Ac 19:1
19:1 And {1} it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at
     Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came
     to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

 (1) Paul, not being offended at the rudeness of the Ephesians,
     plants a church amongst them.

Ac 19:2
19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the {a} Holy Ghost
     since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so
     much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

     (a) Those excellent gifts of the Holy Spirit, which were in
         the Church in those days.

Ac 19:3
19:3 {2} And he said unto them, Unto {b} what then were ye
     baptized? And they said, Unto {c} John's baptism.

 (2) John only began to instruct the disciples whom Christ would
     make perfect.
     (b) In what doctrine then are you taught and instructed?
     (c) To be baptized into John's baptism is to profess the
         doctrine which John preached and to be identified with
         his baptism.

Ac 19:9
19:9 {3} But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but
     spake evil of that {d} way before the multitude, he
     departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing
     daily in the school of one {e} Tyrannus.

 (3) For a man to separate himself and others from infidels who
     are utterly desperate, is not to divide the Church, but
     rather to unite it, and make it one.
     (d) By this word "way", the Hebrews understand any type of
         life, and here it is taken for Christianity.
     (e) This was a man's proper name.

Ac 19:13
19:13 {4} Then certain of the vagabond Jews, {f} exorcists, took
      upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the
      name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus
      whom Paul preacheth.

 (4) Satan is forced to give witness against himself.
     (f) So were they called who cast out demons by forcing them
         to leave in the name of God: and in the beginning of the
         Church, those who had the gift of working miracles, and
         laid their hands on those that were possessed with
         demons, were called the same.

Ac 19:16
19:16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them,
      and overcame them, and {g} prevailed against them, so that
      they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

      (g) He prevailed against them, though they struggled ever
          so much.

Ac 19:18
19:18 {5} And many that believed came, and {h} confessed, and
      shewed their deeds.

 (5) Conjuring and sorcery is condemned by open testimony, and
     by the authority of the apostle.
     (h) Confessed their errors, and openly detested them, being
         terrified with the fear of the judgment of God: and
         how does this compare to confession to a priest?

Ac 19:19
19:19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their
      books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they
      counted the price of them, and found [it] {i} fifty
      thousand [pieces] of silver.

      (i) Those that give the lowest estimate, reckon it to be
          about eight hundred pounds English.

Ac 19:21
19:21 {6} After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the
      {k} spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and
      Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been
      there, I must also see Rome.

 (6) Paul is never weary.
     (k) By the motion of God's Spirit: therefore we may not say
         that Paul ran rashly unto death, but as the Spirit of
         God led him.

Ac 19:23
19:23 {7} And the same time there arose no small stir about that

 (7) Gain cloaked with a show of religion is the very cause why
     idolatry is strongly and stubbornly defended.

Ac 19:24
19:24 For a certain [man] named Demetrius, a silversmith, which
      made silver {l} shrines for Diana, brought no small gain
      unto the craftsmen;

      (l) These were special counterfeit temples with Diana's
          picture in them, which those who worshipped her

Ac 19:27
19:27 So that not only {m} 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.

      (m) As if he said, "If Paul goes on in this way as he has
          begun, to confuse the opinion which men have of
          Diana's image, all of our gain will come to nothing."

Ac 19:31
19:31 {8} 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.

 (8) There ought to be in all Christians, and especially in the
     ministers, an invincible steadfastness which may not by any
     storms or assaults be overcome, which nonetheless must
     modestly allow itself to be governed by wisdom.

Ac 19:34
19:34 {9} 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.

 (9) Instead of reason, the idolaters are sufficiently contented
     with their own madness and outcries, and those are the
     greatest defence that they have.

Ac 19:35
19:35 {10} 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 {n} fell
      down from Jupiter?

 (10) An example of a political man who redeems peace and
      quietness with lies, which Paul would have never done.
      (n) The Ephesians believed superstitiously that the image
          of Diana came down to them from heaven.

Ac 19:38
19:38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with
      him, have a {o} matter against any man, the {p} law is
      open, and there are {q} deputies: let them implead one

      (o) Have anything to accuse any man of.
      (p) For there are certain days appointed for civil causes
          and matters of judgment, and the deputies sit on
          those days.
      (q) By the deputies are meant also the deputies'
          substitutes, that is, those who sat for them.

Ac 19:39
19:39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it
      shall be determined in a {r} lawful assembly.

      (r) He speaks of a lawful assembly not only to speak
          against the disordered tumult of the people, but also
          against all meeting and coming together which was not
          by order: for there were certain days appointed to
          call people together in.

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