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Acts 19:23-41 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 About that time there occurred no small disturbance concerning the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of [a]Artemis, was bringing no little [b]business to the craftsmen; 25 these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity [c]depends upon this business. 26 You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of [d]Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that [e]gods 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 [f]Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of [g]Asia and the [h]world 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 [i]Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed [j]with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia. 30 And when Paul wanted to go into the [k]assembly, the disciples would not let him. 31 Also some of the [l]Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to [m]venture into the theater. 32 So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the [n]assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know [o]for what reason they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd [p]concluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the [q]assembly. 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, “Great is [r]Artemis of the Ephesians!” 35 After quieting the crowd, the town clerk *said, “Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great [s]Artemis and of the image which fell down from [t]heaven? 36 So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash. 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and [u]proconsuls are available; let them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the [v]lawful [w]assembly. 40 For indeed we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with today’s events, since there is no real cause for it, and in this connection we will be unable to account for this disorderly gathering.” 41 After saying this he dismissed the [x]assembly.


  1. Acts 19:24 Lat Diana
  2. Acts 19:24 Or profit
  3. Acts 19:25 Lit is from
  4. Acts 19:26 V 22, note 1
  5. Acts 19:26 Lit those
  6. Acts 19:27 Lat Diana
  7. Acts 19:27 V 22, note 1
  8. Acts 19:27 Lit the inhabited earth
  9. Acts 19:28 Lat Diana
  10. Acts 19:29 Or together
  11. Acts 19:30 Lit people
  12. Acts 19:31 I.e. political or religious officials of the province of Asia
  13. Acts 19:31 Lit give himself
  14. Acts 19:32 Gr ekklesia
  15. Acts 19:32 Or on whose account
  16. Acts 19:33 Or advised Alexander
  17. Acts 19:33 Lit people
  18. Acts 19:34 Lat Diana
  19. Acts 19:35 Lat Diana
  20. Acts 19:35 Lit Zeus; Lat Jupiter
  21. Acts 19:38 Or provincial governors
  22. Acts 19:39 Or regular
  23. Acts 19:39 Gr ekklesia
  24. Acts 19:41 Gr ekklesia
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Acts 19:23-41 King James Version (KJV)

23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;

25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.

26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:

27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.

32 Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused: and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.

34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?

36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.

37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.

38 Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.

39 But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.

40 For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.

41 And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

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