The Book of Acts – Chapter 19
1 And while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul travelled over the upper countries to Ephesus.
And he inquired of the disciples whom he found there,
2 Have ye received the Holy Spirit, since ye believed?
They answered and said to him:
If there be a Holy Spirit, it hath not come to our hearing.
3 He said to them:
Into* what then were ye baptized ?
Into the baptism** of John.
4 Paul said to them:
John baptized the people with the baptism of repentance, while he told them to believe in him who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus the Messiah.
5 And when they heard these things, they were baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus Messiah.
6 And Paul laid [his] hand on them; and the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in various tongues, and prophesied.
7 And all the persons were twelve.
8 And Paul entered into the synagogue, and spoke boldly three months, persuading in regard to the kingdom of God.
9 And some of them were hardened, and disputatious, and reviled the way of God before the assembly of the people.
Then Paul withdrew himself, and separated the disciples from them.
And he discoursed with them daily in the school of a man named Tyrannus.
10 And this continued for two years, until all who resided in [Proconsular] Asia, both Jews and Gentiles, heard the word of the Lord.
11 And God wrought very great miracles by the hand of Paul:
12 so that, from the clothes on his body, napkins and rags were carried and laid upon the sick, and the diseases left them, and demons also went out.
13 And moreover certain Jews, who went:
about exorcising demons, were disposed to exorcise in the name of our Lord Jesus over those who had unclean spirits, by saying:
We adjure you, in the name of that Jesus whom Paul announceth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did this.
15 And the evil demon answered and said to them:
Jesus I well know, and Paul I know, but as for you, who are ye?
16 And the man in whom was the evil demon leaped upon them, and overpowered them, and threw them down:
and they fled out of the house denuded and bruised.
17 And this became known to all the Jews and Gentiles, who resided at Ephesus.
And fear fell on them all, and the name of our Lord Jesus Messiah was exalted.
18 And many of them that believed, came and narrated their faults, and confessed what they had done.
19 And also many magicians collected their books, and brought and burned them before every body:
and they computed the cost of them, and it amounted to fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.
20 And thus with great power was the faith of God strengthened and increased.
21 And when these things had been accomplished, Paul purposed in his mind, to make the circuit of all Macedonia and Achaia, and [then] go to Jerusalem.
And he said:
After I have gone thither, I must also see Rome.
22 And he sent two persons, of those that ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, into Macedonia; but he himself remained for a time in Asia.
23 And at that time there was great commotion respecting the way of God.
24 For a certain silversmith was there, named Demetrius, who made silver shrines for Diana, and afforded great profits to the artisans of his trade.
25 He assembled all the artisans of his trade, and those who labored with them, and said to them:
Gentlemen, ye know that our gains are all from this manufacture.
26 And ye also know and see, that not only the citizens of Ephesus, but also the mass of all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and enticed away, by saying, that those are not gods, which are made by the hands of men.
27 And not only is this occupation slandered and impeded, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana is accounted as nothing; and likewise the goddess herself of all Asia, and whom all nations worship, is contemned.
28 And when they heard these things they were filled with wrath; and they cried out, and said:
Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And the whole city was in commotion; and they ran together, and entered the theatre.
And they caught, and bore along with them, Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, and associates of Paul.
30 And Paul was disposed to go into the theatre:
but the disciples restrained him.
31 And likewise the chiefs of Asia, because they were his friends, sent and requested of him, that he would not expose himself by going into the theatre.
32 And the multitudes that were in the theatre were in great confusion, and cried, some one thing, and some another:
and many of them knew not for what cause they had come together.
33 And the Jewish people who were there, brought forward one of their men, a Jew, named Alexander.
And he, rising up, waved his hand, and wished to make a defence before the people.
34 But they knowing him to be a Jew, all cried out with one voice, about two hours:
Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
35 But the chief of the city tranquillized them, by saying:
Men of Ephesus, What person is there, among men, who doth not know the city of the Ephesians to be devoted to the worship of the great Diana, and of her image that descended from heaven?
36 Since therefore no one can gainsay this, ye ought to be tranquil, and to do nothing with precipitancy.
37 For ye have brought forward these men, when they have robbed no temples, and have not reviled our goddess.
38 But if Demetrius and the men of his trade have a controversy with any one, lo, there is a proconsul in the city, they are men of dexterity, let them approach and litigate with one another.
39 Or if you desire any other thing, it may be determined in the place assigned by law for an assembly.
40 Because too we are now in danger of being accused as seditious, since we cannot give a reason for the meeting of this day, because we have assembled needlessly, and been tumultuous without a cause.
And having said these things, he dismissed the assembly.
* v.3 "into what" i.e. up to how far – John the baptists had not learned about JESUS’ teaching on the gift of the holy spirit because he was killed, so he did not teach it.
** ‘baptism’ includes the message to immerse in the word, teaching.
2 Esdras 1 KJVA
1 The second book of the prophet Esdras, the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Helchias, the son of Sadamias, the son of Sadoc, the son of Achitob, 2 The son of Achias, the son of Phinees, the son of Heli, the son of Amarias, the son of Aziei, the son of Marimoth, the son of And he spake unto the of Borith, the son of Abisei, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar, 3 The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the land of the Medes, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of the Persians. 4 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5 Go thy way, and shew my people their sinful deeds, and their children their wickedness which they have done against me; that they may tell their children’s children: 6 Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods. 7 Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and despised my counsels. 8 Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, and cast all evil upon them, for they have not been obedient unto my law, but it is a rebellious people. 9 How long shall I forbear them, into whom I have done so much good? 10 Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his servants and all his power have I smitten down. 11 All the nations have I destroyed before them, and in the east I have scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and Sidon, and have slain all their enemies. 12 Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord, 13 I led you through the sea and in the beginning gave you a large and safe passage; I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron for a priest. 14 I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders have I done among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord. 15 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there, 16 And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies, but ever to this day do ye yet murmur. 17 Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me, 18 Saying, Why hast thou brought us into this wilderness to kill us? it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than to die in this wilderness. 19 Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat angels’ bread. 20 When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock, and waters flowed out to your fill? for the heat I covered you with the leaves of the trees. 21 I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the Canaanites, the Pherezites, and the Philistines, before you: what shall I yet do more for you? saith the Lord. 22 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the wilderness, in the river of the Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my name, 23 I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the water, and made the river sweet. 24 What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest not obey me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I give my name, that they may keep my statutes. 25 Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when ye desire me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon you. 26 Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you: for ye have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit manslaughter. 27 Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves, saith the Lord. 28 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I not prayed you as a father his sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young babes, 29 That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father? 30 I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face. 31 When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn feastdays, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken. 32 I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have taken and slain, and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will require of your hands, saith the Lord. 33 Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble. 34 And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have despised my commandment, and done the thing that is an evil before me. 35 Your houses will I give to a people that shall come; which not having heard of me yet shall believe me; to whom I have shewed no signs, yet they shall do that I have commanded them. 36 They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to remembrance, and acknowledge them. 37 I take to witness the grace of the people to come, whose little ones rejoice in gladness: and though they have not seen me with bodily eyes, yet in spirit they believe the thing that I say. 38 And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people that come from the east: 39 Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas, 40 Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and Malachy, which is called also an angel of the Lord.
2 Esdras 1 KJVA