About that time there arose no little stir concerning the Way.
For a man named Deme'trius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Ar'temis, brought no little business to the craftsmen.
These he gathered together, with the workmen of like occupation, and said, "Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth.
And you see and hear that not only at Ephesus but almost throughout all Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable company of people, 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 Ar'temis may count for nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship."
When they heard this they were enraged, and cried out, "Great is Ar'temis of the Ephesians!"
So the city was filled with the confusion; and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Ga'ius and Aristar'chus, Macedo'nians who were Paul's companions in travel.
Paul wished to go in among the crowd, but the disciples would not let him;
some of the A'si-archs also, who were friends of his, sent to him and begged him not to venture into the theater.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)