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large city in Asia Minor, where there was a very magnificent temple of the goddess Diana. Here God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul ; so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds. Many persons also who had used arts of sorcery and magic brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
But there arose a great stir at Ephesus. A certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen ; whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, “Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands : so that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth."
And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, “Great is Di. ana of the Ephesians.” And the whole city was filled with confusion : and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. And when Paul would have entered
in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre. Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together. And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians."
And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, “Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly. For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess. Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another. But if ye inquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly. For we are in danger to be called question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this con
And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
PAUL'S PARTING WITH THE ELDERS AT EPHESUS.
58. PAUL'S PARTING WITH THE ELDERS AT
Paul determined to make another visit to Jerusalem ;
and on his way thither, as he had not time to go through Ephesus, he sent for the elders of the church in that city to come and meet him at Miletus. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, “ Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there : save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock,
PAUL'S PARTING WITH THE ELDERS AT EPHESUS.
over the which the Holy Ghost hath made
you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of
I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend
to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among
all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed
all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."
And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
You will perhaps have noticed, my young readers, that this saying of our Lord Jesus, which Paul quoted upon this occasion, is not to be found recorded in either of the four gospels : but it is supposed that Paul had learned it from those who had heard it from our Lord. Does it not make this admirable saying particularly precious to us, that when it had been omitted by the evangelists,
and seemed in danger of being lost, it has been in this manner preserved to us? How different is it from the sentiment of the children of this world ! They are afraid of giving, unless they have the hope of getting. But Christ tells us " it is more blessed," more excellent in itself, an evidence of a nobler disposition, more like God,“ to give than to receive.”
59. PAUL'S SEIZURE AND IMPRISONMENT AT
JERUSALEM. Ar Jerusalem, Paul was seized by the Jews as he was worshipping in the temple. And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar; who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done. And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.
And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people. For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, “ Away with him."
And as Paul was being led into the castle, he requested permission of the chief captain to speak unto the peeple. And when the chief captain