The Acts of the Apostles (Author Luke)

19:1¤ And it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus and found certain disciples.

19:2And he said to them: Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? But they said to him: We have not so much as heard whether there be a Holy Ghost.

19:3And he said: In what then were you baptized? Who said: In John's baptism.

19:4Then Paul said: John baptized the people with the baptism of penance saying: That they should believe in him, who was to come after him, that is to say, in Jesus.

19:5Having heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

19:6And when Paul had imposed his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came upon them: and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

19:7And all the men were about twelve.

19:8And entering into the synagogue, he spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and exhorting concerning the kingdom of God.

19:9But when some were hardened and believed not, speaking evil of the way of the Lord before the multitude, departing from them, he separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

19:10And this continued for the space of two years, so that all they who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Gentiles.

19:11And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common miracles.

19:12So that even there were brought from his body to the sick, handkerchiefs and aprons: and the diseases departed from them: and the wicked spirits went out of them.

19:13Now some also of the Jewish exorcists, who went about, attempted to invoke over them that had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying: I conjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.

19:14And there were certain men, seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, that did this.

19:15But the wicked spirit, answering, said to them: Jesus I know: and Paul I know. But who are you?

19:16And the man in whom the wicked spirit was, leaping upon them and mastering them both, prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

19:17And this became known to all the Jews and the Gentiles that dwelt at Ephesus. And fear fell on them all: and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

19:18And many of them that believed came, confessing and declaring their deeds

19:19And many of them who had followed curious arts brought together their books and burnt them before all. And, counting the price of them, they found the money to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.

19:20So mightily grew the word of God and was confirmed.

19:21And when these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying: After I have been there, I must see Rome also.

19:22And sending into Macedonia two of them that ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, he himself remained for a time in Asia.

19:23Now at that time there arose no small disturbance about the way of the Lord.

19:24For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver temples for Diana, brought no small gain to the craftsmen.

19:25Whom he calling together with the workmen of like occupation, said: Sirs, you know that our gain is by this trade.

19:26And you see and hear that this Paul, by persuasion hath drawn away a great multitude, not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, saying: they are not gods which are made by hands.

19:27So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought, but also the temple of great Diana shall be reputed for nothing! Yea, and her majesty shall begin to be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

19:28Having heard these things, they were full of anger and cried out, saying: Great is Diana of the Ephesians!

19:29And the whole city was filled with confusion. And having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

19:30And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

19:31And some also of the rulers of Asia, who were his friends, sent unto him, desiring that he would not venture himself into the theatre.

19:32Now some cried one thing, some another. For the assembly was confused: and the greater part knew not for what cause they were come together.

19:33And they drew forth Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews thrusting him forward. And Alexander, beckoning with his hand for silence, would have given the people satisfaction,

19:34But as soon as they perceived him to be a Jew, all with one voice, for the space of about two, hours, cried out: Great is Diana of the Ephesians!

19:35And when the town clerk had appeased the multitudes, he said: Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great Diana and of Jupiter's offspring?

19:36For as much therefore as these things cannot be contradicted, you ought to be quiet and to do nothing rashly.

19:37For you have brought hither these men, who are neither guilty of sacrilege nor of blasphemy against your goddess.

19:38But if Demetrius and the craftsmen that are with him have a matter against any man, the courts of justice are open: and there are proconsuls. Let them accuse one another.

19:39And if you inquire after any other matter, it may be decided in a lawful assembly.

19:40For we are even in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no man guilty (of whom we may give account) of this concourse.

19:41And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

20:1¤ And after the tumult was ceased, Paul calling to him the disciples and exhorting them, took his leave and set forward to go into Macedonia.

20:2And when he had gone over those parts and had exhorted them with many words, he came into Greece:

20:3Where, when he had spent three months, the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria. So he took a resolution to return through Macedonia.

20:4And there accompanied him Sopater, the son of Pyrrhus, of Berea: and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus: and Gaius of Derbe and Timothy: and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

20:5These, going before, stayed for us at Troas.

20:6But we sailed from Philippi after the days of the azymes and came to them to Troas in five days, where we abode seven days.

20:7And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow. And he continued his speech until midnight.

20:8And there were a great number of lamps in the upper chamber where we were assembled.

20:9And a certain young man named Eutychus, sitting on the window, being oppressed with a deep sleep (as Paul was long preaching), by occasion of his sleep fell from the third loft down and was taken up dead.

20:10To whom, when Paul had gone down, he laid himself upon him and, embracing him, said: Be not troubled, for his soul is in him.

20:11Then going up and breaking bread and tasting and having talked a long time to them, until daylight, so he departed.

20:12And they brought the youth alive and were not a little comforted.

20:13But we going aboard the ship, sailed to Assos, being there to take in Paul. For so he had appointed, himself purposing to travel by land.

20:14And when he had met with us at Assos, we took him in and came to Mitylene.

20:15And sailing thence, the day following we came over against Chios: and the next day we arrived at Samos: and the day following we came to Miletus.

20:16For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, lest he should be stayed any time in Asia. For he hasted, if it were possible for him, to keep the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem.

20:17And sending from Miletus to Ephesus, he called the ancients of the church.

20:18And when they were come to him and were together, he said to them: You know from the first day that I came into Asia, in what manner I have been with you, for all the time.

20:19Serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and temptations which befell me by the conspiracies of the Jews:

20:20How I have kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have preached it to you, and taught you publicly, and from house to house,

20:21Testifying both to Jews and Gentiles penance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

20:22And now, behold, being bound in the spirit, I go to Jerusalem: not knowing the things which shall befall me there:

20:23Save that the Holy Ghost in every city witnesseth to me, saying: That bands and afflictions wait for me at Jerusalem.

20:24But I fear none of these things, neither do I count my life more precious than myself, so that I may consummate my course and the ministry of the word which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

20:25And now behold, I know that all you, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

20:26Wherefore I take you to witness this day that I am clear from the blood of all men.

20:27For I have not spared to declare unto you all, the counsel of God.

20:28Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood.

20:29I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

20:30And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

20:31Therefore watch, keeping in memory that for three years I ceased not with tears to admonish every one of you, night and day.

20:32And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, who is able to build up and to give an inheritance among all the sanctified.

20:33I have not coveted any man's silver, gold or apparel, as

20:34You yourselves know. For such things as were needful for me and them that are with me, these hands have furnished.

20:35I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring you ought to support the weak and to remember the word of the Lord Jesus, how he said: It is a more blessed thing to give, rather than to receive.

20:36And when he had said these things, kneeling down, he prayed with them all.

20:37And there was much weeping among them all. And falling on the neck of Paul, they kissed him,

20:38Being grieved most of all for the word which he had said, that they should see his face no more. And they brought him on his way to the ship.

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