1. And while Apollo was in Corinth, Paul went around the northern* countries and came to Ephesus, and he questioned the disciples that he found there.
2. "Did you receive the holy Spirit from the time that you had faith?" They replied and told him, "There is even no holy Spirit we heard."*
3. He told them, "And by what were you baptized?" They said, "By the baptism of John."
4. Paul told them, "John baptized the baptism of grace to the people, while he proclaimed that they believe in whom followed after him, who was Jesus the Messiah."
5. And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
6. And Paul consecrated the hand over them, and the holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in different languages,* and they prophesied.
7. They were then all twelve people.
8. And Paul entered the synagogue and spoke openly indeed for three months, and he testified regarding the Kingdom of God.
9. And some of the people cooled off and made fun and laughed at the Way of God before the crowds of non-Jews,* hence Paul distanced himself, and he chose out of them disciples, and every day he discoursed with them in the school of a man whose name was Tyrannus.
10. And this was for two years, while* they heard about the Manifestation of the Lord, all who lived in Asia, Jews and Aramaic [speaking peoples.]
11. And God performed great powers by the hand of Paul,
12. Such that when they even brought the clothes on his body, his shirts or kerchiefs, and consecrated them over the ill, the illnesses would abandon them, and even the demons came out of them.
13. Some Jewish people also were wont to go around and swear about the [exorcism of] demons, swearing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, over those who had evil spirits, while saying, "We swear to you in the name of Jesus of whom Paul preaches."
14. There were, however, seven sons of a Jewish man, chief high priest, whose name was Sceva, who did like this.
15. And the evil demon said to them, "Jesus I recognize and of Paul I know, you, however, who are you?"
16. And the man who had the evil spirit pounced on them and overpowered and subdued them. And they ran away from the house exposed and humiliated.
17. And this became known by all the Jews and Aramaeans who lived in Ephesus, and great fear fell over all of them, and the name of our Lord Jesus Christ was exalted.
18. And many of those who believed came and declared their foolishness and confessed what they did.
19. And many, even magicians gathered their books and burned them before everyone. And they counted their value and it went higher, five thousand times more in currency.
20. And this was a great undertaking,* and it increased the faith of God.
21. While all this transpired, Paul set his sight on traveling throughout Macedonia and Achaia and going to Jerusalem. And he said, "If I go there, then it is my duty to also see Rome."
22. And he sent two of the people who served him, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia. He, however, remained for a while* in Asia.
23. There was at that time* a great riot against the Way of God.
24. There was there then someone by the name of Demetrius, who was a silversmith, who made silver shrines to Artemis, and enriched his fellow craftsmen greatly.
25. He gathered all the members of his profession and told them, "Men, you know that all our trade is from this work.
26. "You too have heard and you have seen that it is not only Ephesus, except most of Asia this Paul has indoctrinated, and he goes around saying, 'These are no gods, these are made by human hands.'
27. "And not only this phenomenon* will be diffused and abolished, except even the temple of the goddess Artemis the great will be regarded as nothing, and even that goddess of all Asia, and all the nations worship her, will disappear."
28. And as they heard these [words,] they were filled with rage, and they cried out and said, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
29. And the whole town was stirred up, and they all ran like one and went to the theater, and they seized and took along with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonian men, companions of Paul.
30. And Paul wished to enter the theater and the disciples stopped him.
31. And also the leaders of Asia, because they loved him, sent word* asking him not to risk* his life in entering the theater.
32. The crowds that were in the theater, however, were extremely agitated.* And others cried out different things. Many of them did not even know why they had gathered.
33. However, the Jewish people that were there appointed a Jewish man whose name was Alexander to speak on their behalf,* and as he stood up, he indicated with his hand, and he wished the holy Spirit would descend upon the people.
34. And when they understood that he was a Jew, they cried out in one voice for two hours, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
35. And the head of the town calmed them down, as he said, "Ephesian men, who does not know of the Ephesian town, which is the abbey of the great Artemis, and her face that descended from heaven.
36. "Because of that no human being can say anything against this, and not to you to be silent, and do not do anything hastily.
37. "For you have brought these men here who neither attacked the temple, nor insulted the goddess.
38. "If, however, this Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against these people, behold the proconsul is in town, you are talented, you present your case and judge each other.
39. "And if it is something else you want, let it be resolved according to the laws in the assembly.
40. "Because even now we stand dangerously feeling like a mob, unable to call* the holy Spirit upon this gathering, on this day that we have gathered needlessly and stirred ourselves up without cause."
41. And as he said these [words,] he dismissed* the crowd.
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*19:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Upper."
*19:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And also not if holy Spirit we heard."
*19:6 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "By tongue, by tongue."
*19:9 Lit. Ar. id.: "The nations."
*19:10 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Since."
*19:20 Lit. Ar. construction: "With great force was clenched."
*19:22 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
*19:23 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
*19:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "Utterance," belief or cult.
*19:31.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Forth."
*19:31.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Give his soul."
*19:32 Lit. Ar. expression: "Well riotous."
*19:33 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Raised Alexander."
*19:35 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "For who from the human beings."
*19:40 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Emerge."
*19:41 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Released."