Paul was disrupting the silver idol making trade (Acts 19:26)

“You also see

And hear

That not only

In Ephesus,

But in almost

The whole of Asia,

This Paul

Has persuaded

And turned away

A considerable number

Of people.

He says

That gods

Made with human hands

Are not gods.”

καὶ θεωρεῖτε καὶ ἀκούετε ὅτι οὐ μόνον Ἐφέσου ἀλλὰ σχεδὸν πάσης τῆς Ἀσίας ὁ Παῦλος οὗτος πείσας μετέστησεν ἱκανὸν ὄχλον, λέγων ὅτι οὐκ εἰσὶν θεοὶ οἱ διὰ χειρῶν γινόμενοι.

The author of Acts indicated that Demetrius said that they see (καὶ θεωρεῖτε) and hear (καὶ ἀκούετε) that not only in Ephesus (ὅτι οὐ μόνον Ἐφέσου), but in almost the whole of Asia (ἀλλὰ σχεδὸν πάσης τῆς Ἀσίας), this Paul (ὁ Παῦλος οὗτος) has persuaded (πείσας) and turned away (μετέστησεν) a considerable number of people (ἱκανὸν ὄχλον).  Paul said (λέγων) that if gods are made with human hands (οἱ διὰ χειρῶν γινόμενοι) then they are not gods (ὅτι οὐκ εἰσὶν θεοὶ).  This Demetrius told his fellow silversmith men that Paul had been going around Ephesus and other parts of Asia telling people that their silver images of a god made with human hands were not really a god.  He was degrading their business, not only there in Ephesus but in the surrounding areas.  Thus, this Paul had persuaded a number of people to turn away from the Greek goddess Artemis.  With less visitors to the temple there would be less business for the silver souvenirs that they made.  Have you ever bought a souvenir at a church?

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