About that time no little disturbance broke out concerning the Way.
A man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the artisans.
These he gathered together, with the workers of the same trade, and said, "Men, you know that we get our wealth from this business.
You also see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost the whole of Asia this Paul has persuaded and drawn away a considerable number of people by saying that gods made with hands are not gods.
And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be scorned, and she will be deprived of her majesty that brought all Asia and the world to worship her."
When they heard this, they were enraged and shouted, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
The city was filled with the confusion; and people a rushed together to the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul's travel companions.
Paul wished to go into the crowd, but the disciples would not let him;
even some officials of the province of Asia, b who were friendly to him, sent him a message urging him not to venture into the theater.
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