Also many of those who became believers confessed and disclosed their practices.
A number of those who practiced magic collected their books and burned them publicly; when the value of these books a was calculated, it was found to come to fifty thousand silver coins.
So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.
Now after these things had been accomplished, Paul resolved in the Spirit to go through Macedonia and Achaia, and then to go on to Jerusalem. He said, "After I have gone there, I must also see Rome."
So he sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he himself stayed for some time longer in Asia.
About that time no little disturbance broke out concerning the Way.
A man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the artisans.
These he gathered together, with the workers of the same trade, and said, "Men, you know that we get our wealth from this business.
You also see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost the whole of Asia this Paul has persuaded and drawn away a considerable number of people by saying that gods made with hands are not gods.
And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be scorned, and she will be deprived of her majesty that brought all Asia and the world to worship her."
When they heard this, they were enraged and shouted, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
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