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9 the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when

some were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that religion before the multitude, he departed from them,

and separated the disciples; discoursing daily in the school 10 of one Tyrannus. And this was done for two years ; so

that all those who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the

Lord (Jesus), both Jews and gentiles. n And God wrought no common miracles by the hands 12 of Paul : so that from his body even handkerchiefs or

aprons* were brought to the sick ; and the diseases de

parted from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the Jews, who went about as exorcists,

took upon them to call over those that had evil spirits

the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “ I adjure you t by 14 Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.” And there were seven sons

of one Sceva a Jew, and a chief of the priests, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “ Jesus I know, 16 and who Paul is I understand: but who are ye ?” And

the man, in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them, and

overcame them,and prevailed against them, so that they fled 17 out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known

to all both Jews and gentiles dwelling at Ephesus : and

fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was 18 magnified. And many who believed came ; confessing 19 and declaring their deeds. Many of those also that had

used magical arts, brought their books together, and burn

ed them before all men ; and the price of them was com20 puted, and found fifty thousand pieces of silver. So

mightily did the word of God grow and prevail. 21 Now after these things were ended, Paul purposed

in his spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia

and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “ After I have 22 been there, I must see Rome also.” So he sent into Ma

The original words are from the Latin sudaria and semicinctia; and, from the nise of these wonls, Mr. Evanson infers that this sentence is spurious. Disson. p. 45. + We adjure you, R. T.

cedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy

and Erastus ; but he himself continued a while in Asia. 23 Now at this time there arose no small disturbance about 24 that religion. For a certain man, named Demetrius, a

silver-smith, who made silver models of Diana's temple, 25 furnished no small gain to the workmen ; whom he called

together, with those of like occupation, and said, “ Sirs,

ye know that by this employment we have our wealth : 26 moreover, ye see and hear that this Paul hath persuaded

and turned aside no small multitude, not only of Ephesus

but almost of all Asia ; saying, that they are not gods 27 who are made with hands : so there is not only danger

that this our occupation should come into contempt, but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and that her magnificence should be soon de

stroyed, whom all Asia, and the world worshippeth." 28 And when they heard this, they were full of wrath, and

cried out, saying, “ Great is Diana of the Ephesians.” 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion; and having

seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's

fellow-travellers, they rushed with one consent into the 30 theatre. And when Paul was desirous of entering in to 31 the people, the disciples suffered him not. And even

some of the chief magistrates of Asia, that were his friends,

sent to him, entreating him that he would not venture 32 himself into the theatre. Some therefore cried one thing,

and some another : for the assembly was confused, and

the greater part knew not why they were come together. 33 Then Alexander was advanced out of the multitude, the

Jews having put him forward. And Alexander waved

his hand, and would have made a defence to the people : 34 but when they knew him to be a Jew, all with one voice,

for about two hours, cried out, “ Great is Diana of the 35 Ephesians." And when the public scribe had appeased

the people, he said, “ Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there who knoweth not that the city of the Ephesians is a

worshipper of the great Diana", and of the image which 36 fell down from Jupiter? Since therefore these things

cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to 37 do nothing rashly : for ye have brought hither these

men, that are neither robbers of temples, nor blasphe38 mers of your goddess. Wherefore if Demetrius, and the

workmen that are with him, have a matter against any

man, court-days are kept, and there are deputies to give 39 judgement : let them summon one another. But if ye

inquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be 40 determined in a lawful assembly. For we are in danger

of being called in question for this day's disturbance :

there being no cause by which we may give an account 41 of this concourse." And when he had thus spoken, he

dismissed the assembly. Ch. xx. And after the disturbance ceased, Paul called to him

the disciples, and took leave of them, and departed to go 2 into Macedonia. And when he had gone over those parts,

and had given them much exhortation, he came into 3 Greece. And after he had continued three months, the

Jews having lain in wait for him as he was about to sail

into Syria, he determined to return through Macedonia. 4 And Sopater, the son of Pyrrhust, a Berean, accom

panied him as far as to Asia ; but Aristarchus and Secun

dus, of the Thessalonians, and Gaius, of Derbè, and 5 Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia, these 6 went before and waited for us at Troas. And we sailed

away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came to them at Troas in five days ; where we abode

seven days. 7 And on the first day of the week, when we had assembled

to break bread, Paul discoursed to the disciples, being to depart on the morrow; and continued his discourse until 8 midnight. And there were many lamps in the upper room, 9 where we were assembled. Now a certain young man,

* the great goddess Diana, R. T. ** the son of Pyrrhus," these words are wantingin R. T.

named Eutychus, sat in a window, having fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul discoursed a long time, he sank

down with sleep, and fell to the ground from the third 10 story, and was taken up dead. Then Paul went down,

and fell on him, and embraced him, and said, “ Trouble Il not yourselves; for his life is in him." And when Paul

was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten,

and conversed a long time, even till break of day, he then 12 departed. Now they brought the young man alive; and

were not a little comforted. 13 And we went before to the ship, and sailed to Assos,

there intending to take in Paul : for so he had appointed, 14 intending himself to go by land. And when he came

up with us, at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mi15 tylenè. And we sailed thence, and arrived the next day

over against Chios; and the following day we touched at

Samos; and, having remained at Trogyllium, on the day 16 after we came to Miletus. For Paul had determined to

sail by Ephesus, that he might not pass much time in Asia ; for he hastened, if it were possible for him, to be

at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. 17 And from Miletus Paul sent to Ephesus, and called to 18 him the elders of the church. And, when they came to

him, he said unto them, “Ye know, from the first day

since I came into Asia, in what manner I have conducted 19 myself with you the whole time; serving the Lord with

all humility of mind, and with tears*, and trials which 20 befel me by the lyings in wait of the Jews : and that I

have not kept back any thing which was profitable to you ;

but have shewn it to you, and have taught you, publickly 21 and from house to house ; announcing both to Jews and

to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

with many tears, R. T.

22 “And now, behold, I go to Jerusalem, to be bound,

according to the spirit* ; not knowing the things which 23 will befal me there, except that the holy spirit witnesseth

to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions 24 await me. But I make no account of any thing, nor do

I regard my life as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course (with joy], and the ministry which I have re

ceived from the Lord Jesus, to declare the gracious gos25 pel of God. And now, behold, I know that ye al},

among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom [of 26 God), will see my face no more. Wherefore I declare

to you this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men ; 27 for I have kept nothing back, but have shewn † you all the counsel of God.

“ Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock ; among whom the holy spirit hath made you over

seers, to feed the church of the Lord t, which he hath 29 purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that

after my departure ft grievous wolves will enter in among 30 you, not sparing the flock. From among your own

selves also men will arise, speaking perverse things, to 31 draw away disciples after them. Watch therefore, and

remember that for three years, night and day, I ceased not to admonish every one with tears.

“ And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace ll, which is able to edify you, and

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• I feel myself forced in my mind to go unto Jerusulem. Wakefield. Vinctus spiritu, i, e coactus, impulsus. Kypke. † Or, I used no subterfuge, so as not to declare unto you.

The received text reads " God," upon the authority of no manuscript of note or value, nor of any version but the modern copies of the Vulgate. The Ethiopic uses an ambiguous expression ; but this version is avowedly corrupted from the Vulgate ; and particularly in this book. See Marsh's Michaelis, vol. ii. p. 96. The word “Lord” is supported by all the most ancient and valuable manuscripts, whether of the Alex. andrian or the Western edition ; by the Coptic, Syriac, and other ancient versions, and by citations from the early ecclesiastical writers. See Griesbach's excellent note upon this text in his second edition. # departing, N.

his gracious worl, x.

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