Acts 19:21-41 (New American Standard)

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21 Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the aSpirit to 1go to Jerusalem 2after he had passed through 3Macedonia and 4Achaia, saying, "After I have been there, 5I must also see Rome." 22 And having sent into 6Macedonia two of 7those who ministered to him, 8Timothy and 9Erastus, he himself stayed in b10Asia for a while. 23 About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning 11the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of cArtemis, 12was bringing no little dbusiness to the craftsmen; 25 these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperity edepends upon this business. 26 "You see and hear that not only in 13Ephesus, but in almost all of f14Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that g15gods made with hands are no gods at all. 27 "Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess hArtemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of i16Asia and 17the jworld worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence." 28 When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is kArtemis of the 18Ephesians!" 29 The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed lwith one accord into the theater, dragging along 19Gaius and 20Aristarchus, Paul's traveling 21companions from 22Macedonia. 30 And when Paul wanted to go into the massembly, 23the disciples would not let him. 31 Also some of the nAsiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to oventure into the theater. 32 24So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the passembly was in confusion and the majority did not know qfor what reason they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd rconcluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having 25motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the sassembly. 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, "Great is tArtemis of the Ephesians!" 35 After quieting the crowd, the town clerk said, "Men of 26Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great uArtemis and of the image which fell down from vheaven? 36 "So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash. 37 "For you have brought these men here who are neither 27robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 "So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and w28proconsuls are available; let them bring charges against one another. 39 "But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the xlawful yassembly. 40 "For indeed we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with today's events, since there is no real cause for it, and in this connection we will be unable to account for this disorderly gathering." 41 After saying this he dismissed the zassembly.
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