21Nowafterthesethings were finished, Paulpurposed in the aSpirit to 1go to Jerusalem2after he had passedthrough3Macedonia and 4Achaia, saying, "After I have beenthere, 5I mustalsoseeRome."
And having sent into 6Macedoniatwo of 7those who ministered to him, 8Timothy and 9Erastus, he himselfstayed in b10Asia for a while.
23About that time there occurrednosmalldisturbanceconcerning11the Way.
For a mannamedDemetrius, a silversmith, who madesilvershrines of cArtemis, 12was bringingnolittledbusiness to the craftsmen;
25these he gatheredtogether with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperityedepends upon thisbusiness.
"You see and hear that not only in 13Ephesus, but in almostall of f14Asia, thisPaul has persuaded and turnedaway a considerablenumber of people, saying that g15gods made with hands are nogods at all.
"Not only is there danger that thistrade of oursfall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the greatgoddesshArtemis be regarded as worthless and that she whomall of i16Asia and 17the jworldworship will even be dethroned from her magnificence."
When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is kArtemis of the 18Ephesians!"
The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushedlwith oneaccord into the theater, draggingalong19Gaius and 20Aristarchus, Paul'straveling21companions from 22Macedonia.
And when Paulwanted to go into the massembly, 23the disciples would not let him.
31Alsosome of the nAsiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to oventure into the theater.
3224Sothen, some were shoutingone thing and someanother, for the passembly was in confusion and the majority did not knowqfor whatreason they had cometogether.
Some of the crowdrconcluded 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.
But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcryarose from them all as they shouted for abouttwohours, "Great is tArtemis of the Ephesians!"
35Afterquieting the crowd, the townclerksaid, "Men of 26Ephesus, whatman is there afterallwho does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the greatuArtemis and of the image whichfelldown from vheaven?
36"So, since these are undeniablefacts, you ought to keepcalm and to donothingrash.
"For you have broughtthesemen here who are neither27robbers of templesnorblasphemers of our goddess.
38"Sothen, ifDemetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaintagainstanyman, the courts are in session and w28proconsuls are available; let them bringchargesagainstoneanother.
"But if you wantanythingbeyond this, it shall be settled in the xlawfulyassembly.
"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 thisconnection we will be unable to account for thisdisorderlygathering."
After sayingthis he dismissed the zassembly.