Acts 19:22-32 (New American Standard)

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22 And having sent into 1Macedonia two of 2those who ministered to him, 3Timothy and 4Erastus, he himself stayed in a5Asia for a while. 23 About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning 6the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of bArtemis, 7was bringing no little cbusiness to the craftsmen; 25 these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that our prosperity ddepends upon this business. 26 "You see and hear that not only in 8Ephesus, but in almost all of e9Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that f10gods 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 gArtemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of h11Asia and 12the iworld 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 jArtemis of the 13Ephesians!" 29 The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed kwith one accord into the theater, dragging along 14Gaius and 15Aristarchus, Paul's traveling 16companions from 17Macedonia. 30 And when Paul wanted to go into the lassembly, 18the disciples would not let him. 31 Also some of the mAsiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to nventure into the theater. 32 19So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the oassembly was in confusion and the majority did not know pfor what reason they had come together.
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