Acts 19:1-20 Bible in Basic English

Paul at Ephesus

19 1  And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having gone through the higher country, came to Ephesus, where there were certain disciples: 2  And he said to them, Did you get the Holy Spirit when you had faith? And they said to him, No, we have had no knowledge of the Holy Spirit. 3  And he said, What sort of baptism did you have? And they said, The baptism of John. 4  And Paul said, John gave a baptism which goes with a change of heart, saying to the people that they were to have faith in him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus. 5  And hearing this, they had baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6  And when Paul had put his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they had the power of talking in tongues, and acting like prophets. 7  And there were about twelve of these men.

8  And he went into the Synagogue, and for three months he was preaching there without fear, reasoning and teaching about the kingdom of God. 9  But because some of the people were hard-hearted and would not give hearing, saying evil words about the Way before the people, he went away from them, and kept the disciples separate, reasoning every day in the school of Tyrannus. 10  And this went on for two years, so that all those who were living in Asia had knowledge of the word of the Lord, Greeks as well as Jews. 11  And God did special works of power by the hands of Paul: 12  So that bits of linen and clothing from his body were taken to people who were ill, and their diseases went away from them and the evil spirits went out.

13  But some of the Jews who went from place to place driving out evil spirits, took it on themselves to make use of the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, I give you orders, by Jesus, whom Paul is preaching. 14  And there were seven sons of a man named Sceva, a Jew and a chief priest, who did this. 15  And the evil spirit, answering, said to them, I have knowledge of Jesus, and of Paul, but who are you? 16  And the man in whom the evil spirit was, jumping on them, was stronger than the two of them, and overcame them, so that they went running from that house, wounded and without their clothing. 17  And this came to the ears of all those, Jews and Greeks, who were living at Ephesus; and fear came on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was made great. 18  And a number of those who had faith came and made a public statement of their sins and all their acts. 19  And a great number of those who were experts in strange arts took their books and put them on the fire in front of everyone: and when the books were valued they came to fifty thousand bits of silver. 20  So the word of the Lord was increased very greatly and was full of power.

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