The Sons of Sceva
Now n God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,
o so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
p Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists q took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul r preaches."
Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.
And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?"
Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and s fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
And many who had believed came t confessing and telling their deeds.
Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.
u So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.
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And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
2 Kings 4:29
Then he said to Gehazi, "Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.
So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.
And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.
Now John answered and said, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.
1 Corinthians 1:23
But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea.
Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us"; and, "God has visited His people.
Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
But the word of God grew and multiplied.