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Paul Arrives In Ephesus. He Baptizes Some Disciples of Apollos

19 And it came about during Apollos’s being in Corinth that Paul, having gone through the upper regions, came down to Ephesus and found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit, having believed?” And the ones said to him, “But we did not even hear if [a] the Holy Spirit is given”. And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And the ones said, “Into John’s baptism”. And Paul said, “John baptized a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Jesus”. And having heard it, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And Paul having laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they were speaking in tongues and prophesying. And all the men were [totaling] about twelve.

Paul Ministers In Ephesus For Over Two Years, Teaching And Doing Miracles

And having entered into the synagogue, he was speaking-boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading as to the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when some were becoming-hardened, and were disobeying, speaking-evil-of the Way before the assembly— having departed from them, he separated the disciples, reasoning daily in the school[b] of Tyrannus. 10 And this took place for two[c] years, so that all the ones dwelling-in Asia heard the word of the Lord— both Jews and Greeks. 11 And God was doing not the ordinary[d] miracles by the hands of Paul— 12 so that handkerchiefs or aprons[e] were even being carried-forth[f] from his skin to the ones being sick, and the diseases were being released from them, and the evil spirits were going out.

Even Some Non-Believing Priests Tried To Utilize Paul’s Power

13 And even some of the Jewish exorcists[g] going-around attempted to name the name of the Lord Jesus over the ones having the evil spirits, saying, “I make you swear[h] by the Jesus Whom Paul is proclaiming”. 14 Now there were seven sons of a certain Sceva[i], a Jewish chief priest, doing this. 15 But having responded, the evil spirit said to them, “I know Jesus and know-about Paul, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit— having leaped on them, having subdued[j] all[k] of them— prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and having been wounded. 17 And this became known to all the ones dwelling-in Ephesus— both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all.

Jesus Was Being Magnified And The Word of The Lord Was Prevailing

18 And the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. And many of the ones having believed were coming, confessing-out[l] and declaring[m] their [evil] practices. 19 And many of the ones having practiced sorceries, having brought-together their books, were burning them up in the presence of everyone. And they calculated-up the prices of them, and found it to be fifty thousand silver-coins[n]. 20 Thus in accordance with the might[o] of the Lord, the word was growing and prevailing.

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  1. Acts 19:2 Or, whether there is [yet] a Holy Spirit. They had not heard that John’s prediction had come to pass, Mt 3:11.
  2. Acts 19:9 That is, school building.
  3. Acts 19:10 During this time, Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, and perhaps Galatians (see 14:28).
  4. Acts 19:11 In other words, unusual, uncommon.
  5. Acts 19:12 That is, such as a worker would wear.
  6. Acts 19:12 Or, brought, taken.
  7. Acts 19:13 These men cast out demons using magical formulas and oaths. They tried using the sentence that follows as part of their ritual.
  8. Acts 19:13 This seems to be intended to force the demon to leave rather than swear allegiance to Christ.
  9. Acts 19:14 This is the man’s name.
  10. Acts 19:16 Or, overpowered.
  11. Acts 19:16 Or, both, if only two were active participants in this case.
  12. Acts 19:18 Or, confessing-openly. That is, confessing Jesus; or, confessing their practices.
  13. Acts 19:18 Or, disclosing.
  14. Acts 19:19 This probably refers to the drachma, which is equivalent to a denarius, one day’s wage for a laborer. Thus, this is a considerable sum of money.
  15. Acts 19:20 Or, His might, the word of the Lord (the emphasis being upon ‘of the Lord’).

Paul in Ephesus

19 While Apollos(A) was at Corinth,(B) Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.(C) There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit(D) when[a] you believed?”

They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

“John’s baptism,” they replied.

Paul said, “John’s baptism(E) was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”(F) On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.(G) When Paul placed his hands on them,(H) the Holy Spirit came on them,(I) and they spoke in tongues[b](J) and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.

Paul entered the synagogue(K) and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.(L) But some of them(M) became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way.(N) So Paul left them. He took the disciples(O) with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years,(P) so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia(Q) heard the word of the Lord.(R)

11 God did extraordinary miracles(S) through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured(T) and the evil spirits left them.

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits(U) tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus(V) whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus,(W) they were all seized with fear,(X) and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.[c] 20 In this way the word of the Lord(Y) spread widely and grew in power.(Z)

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  1. Acts 19:2 Or after
  2. Acts 19:6 Or other languages
  3. Acts 19:19 A drachma was a silver coin worth about a day’s wages.

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