Acts 19:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 19:24, NIV: "A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there."

Acts 19:24, ESV: "For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen."

Acts 19:24, KJV: "For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;"

Acts 19:24, NASB: "For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing considerable business to the craftsmen;"

Acts 19:24, NLT: "It began with Demetrius, a silversmith who had a large business manufacturing silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis. He kept many craftsmen busy."

Acts 19:24, CSB: "For a person named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, provided a great deal of business for the craftsmen."

What does Acts 19:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has impacted the incomes of people before. In Philippi, a slave girl, possessed by a fortune-telling demon, followed him around and yelled at him so much he expelled the demon. The girl's owners, angry that they could no longer use the girl's power to make money, had Paul and Silas arrested (Acts 16:16–24).

This is the first time on record were Paul angered an entire industry. Through the authority of the Holy Spirit, he has been healing the sick and releasing the possessed from the power of demons. So many people throughout the province of Asia, in southwest modern-day Turkey, have turned away from worshiping the Greek gods that the idol makers fear for their income. They rally the entire city, reinforcing their devotion to Artemis, until the town clerk threatens them with a charge of rioting (Acts 19:25–34).

Part of the town clerk's negotiations is reminding the crowd that Demetrius and the craftsmen can file a suit against Paul if they have sufficient evidence he's breaking the law (Acts 19:38). There's no indication this is Demetrius's goal. He knows Paul hasn't broken the law. But by riling up the people he gets what he wants: an effective marketing campaign.

Throughout the spread of Christianity, those who thoughtfully consider the story of Jesus or who desperately need the freedom and healing Jesus provides accept His offer of forgiveness (Luke 24:26–27; Acts 8:26–39). Those who are jealous of the popularity of Jesus' message or have money to lose rebel (Matthew 27:18; Acts 16:19; 17:5; 19:23–27). The trend continues today.