“But the evil spirit
Said to them.
Paul I know!
Who are you?’”
ἀποκριθὲν δὲ τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ πονηρὸν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Τὸν Ἰησοῦν γινώσκω καὶ τὸν Παῦλον ἐπίσταμαι· ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνες ἐστέ;
The author of Acts indicated that the evil spirit (δὲ τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ πονηρὸν) replied (ἀποκριθὲν) to these exorcists. He said (εἶπεν) to them (αὐτοῖς) that he knew Jesus (Τὸν Ἰησοῦν γινώσκω) and he was acquainted with Paul (καὶ τὸν Παῦλον ἐπίσταμαι). But he wanted to know who they were (ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνες ἐστέ). This evil spirit that was in the poor man that these seven itinerant Jewish sons of Sceva were trying to exorcise spoke to them. This evil spirit said he recognized who Jesus and Paul were. He ironically wanted to know who they were, with the sarcastic question “You! Who are you?” They had no power to use the name of Jesus. They were powerless. How much power do you have?