Acts 19:21-41 Darby’s Translation

21  And when these things were fulfilled, Paul purposed in his spirit to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, After I have been there I must see Rome also. 22  And having sent into Macedonia two of those ministering to him, Timotheus and Erastus, he remained himself awhile in Asia.

The Riot at Ephesus

23  And there took place at that time no small disturbance about the way. 24  For a certain [man] by name Demetrius, a silver-beater, making silver temples of Artemis, brought no small gain to the artisans; 25  whom having brought together, and those who wrought in such things, he said, Men, ye know that our well-living arises from this work, 26  and ye see and hear that this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great crowd, not only of Ephesus, but almost of all Asia, saying that they are no gods which are made with hands. 27  Now not only there is danger for us that our business come into discredit, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be counted for nothing, and that her greatness should be destroyed whom the whole of Asia and the world reveres. 28  And having heard [this], and being filled with rage, they cried out, saying, Great [is] Artemis of the Ephesians. 29  And the [whole] city was filled with confusion, and they rushed with one accord to the theatre, having seized and carried off with [them] Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, fellow-travellers of Paul. 30  But Paul intending to go in to the people, the disciples suffered him not; 31  and some of the Asiarchs also, who were his friends, sent to him and urged him not to throw himself into the theatre. 32  Different persons therefore cried out some different thing; for the assembly was tumultuous, and the most did not know for what cause they had come together. 33  But from among the crowd they put forward Alexander, the Jews pushing him forward. And Alexander, beckoning with his hand, would have made a defence to the people. 34  But, recognising that he was a Jew, there was one cry from all, shouting for about two hours, Great [is] Artemis of the Ephesians. 35  And the townclerk, having quieted the crowd, said, Ephesians, what man is there then who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple-keeper of Artemis the great, and of the [image] which fell down from heaven? 36  These things therefore being undeniable, it is necessary that ye should be calm and do nothing headlong. 37  For ye have brought these men, [who are] neither temple-plunderers, nor speak injuriously of your goddess. 38  If therefore Demetrius and the artisans who [are] with him have a matter against any one, the courts are being held, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another. 39  But if ye inquire anything concerning other matters, it will be settled in the regular assembly. 40  For also we are in danger to be put in accusation for sedition for this [affair] of to-day, no cause existing in reference to which we shall be able to give a reason for this concourse. 41  And having said these things, he dismissed the assembly.


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