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Acts 19:24-25

19:24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines 1  of Artemis, 2  brought a great deal 3  of business 4  to the craftsmen. 19:25 He gathered 5  these 6  together, along with the workmen in similar trades, 7  and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity 8  comes from this business.

1 tn BDAG 665 s.v. ναός 1.a states, “Specif. of temples: of replicas of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus 19:24…but here, near ἱερόν vs. 27…ναός can be understood in the more restricted sense shrine, where the image of the goddess stood.”

2 sn Artemis was the name of a Greek goddess worshiped particularly in Asia Minor, whose temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was located just outside the city of Ephesus.

3 tn Grk “brought not a little business” (an idiom).

4 sn A great deal of business. The charge that Christianity brought economic and/or social upheaval was made a number of times in Acts: 16:20-21; 17:6-7; 18:13.

5 tn Grk “gathering.” The participle συναθροίσας (sunaqroisa") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

6 tn Grk “whom”; because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, the relative pronoun (“whom”) has been replaced with a pronoun (“these”) and a new sentence begun in the translation.

7 sn Workmen in similar trades. In effect, Demetrius gathered the Ephesian chamber of commerce together to hear about the threat to their prosperity.

8 tn Another possible meaning is “that this business is an easy way for us to earn a living.”

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