Acts 19:18
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New International Version
Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done.

New Living Translation
Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices.

English Standard Version
Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.

Berean Study Bible
Many who had believed now came forward, confessing and disclosing their deeds.

Berean Literal Bible
And many of those having believed were coming, confessing and declaring their deeds,

New American Standard Bible
Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices.

King James Bible
And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And many who had become believers came confessing and disclosing their practices,

International Standard Version
Many who became believers kept coming to confess and talk about what they had been doing.

NET Bible
Many of those who had believed came forward, confessing and making their deeds known.

New Heart English Bible
Many also of those who had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Many of those who believed were coming and relating their wrongdoing, and they were confessing the things that they were doing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many believers openly admitted their involvement with magical spells and told all the details.

New American Standard 1977
Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And many that believed came, confessing and declaring their deeds.

King James 2000 Bible
And many that believed came, and confessed, and told of their deeds.

American King James Version
And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

American Standard Version
Many also of them that had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And many of them that believed, came confessing and declaring their deeds.

Darby Bible Translation
And many of those that believed came confessing and declaring their deeds.

English Revised Version
Many also of them that had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds.

Webster's Bible Translation
And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

Weymouth New Testament
Many also of those who believed came confessing without reserve what their conduct had been,

World English Bible
Many also of those who had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds.

Young's Literal Translation
many also of those who did believe were coming, confessing and declaring their acts,
Study Bible
The Sons of Sceva
17This became known to all the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, and fear came over all of them. So the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18Many who had believed now came forward, confessing and disclosing their deeds. 19And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books and burned them in front of everyone. When the value of the books was calculated, it came to fifty thousand drachmas.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Acts 19:17
This became known to all the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, and fear came over all of them. So the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.

Acts 19:19
And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books and burned them in front of everyone. When the value of the books was calculated, it came to fifty thousand drachmas.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail.
Treasury of Scripture

And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

confessed.

Leviticus 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, …

Leviticus 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, …

Job 33:27,28 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that …

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin to you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, …

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses …

Jeremiah 3:13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against …

Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth …

Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that …

Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth …

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our …

(18) And many that believed.--More accurately, many of those that had believed. The word is probably used, as in Acts 19:2, for the whole process of conversion, including baptism, confession in this instance following on that rite, instead of preceding it. The words do not definitely state whether the confession was made privately to St. Paul and the other teachers, or publicly in the presence of the congregation; but the latter is, as in the confession made to the Baptist, much the more probable. (See Note on Matthew 3:6.) The feeling of a vague awe at this contact with the Unseen in some, the special belief in Christ as the Judge of all men in others, roused conscience into intense activity; the sins of their past lives came back upon their memories, and it was a relief to throw off the burden by confessing them.

Verse 18. - Many also of them that had believed for and many that believed, A.V.; confessing and declaring for and confessed and showed, A.V. Many also of them that had believed. This and the following verse speak of that class of converts who had previously been addicted to magic arts. It gives us a curious view of the extent to which magic prevailed among the Jews at this time. Nor was it less prevalent in heathen Ephesus. The magic formulae of Ephesus were famous under the name of Ἐφέσια γράμματα (see Renan, pp. 344,345, note), and the belief in magic seems to have been universal. Hesychius gives as the names of the oldest Ephesian charms, Aski, Kataski, Lix, Petrax, Damnameneus, AEsion, which he explains as meaning severally "Darkness, Light," "the Earth," "the Year," "the Truth" (Lewin, p. 334). And many that believed,.... In Jesus Christ, whose name was spoken of with great respect, and which spread fear in every person:

came; to the apostle:

and confessed; their sins; and acknowledged what a wicked life they had led:

and showed their deeds; their former evil deeds, which they had been guilty of; one copy reads, "their sins"; see Matthew 3:6. 18-20. many that believed came and confessed … their deeds—the dupes of magicians, etc., acknowledging how shamefully they had been deluded, and how deeply they had allowed themselves to be implicated in such practices.19:13-20 It was common, especially among the Jews, for persons to profess or to try to cast out evil spirits. If we resist the devil by faith in Christ, he will flee from us; but if we think to resist him by the using of Christ's name, or his works, as a spell or charm, Satan will prevail against us. Where there is true sorrow for sin, there will be free confession of sin to God in every prayer and to man whom we have offended, when the case requires it. Surely if the word of God prevailed among us, many lewd, infidel, and wicked books would be burned by their possessors. Will not these Ephesian converts rise up in judgement against professors, who traffic in such works for the sake of gain, or allow themselves to possess them? If we desire to be in earnest in the great work of salvation, every pursuit and enjoyment must be given up which hinders the effect of the gospel upon the mind, or loosens its hold upon the heart.
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