Bible: Acts 19:23-41

19:23 At 1  that time 2  a great disturbance 3  took place concerning the Way. 4  19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 5  of Artemis, 6  brought a great deal 7  of business 8  to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 9  these 10  together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 11  and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 12  comes from this business. 19:26 And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 13  and turned away 14  a large crowd, 15  not only in Ephesus 16  but in practically all of the province of Asia, 17  by saying 18  that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 19  19:27 There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, 20  but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis 21  will be regarded as nothing, 22  and she whom all the province of Asia 23  and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.” 24 

19:28 When 25  they heard 26  this they became enraged 27  and began to shout, 28 Great is Artemis 29  of the Ephesians! 19:29 The 30  city was filled with the uproar, 31  and the crowd 32  rushed to the theater 33  together, 34  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, 35  the disciples would not let him. 19:31 Even some of the provincial authorities 36  who were his friends sent 37  a message 38  to him, urging him not to venture 39  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. 40  19:33 Some of the crowd concluded 41  it was about 42  Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. 43  Alexander, gesturing 44  with his hand, was wanting to make a defense 45  before the public assembly. 46  19:34 But when they recognized 47  that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 48 Great is Artemis 49  of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 50  19:35 After the city secretary 51  quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, what person 52  is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper 53  of the temple of the great Artemis 54  and of her image that fell from heaven? 55  19:36 So because these facts 56  are indisputable, 57  you must keep quiet 58  and not do anything reckless. 59  19:37 For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers 60  nor blasphemers of our goddess. 61  19:38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint 62  against someone, the courts are open 63  and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. 64  19:39 But if you want anything in addition, 65  it will have to be settled 66  in a legal assembly. 67  19:40 For 68  we are in danger of being charged with rioting 69  today, since there is no cause we can give to explain 70  this disorderly gathering.” 71  19:41 After 72  he had said 73  this, 74  he dismissed the assembly. 75 

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