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Acts 19

Acts 19:1 It fortuned þt whyll Apollo was at Corinthum, Paul passed thorowe the vpper coastes, and came to Ephesus, and founde certayne dysciples, Acts 19:2 and sayde vnto them haue ye receaued the holy ghost, sence ye beleued? And they sayde vnto hym: no, we haue not hearde whether ther be eny holy ghost or no. Acts 19:3 And he sayde vnto them. wherwith were ye then baptysed? And they sayde: with Iohns baptyme. Acts 19:4 Then sayde Paul: Iohn verely baptysed with the baptim of repentaunce, sayinge vnto the people that they shulde beleue on hym, which shuld come after him: that is on Christ Iesus. Acts 19:5 When they hearde thys, they were baptysed in the name of the Lorde Iesu.

The Holy Ghost is given by Paul's hands.

Acts 19:6 And whan Paul layde hys handes vpon them. the holy ghost came on them, and they spake with tonges, and prophesyed, Acts 19:7 and all the men were aboute twelue. Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagoge, and behaued hym selfe boldely for þe space of thre monethes, disputinge and geuinge them exhortacions of the kyngdome of God.

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

Acts 19:9 When dyuers wexed hard herted and beleued not, but spake euyll of the waye (and that before the multitude) he departed from them, and seperated the disciples. And he disputed dayly in the scole of one called Tyranus. Acts 19:10 And this contynued by the space of two yeares: so that all they which dwelt in Asia, heard the worde of the Lorde Iesu, both Iewes and Grekes. Acts 19:11 And God wrought speciall myracles by the handes of Paul: Acts 19:12 so that from his body, were brought vnto the sicke, napkins & partelettes, & the diseases departed from them, and the euyll spretes went out of them.

The Jewish exorcists

Acts 19:13 Then certayne of the vagabunde Iewes exorcistes, toke vpon them to call ouer them (which had euyll spretes) þe name of þe Lorde Iesus, sayinge: We adiure you by Iesu, whom Paul preacheth. Acts 19:14 And ther were seuen sonnes of one Sceua a Iew and chefe of the prestes which dyd so. Acts 19:15 And the euyll sprete answered and sayd: Iesus I knowe, & Paul I knowe: but who are ye?

are beaten by a devil.

Acts 19:16 And the man in whom the euyll sprete was, ranne on them, and ouercame them, and preuayled agaynst them so that they fledd out of that house naked and wounded. Acts 19:17 And this was knowen to all the Iewes and Grekes also, which dwelt at Ephesus, & feare came on them all, & the name of the Lorde Iesus was magnyfyed. Acts 19:18 And many that beleued, cam, and confessed and shewed their worckes.

Conjuring books are burnt.

Acts 19:19 Many of them which vsed curious craftes, brought their bokes, and burned them before all men, and they counted the pryce of them, and founde it fyfty thousand syluerlynges. Acts 19:20 So mightely grewe the word of God, and preuayled.

Acts 19:21 After these thynges were ended, Paul purposed in the sprete (whan he had passed ouer Macedonia and Achaia) to go to Ierusalem, saying: After I haue bene there, I must also se Rome. Acts 19:22 So sent he into Macedonia two of them that ministred vnto hym, euen Timotheus & Erastus: but he hym selfe remayned in Asia for a season. Acts 19:23 The same tyme ther arose no lytell a do aboute that waye.

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

Acts 19:24 For a certayne man named Demetrius, a syluersmyth (which made syluer shrynes for Diana) was not a lytell beneficiall vnto þe craftesmen. Acts 19:25 Whom he called together with the workemen of lyke occupacion, and sayd: Syrs, ye knowe that by this crafte we haue aduauntage. Acts 19:26 Moreouer, ye se & heare that not alone at Ephesus, but allmost thorowe out all Asia, thys Paul hath persuaded & turned awaye moche people sayinge, that they be not goddes which are made with handes. Acts 19:27 So that not only this oure crafte cometh into parell to be set at nought: but also that the temple of the greate Goddesse Diana shulde be despysed, & her magnificence shulde be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshyppeth. Acts 19:28 When they hearde these sayinges, they were full of wrathe, & cryed out, sayinge. Greate is Diana of the Ephesians. Acts 19:29 And al the cytie was on a rore, and they russhed into the comen hall with one assent, & caught Gaius and Aristarcus, men of Macedonia, Pauls companions. Acts 19:30 When Paul wolde haue entred in vnto the people, the dysciples suffred hym not. Acts 19:31 But certayne of þe chefe of Asia (which were his frendes) sent vnto him, desyrynge him, that he wolde not preace into the comen hall. Acts 19:32 Some therfore cryed one thyng and some another, & the congregacion was all out of quiete, & the moare parte knewe not wherfore they were come together. Acts 19:33 Some of the company drue forth Alexander, the Iewes thrustynge hym forwardes. Alexander: beckened with the hande, and wolde haue geuen þe people an answer. Acts 19:34 When they knewe that he was a Iewe, ther arose a shoute almost for the space of two houres, of all men, cryinge: greate is Diana of the Ephesyans.

which is appeased by the town clerk.

Acts 19:35 When the towne clarcke had ceased þe people, he sayde: ye men of Ephesus, what man is it that knoweth not how that the cytie of the Ephesyans is a worshypper of the great goddesse Diana, of the ymage which cam from heauen. Acts 19:36 Seinge then that no man sayth here agaynst, ye ought to be content, and to do nothynge rashly: Acts 19:37 for ye haue brought hyther these men: which are nether robbers of churches, not yet despisers of youre goddesse Acts 19:38 Wherfore, yf Demetrius and the craftes men which are with hym, haue a matter agaynst eny man, the lawe is open, and ther are rulers, let them accuse one another. Acts 19:39 But yf ye goo aboute eny other thynge, it shall be determined in a lawfull congregacyon. Acts 19:40 For we are in ieopardy to be accused of thys dayes vproure, for as moche as ther is no cause, wherby we maye geue a rekenynge of thys concourse of people. Acts 19:41 And when he had thus spoken, he let the congregacion departe.

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