23About that time there occurrednosmalldisturbanceconcerning1the Way.
For a mannamedDemetrius, a silversmith, who madesilvershrines of aArtemis, 2was bringingnolittlebbusiness to the craftsmen;
25these he gatheredtogether with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperitycdepends upon thisbusiness.
"You see and hear that not only in 3Ephesus, but in almostall of d4Asia, thisPaul has persuaded and turnedaway a considerablenumber of people, saying that e5gods made with hands are nogods at all.
"Not only is there danger that thistrade of oursfall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the greatgoddessfArtemis be regarded as worthless and that she whomall of g6Asia and 7the hworldworship will even be dethroned from her magnificence."
When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is iArtemis of the 8Ephesians!"
The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushedjwith oneaccord into the theater, draggingalong9Gaius and 10Aristarchus, Paul'straveling11companions from 12Macedonia.
And when Paulwanted to go into the kassembly, 13the disciples would not let him.
31Alsosome of the lAsiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to mventure into the theater.