Acts 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 fifty thousand pieces of silver.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Many also of them which vsed curious arts, brought their bookes together and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of siluer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and {began} burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And not a few of them that practised magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And a great number of those who were experts in strange arts took their books and put them on the fire in front of everyone: and when the books were valued they came to fifty thousand bits of silver.
- Basic English Bible

And many of those that practised curious arts brought their books [of charms] and burnt them before all. And they reckoned up the prices of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
- Darby Bible

Many also of them who used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
- Webster's Bible

and not a few of those who had practised magical arts brought their books together and burnt them in the presence of all. The total value was reckoned and found to be 50,000 silver coins.
- Weymouth Bible

Many of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. They counted the price of them, and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.
- World English Bible

And manye of them that sueden curiouse thingis, brouyten togidere bookis, and brenneden hem bifor alle men; and whanne the prices of tho weren acountid, thei founden monei of fifti thousynd pens;
- Wycliffe Bible

and many of those who had practised the curious arts, having brought the books together, were burning [them] before all; and they reckoned together the prices of them, and found [it] five myriads of silverlings;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 19:19


19:19 Curious arts - Magical arts, to which that soft appellation was given by those who practised them. Ephesus was peculiarly famous for these. And as these practices were of so much reputation there, it is no wonder the books which taught them should bear a great price. Bringing their books together - As it were by common consent, burnt them - Which was far better than selling them, even though the money had been given to the poor. Fifty thousand pieces of silver - If these pieces of silver be taken for Jewish shekels, the sum will amount to six thousand two hundred and fifty pounds.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 19:19


Ac 19:19 Brought their books together, and burned them. There was real repentance, and they brought forth its fruits. These "books", alluded to by ancient writers, were manuscript volumes of charms, incantations, recipes for love philters, and other things of similar character. They counted the price of them. If the "piece of silver" is the Attic drachma or Roman denarius, as is probable (about sixteen cents), the whole value would be about $8,000. These "books" had considerable money value on account of their rarity.

Discussion for Acts 19

  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The Ephesians were initially blind to the gospel, preferring instead, their goddess Diana. God used the town clerk to appease the crowd in the concourse spoiling for a fight. At the end of the day, hearts were won for Christ in Ephesus. We need to stand firm in our faith and keep spreading God's Word regardless of inclement circumstances. God is there to protect. Holy Spirit is there to guide.
  • Ray321
    Acts 19:6 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Apollo and some of the Disciples could not get the Holy Spirit to come about them, so Paul made it happen with his strong Faith. Paul was getting stronger in the Lord. The Chosen one from Jesus.
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 19:27 SO THAT NOT ONLY THIS OUR CRAFT IS IN DANGER TO BE SET AT NOUGHT BUT ALSO THE TEMPLE OF THE GREAT GODDESS DIANA SHOULD BE DESPISED AND HER MAGNIFICENCE SHOULD BE DESTROYED WHOM ALL ASIA AND THE WORLD WORSHIPPETH
  • Steve morrow
    ACTS 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 FIFTY THOUSAND PIECES OF SILVER **** 19:20 SO MIGHTILY GREW THE WORD OF GOD AND PREVAILED**** EPHESIANS 2:9 NOT BY WORKS LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST
  • Loïs
    It has impressed me. Praise the Lord
  • Alan
    To Mikey Hall.

    The Evil Spirit said Jesus I know, Paul I know but who are you..

    He said this because He knew exactly who has the Power and Authority over him to command him to come out...

    Those who have that Power and Authority are those who Believe and Receive Jesus Christ in Spirit and are Born Again of the Spirit of God John 3

    These exorcists were Spiritually Dead and the Spirit knew.

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