Paul orders the evil spirit out of her (Acts 16:18)

“This girl fortune teller

Kept doing this

For many days.

But Paul was

Very much annoyed.

He turned.

He said to the spirit.

‘I order you

In the name of Jesus Christ

To come out of her.’

The spirit

Came out

That very hour.”

τοῦτο δὲ ἐποίει ἐπὶ πολλὰς ἡμέρας. διαπονηθεὶς δὲ Παῦλος καὶ ἐπιστρέψας τῷ πνεύματι εἶπεν Παραγγέλλω σοι ἐν ὀνόματι Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐξελθεῖν ἀπ’ αὐτῆς· καὶ ἐξῆλθεν αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ.

The author of Acts indicated that this girl fortune teller kept doing this continually (τοῦτο δὲ ἐποίει) for many days (ἐπὶ πολλὰς ἡμέρας).  But Paul (δὲ Παῦλος) was very much annoyed (διαπονηθεὶς).  He turned (καὶ ἐπιστρέψας) and said (εἶπεν) to the spirit (τῷ πνεύματι).  “I order you (Παραγγέλλω σοι), in the name of Jesus Christ (ἐν ὀνόματι Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ), to come out of her (ἐξελθεῖν ἀπ’ αὐτῆς).”  The evil spirit came out (καὶ ἐξῆλθεν) that very hour (αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word διαπονηθεὶς, that means to toil through, to be worn out, annoyed, or greatly troubled.  After a couple of days of this fortune telling girl shouting out after Paul and his group, he got angry and annoyed.  He wanted to shut her up, even though she was telling the truth.  Thus, he ordered the evil spirit to come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ.  Just as the apostles had cured in the name of Jesus Christ, they were going to cast out evil spirits with the same name.  Of course, it happened.  The evil spirit left this young girl.  Problem solved.  Have you ever seen or heard about an exorcism?

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