And during that time, there was some serious trouble in Ephesus about the Way of Jesus.
A man named Demetrius, who worked with silver, made little silver models that looked like the temple of the goddess Artemis. Those who did this work made much money.
Demetrius had a meeting with them and some others who did the same kind of work. He told them, "Men, you know that we make a lot of money from our business.
But look at what this man Paul is doing. He has convinced and turned away many people in Ephesus and in almost all of Asia! He says the gods made by human hands are not real.
There is a danger that our business will lose its good name, but there is also another danger: People will begin to think that the temple of the great goddess Artemis is not important. Her greatness will be destroyed, and Artemis is the goddess that everyone in Asia and the whole world worships."
When the others heard this, they became very angry and shouted, "Artemis, the goddess of Ephesus, is great!"
The whole city became confused. The people grabbed Gaius and Aristarchus, who were from Macedonia and were traveling with Paul, and ran to the theater.
Paul wanted to go in and talk to the crowd, but the followers did not let him.
Also, some leaders of Asia who were friends of Paul sent him a message, begging him not to go into the theater.