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Acts 19:21-40 (Lexham English Bible)

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A Major Riot in Ephesus

21 Now when these [things] were completed, Paul resolved in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, "After I have been there, it is necessary [for] me to see Rome also." 22 So [after]a sending two of those who were assisting him, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, he himself stayed [some] time in Asia.b 23 Now there happened at that time no little disturbance concerning the Way. 24 For someone {named}c Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver replicas of the temple of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen. 25 {These}d he gathered together, and the workers occupied with such things, [and]e said, "Men, you know that from this business {we get our prosperity},f 26 and you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asiag this man Paul has persuaded [and]h turned away a large crowd [by]i saying that the [gods] made by hands are not gods. 27 So not only is there a danger this line of business of ours [will] come into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Artemis [will] be regarded as nothing--and [she] is about to be brought down even from her grandeur, [she] whom the whole [of] Asiaj and the [entire] world worship!" 28 And [when they]k heard [this]l and became full of rage, they began to shout,m saying, "Great [is] Artemis of the Ephesians!" 29 And the city was filled with the tumult, and with one purpose they rushed into the theater, seizing Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians [who were] traveling companions of Paul. 30 But [when]n Paul wanted to enter into the popular assembly, the disciples would not let him. 31 And even some of the Asiarchso who were his friends sent [word]p to him [and]q were urging [him]r not to risk himself [by going] into the theater. 32 So some were shouting [one thing]s [and] some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and the majority did not know {why}t they had assembled. 33 And [some] of the crowd advisedu Alexander, [when]v the Jews put him forward. But Alexander, motioning [with his]w hand, was wanting to defend himself to the popular assembly. 34 But [when they]x recognized that he was a Jew, they were shouting with one voice from all [of them] for about two hours, "Great [is] Artemis of the Ephesians!" 35 And [when]y the city secretary had quieted the crowd, he said, "Ephesian men, for who is there among men who does not know the Ephesian city is honorary temple keeper of the great Artemis and of [her]z image fallen from heaven? 36 Therefore [because]aa these [things] are undeniable, it is necessary [that] you be quiet and do nothing rash! 37 For you have brought these men [here] [who are] neither temple robbers nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen [who are] with him have a complaint against anyone, the court days are observed and there are proconsuls--let them bring charges against one another! 39 But if you desire anything further, it will be settled in the lawful assembly. 40 For indeed we are in danger of being accused of rioting concerning today, [since there]bb is no cause in relation to which we will be able to give an account concerning this disorderly gathering!" And [when he]cc had said these [things], he dismissed the assembly.dd
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