Praise Jesus! (Acts 19:17)

“This became known

To all the residents

Of Ephesus,

Both Jews

And Greeks.

Fear fell

Upon all of them.

The name of the Lord Jesus

Was praised.”

τοῦτο δὲ ἐγένετο γνωστὸν πᾶσιν Ἰουδαίοις τε καὶ Ἕλλησιν τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν τὴν Ἔφεσον, καὶ ἐπέπεσεν φόβος ἐπὶ πάντας αὐτούς, καὶ ἐμεγαλύνετο τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Κυρίου Ἰησοῦ·

The author of Acts indicated that this became known (τοῦτο δὲ ἐγένετο γνωστὸν) to all (πᾶσιν) the residents of Ephesus (τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν τὴν Ἔφεσον), both Jews (Ἰουδαίοις τε) and Greeks (καὶ Ἕλλησιν).  Fear (φόβος) fell (καὶ ἐπέπεσεν) on all of them (ἐπὶ πάντας αὐτούς).  They praised or magnified (καὶ ἐμεγαλύνετο) the name (τὸ ὄνομα) of the Lord Jesus (τοῦ Κυρίου Ἰησοῦ).  When all the Jews and Greeks in Ephesus heard about the incident of the seven Sceva brother’s failure to exorcise a man, they were afraid.  Thus, they further praised and magnified the name of the Lord Jesus.  The failure of these Jewish exorcists only made the work of Paul in the name of Jesus seem more powerful.  How do you use the name of Jesus in your life?

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