(5) The Disturbance
(a) The Cause
26 And you observe and hear that not only at Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and perverted a considerable number, saying that the gods being made by ahands are no gods at all.
27 And not only is there danger that our trade will come into disrepute, but also that the temple of the agreat goddess Artemis will be counted as nothing and that the magnificence of her whom the whole of Asia and the inhabited earth worships will also be overthrown.
28 And when they heard this, they became full of rage and began to cry out, saying, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!
30 And when Paul intended to enter into the populace, the disciples would not allow him.
31 And some of the 1Asiarchs also, who were his friends, sent to him and entreated him not to venture into the theater himself.
32 So then some were acrying out one thing, and some another; for the assembly was in confusion, and the majority did not know for what cause they had come together.
34 But when they realized that he was a Jew, one voice arose from all for about two hours, crying out, aGreat is Artemis of the Ephesians!
(b) The Quieting
35 And the town clerk, having quieted the crowd, said, 1Men of Ephesus, which of you men is there then who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the temple keeper of the great Artemis and of the image 2fallen from aZeus?
36 Since these things therefore cannot be disputed, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash;
37 For you have brought forth these men who are neither temple arobbers nor blasphemers of our goddess.
38 If then Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have a matter against anyone, courts are being conducted and there are aproconsuls; let them bring charges against one another.
39 But if you seek after anything further, it shall be settled in the 1legal assembly.
40 For indeed we are in danger of being charged with ainsurrection for today's affair, since there is no reason for it; and with reference to it we will not be able to give an account concerning this disorderly gathering.
41 And when he had said these things, he 1dismissed the assembly.