Acts 19:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus,1 they were all seized with fear,2 and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.a 20 In this way the word of the Lord3 spread widely and grew in power.4 21 After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem,5 passing through Macedonia6 and Achaia.7 "After I have been there," he said, "I must visit Rome also."8 22 He sent two of his helpers,9 Timothy10 and Erastus,11 to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia12 a little longer.

The Riot in Ephesus

23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.13 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. 25 He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: "Men, you know we receive a good income from this business.14 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus15 and in practically the whole province of Asia.16 He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.17 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty."
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