is a Jew, one voice came out of
all, for about two hours, crying, 'Great is the Artemis of the
And the public clerk having quieted the multitude, saith,
'Men, Ephesians, why, who is the man that doth not know that the city of the
Ephesians is a devotee of the great goddess Artemis, and of that which fell
down from Zeus?
these things, then, not being to be gainsaid, it is
necessary for you to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
'For ye brought these men, who are neither temple-robbers
nor speaking evil of your goddess;
if indeed, therefore, Demetrius and the artificers with him
with any one have a matter, court days are held, and there are
proconsuls; let them accuse one another.
'And if ye seek after anything concerning other matters, in
the legal assembly it shall be determined;
for we are also in peril of being accused of insurrection in
regard to this day, there being no occasion by which we shall be able to give
an account of this concourse;'
and these things having said, he dismissed the assembly.