Bible: Acts 19:21-20:1

A Riot in Ephesus

19:21 Now after all these things had taken place, 1  Paul resolved 2  to go to Jerusalem, 3  passing through Macedonia 4  and Achaia. 5  He said, 6 After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 7  19:22 So after sending 8  two of his assistants, 9  Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, 10  he himself stayed on for a while in the province of Asia. 11 

19:23 At 12  that time 13  a great disturbance 14  took place concerning the Way. 15  19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 16  of Artemis, 17  brought a great deal 18  of business 19  to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 20  these 21  together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 22  and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 23  comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 24  and turned away 25  a large crowd, 26  not only in Ephesus 27  but in practically all of the province of Asia, 28  by saying 29  that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 30  19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 31  but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 32  will be regarded as nothing, 33  and she whom all the province of Asia 34  and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 35 

19:28 When 36  they heard 37  this they became enraged 38  and began to shout, 39 Great is Artemis 40  of the Ephesians! 19:29 The 41  city was filled with the uproar, 42  and the crowd 43  rushed to the theater 44  together, 45  dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. 19:30 But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, 46  the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 47  who were his friends sent 48  a message 49  to him, urging him not to venture 50  into the theater. 19:32 So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. 51  19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 52  it was about 53  Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 54  Alexander, gesturing 55  with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 56  before the public assembly. 57  19:34 But when they recognized 58  that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 59 Great is Artemis 60  of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 61  19:35 After the city secretary 62  quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 63  is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 64  of the temple of the great Artemis 65  and of her image that fell from heaven? 66  19:36 So because these facts 67  are indisputable, 68  you must keep quiet 69  and not do anything reckless. 70  19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 71  nor blasphemers of our goddess. 72  19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 73  against someone, the courts are open 74  and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 75  19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 76  it will have to be settled 77  in a legal assembly. 78  19:40 For 79  we are in danger of being charged with rioting 80  today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 81  this disorderly gathering.” 82  19:41 After 83  he had said 84  this, 85  he dismissed the assembly. 86 

Paul Travels Through Macedonia and Greece

20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging 87  them and saying farewell, 88  he left to go to Macedonia. 89 

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