Acts 19:23-31 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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23 But before he got away, a huge ruckus occurred over what was now being referred to as "the Way." 23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.
24 A certain silversmith, Demetrius, conducted a brisk trade in the manufacture of shrines to the goddess Artemis, employing a number of artisans in his business. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen.
25 He rounded up his workers and others similarly employed and said, "Men, you well know that we have a good thing going here - 25 He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: "Men, you know we receive a good income from this business.
26 and you've seen how Paul has barged in and discredited what we're doing by telling people that there's no such thing as a god made with hands. A lot of people are going along with him, not only here in Ephesus but all through Asia province. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.
27 "Not only is our little business in danger of falling apart, but the temple of our famous goddess Artemis will certainly end up a pile of rubble as her glorious reputation fades to nothing. And this is no mere local matter - the whole world worships our Artemis!" 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty."
28 That set them off in a frenzy. They ran into the street yelling, "Great Artemis of the Ephesians! 28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
29 Great Artemis of the Ephesians!" They put the whole city in an uproar, stampeding into the stadium, and grabbing two of Paul's associates on the way, the Macedonians Gaius and Aristarchus. 29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater.
30 Paul wanted to go in, too, but the disciples wouldn't let him. 30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.
31 Prominent religious leaders in the city who had become friendly to Paul concurred: "By no means go near that mob!" 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.