At last, the city clerk was able to quiet the crowd. "Men of Ephesus!" he said, "Is there anyone who doesn't know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis, and of the sacred stone which fell from the sky?
Since this is beyond dispute, you had better calm down and not do anything rash.
For you have brought these men here who have neither robbed the temple nor insulted your goddess.
So if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open and the judges are there - let them bring charges and counter-charges.
But if there is something more you want, it will have to be settled in a lawful assembly.
For we are in danger of being accused of rioting on account of what has happened today. There is no justification for it; and if we are asked, we will be unable to give any reasonable explanation for this disorderly gathering."
And with these words, he dismissed the assembly.