Ma’asei HaShlikhim 19 – מעשי השליחים יט


1And it came to pass that while Apollos was at Korintos, Pavlos traveled through the northern countries and came to Efesos, and inquired of the talmidim whom he found there, 2“Have you received The Ru’akh HaKodesh since you began to trust?” They answered, saying to him, “We have not even heard that there is a Ru’akh HaKodesh.”  3Then he said to them, “Into what then were you immersed?” They said, “Into the immersion of Yokhanan.”  4Then said Pavlos, “Yokhanan truly immersed the people with the immersion of repentance, saying to them that they should trust on Him who should come after him, that is, Yeshua HaMashi’akh.”  5When they heard these things, they were immersed in the name of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh.  6And when Pavlos laid his hands on them, The Ru’akh HaKodesh came on them; and they spoke in different languages, and prophesied.  7And there were in all twelve persons.  

8Then Pavlos entered into the Beit K’nesset and spoke openly for a period of three months, persuading the people concerning Malkhut HaElohim.  9But some of them were stubborn, and they disputed and cursed the way of Elohim in the presence of the assembly. Then Pavlos withdrew and separated the talmidim from them, and he spoke to them daily in the school of a man named Tyrannus.  10And this continued for two years until all who dwelt in Asia Minor, both Yehudim and Arame’ans, heard the D’var  יהוה .  And11 Elohim wrought great miracles by the hands of Pavlos, 12so that even when from the clothes on his body or pieces of his garments, were brought and laid upon the sick, diseases were cured, and even the demon possessed were restored.

13Now certain Yehudim who went about exorcising evil spirits invoked the name of Adoneinu Yeshua over those who were possessed, saying, “We adjure you in the name of Yeshua whom Pavlos declares.”  14And there were seven sons of one Skeva, a Y’hudi, and chief of the Kohanim, who did this.  15And the possessed man answered, saying to them, “Yeshua I recognize, and Pavlos I know; but who are you?”  16Then the possessed man leaped on them and overpowered them and prevailed against them, so they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  17And this became known to all the Yehudim and Arame’ans who dwelt at Efesos; and fear fell on them all, and the Name of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh was magnified.   18And many of them that believed came and  told their faults and confessed what they had done.  19Many magicians also gathered together their books and brought them and burned them before the presence of the people; and they counted the price of them, and it amounted to fifty thousand pieces of silver.  20And so, with great might was HaEmunah of Elohim strengthened and increased.

21When these things had been accomplished, Pavlos made up his mind to travel through all of Macedonia and Achaia, and then to go to Yerushalayim, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”  22So he sent to Macedonia two men of those who had ministered to him, Timoteus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia Minor for a while.  23And at that time there was a great uprising against those who followed in Derekh Elohim.  24There was here a silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines for Diana, thus greatly enriching the craftsmen of his trade.  25He called together all the craftsmen of his trade, with the workmen of like occupation, and said to them, “Men, you know that all of our earnings are derived from this craft.  26You also hear and see that not only the Efisim, but almost throughout all Asia Minor, this Pavlos has persuaded and turned away many people simply by saying that gods made by the hands of men are not gods, 27so that not only is this craft doomed, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana will be disregarded, and the goddess of all Asia Minor, even she whom all peoples worship, will be despised.”  28And when they heard these things they were filled with wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Efisim!”  29And the whole city was in tumult; and they rushed together to the theatre, and there seized and carried along with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, members of Pavlos’ escort.  30And Pavlos wanted to go into the theatre, but the talmidim stopped him.  31And likewise some of the chiefs of Asia Minor, because they were his friends, sent to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the theatre.  32Now the multitude in the theatre was greatly confused; some cried one thing, and some another; and many of them did not know why they had assembled together.  33And the Yehudim who were there appointed a Yehudi named Alexander.  And when he rose up, he gestured with his hand and would have addressed the people.  34But when they knew he was a Yehudi, all of them cried out with one voice for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Efisim!”  35The mayor of the city finally quieted them, saying, “Men of Efesos, who among men does not know that the city of the Efisos is the seat of great Diana and her image that descended from heaven?  36Since, therefore, no man can contradict this, you should keep quiet and do nothing hastily.  37For you have brought these men here who have neither robbed temples nor have they reviled our goddess.  38But if Demetrius and the men of his trade have a case against any man, behold, there is a proconsul in the city; let the craftsmen come forward and settle with one another in the court.  39But if you want something else, it must be determined in a lawful assembly.  40For even now we are in danger of being charged with sedition, for we cannot give an answer concerning this day’s meeting, because we have assembled for no reason, and have been tumultuous without a cause.”  41And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

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