Acts 19:23-34 (New International Version)

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The Riot in Ephesus

23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.1 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.2 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus3 and in practically the whole province of Asia.4 He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.5 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." 28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"6 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius7 and Aristarchus,8 Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia,9 and rushed as one man into the theater. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples10 would not let him. 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater. 32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another.11 Most of the people did not even know why they were there. 33 The Jews pushed Alexander to the front, and some of the crowd shouted instructions to him. He motioned12 for silence in order to make a defense before the people. 34 But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"13
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