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Acts 19

Acts 19:1 And it came to passe, while Apollos was at Corinthus, that Paul when he passed thorow the vpper coasts, came to Ephesus, and found certaine disciples, Acts 19:2 And saide vnto them, Haue ye receiued the holy Ghost since ye beleeued? And they saide vnto him, Wee haue not so much as heard whether there be an holy Ghost. Acts 19:3 And he said vnto them, Vnto what were ye then baptized? And they saide, Vnto Iohns baptisme. Acts 19:4 Then saide Paul, Iohn verely baptized with the baptisme of repentance, saying vnto the people, that they shoulde beleeue in him, which should come after him, that is, in Christ Iesus. Acts 19:5 And when they heard it, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Iesus.

The Holy Ghost is given by Paul's hands.

Acts 19:6 So Paul layde his handes vpon them, and the holy Ghost came on them, and they spake the tongues, and prophecied. Acts 19:7 And all the men were about twelue. Acts 19:8 Moreouer he went into the Synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three moneths, disputing and exhorting to the things that appertaine to the kingdome of God.

The Jews blaspheme his doctrine, which is confirmed by miracles.

Acts 19:9 But when certaine were hardened, and disobeyed, speaking euill of the way of God before the multitude, hee departed from them, and separated the disciples, and disputed dayly in the schole of one Tyrannus. Acts 19:10 And this was done by the space of two yeeres, so that all they which dwelt in Asia, heard the word of ye Lord Iesus, both Iewes & Grecians. Acts 19:11 And God wrought no small miracles by the handes of Paul, Acts 19:12 So that from his body were brought vnto the sicke, kerchefs or handkerchefs, and the diseases departed from them, and the euill spirits went out of them.

The Jewish exorcists

Acts 19:13 Then certaine of the vagabond Iewes, exorcistes, tooke in hand to name ouer them which had euil spirits, the Name of the Lord Iesus, saying, We adiure you by Iesus, whom Paul preacheth. Acts 19:14 (And there were certaine sonnes of Sceua a Iewe, the Priest, about seuen which did this) Acts 19:15 And the euil spirit answered, and said, Iesus I acknowledge, and Paul I know: but who are ye?

are beaten by a devil.

Acts 19:16 And the man in whome the euil spirit was, ranne on them, and ouercame them, and preuailed against them, so that they fledde out of that house, naked, and wounded. Acts 19:17 And this was knowen to all the Iewes and Grecians also, which dwelt at Ephesus, and feare came on them all, and the Name of the Lord Iesus was magnified, Acts 19:18 And many that beleeued, came and confessed, and shewed their workes.

Conjuring books are burnt.

Acts 19:19 Many also of them which vsed curious artes, brought their bookes, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fiftie thousand pieces of siluer. Acts 19:20 So the worde of God grewe mightily, and preuailed.

Acts 19:21 Nowe when these things were accomplished, Paul purposed by the Spirite to passe through Macedonia and Achaia, and to goe to Hierusalem, saying, After I haue bene there, I must also see Rome. Acts 19:22 So sent hee into Macedonia two of them that ministred vnto him, Timotheus and Erastus, but he remained in Asia for a season. Acts 19:23 And the same time there arose no small trouble about that way.

Demetrius, for love of gain, raiseth an uproar against Paul,

Acts 19:24 For a certaine man named Demetrius a siluersmith, which made siluer temples of Diana, brought great gaines vnto the craftesmen, Acts 19:25 Whom he called together, with the workemen of like things, and saide, Syrs, ye knowe that by this craft we haue our goods: Acts 19:26 Moreouer ye see and heare, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia this Paul hath perswaded, and turned away much people, saying, That they be not gods which are made with handes. Acts 19:27 So that not onely this thing is dangerous vnto vs, that this our portion shall be reproued, but also that the temple of the great goddesse Diana should be nothing esteemed, and that it would come to passe that her magnificence, which all Asia & the world worshippeth, should be destroyed. Acts 19:28 Now when they heard it, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. Acts 19:29 And the whole citie was full of confusion, and they rushed into the common place with one assent, and caught Gaius, and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, and Pauls companions of his iourney. Acts 19:30 And when Paul would haue entred in vnto the people, the disciples suffred him not. Acts 19:31 Certaine also of the chiefe of Asia which were his friendes, sent vnto him, desiring him that hee woulde not present him selfe in the Common place. Acts 19:32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assemblie was out of order, and the more part knewe not wherefore they were come together. Acts 19:33 And some of the company drew foorth Alexander, the Iewes thrusting him forwards. Alexander then beckened with the hande, and woulde haue excused the matter to the people. Acts 19:34 But when they knew that he was a Iewe, there arose a shoute almost for the space of two houres, of all men crying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

which is appeased by the town clerk.

Acts 19:35 Then the towne clearke when hee had stayed the people, saide, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is it that knoweth not howe that the citie of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddesse Diana, and of the image, which came downe from Iupiter? Acts 19:36 Seeing then that no man can speake against these things, ye ought to be appeased, and to doe nothing rashly. Acts 19:37 For yee haue brought hither these men, which haue neither committed sacrilege, neither doe blaspheme your goddesse. Acts 19:38 Wherefore, if Demetrius and the craftes men which are with him, haue a matter against any man, the lawe is open, and there are Deputies: let them accuse one another. Acts 19:39 But if ye inquire any thing cocerning other matters, it may be determined in a lawful assembly. Acts 19:40 For we are euen in ieopardie to be accused of this dayes sedition, for as much as there is no cause, whereby we may giue a reason of this concourse of people. Acts 19:41 And when he had thus spoken, hee let the assembly depart.

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