Acts 19:28
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New International Version
When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

New Living Translation
At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

English Standard Version
When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

New American Standard Bible
When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they had heard this, they were filled with rage and began to cry out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

International Standard Version
When they heard this, they became furious and began to shout, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

NET Bible
When they heard this they became enraged and began to shout, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when they heard these things, they were filled with rage and were crying out and saying, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Demetrius' workers and the others heard this, they became furious and began shouting, "Artemis of the Ephesians is great!"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

King James 2000 Bible
And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

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

American Standard Version
And when they heard this they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Having heard these things, they were full of anger, and cried out, saying: Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

Darby Bible Translation
And having heard [this], and being filled with rage, they cried out, saying, Great [is] Artemis of the Ephesians.

English Revised Version
And when they heard this, they were filled with wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

Weymouth New Testament
After listening to this harangue, they became furiously angry and kept calling out, "Great is the Ephesian Diana!"

World English Bible
When they heard this they were filled with anger, and cried out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

Young's Literal Translation
And they having heard, and having become full of wrath, were crying out, saying, 'Great is the Artemis of the Ephesians!'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:21-31 Persons who came from afar to pay their devotions at the temple of Ephesus, bought little silver shrines, or models of the temple, to carry home with them. See how craftsmen make advantage to themselves of people's superstition, and serve their worldly ends by it. Men are jealous for that by which they get their wealth; and many set themselves against the gospel of Christ, because it calls men from all unlawful crafts, however much wealth is to be gotten by them. There are persons who will stickle for what is most grossly absurd, unreasonable, and false; as this, that those are gods which are made with hands, if it has but worldly interest on its side. The whole city was full of confusion, the common and natural effect of zeal for false religion. Zeal for the honour of Christ, and love to the brethren, encourage zealous believers to venture into danger. Friends will often be raised up among those who are strangers to true religion, but have observed the honest and consistent behaviour of Christians.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - This for these sayings, A.V.; filled with wrath for full of wrath, A.V. Great is Diana, etc. A notable instance of assertion and clamor crying down reason and truth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when they heard these sayings,.... Both the masters and the workmen;

they were full of wrath; against Paul and his doctrine:

and cried out, saying, great is Diana of the Ephesians; this goddess is frequently called in Heathen writers, Diana of the Ephesians, or the Ephesian Diana, because of her famous temple at Ephesus; and to distinguish her from all other Dianas: Pausanias makes mention of sixty Dianas at least, and yet seems not to have taken notice of them all; all of them had different epithets, by which they were distinguished from one another; the images were in different shapes, and they were worshipped with different rites: what seems most of all to distinguish the Ephesian Diana from others, is her having many paps; hence she is called, "multi mammia"; so Minutius Felix observes (t), that Diana is sometimes girt about on high as an huntress, and the Ephesian Diana is "mammis multis & uberibus extructa"; Just as the Isis of the Egyptians, which, Macrobius (u) says, signifies the earth; hence the whole body of the deity is covered with paps, because the whole universe is nourished by it: the priest of Diana of the Ephesians was an eunuch, and was obliged to abstain from all company; neither bathed, nor ate, nor drank with others, nor might he enter into the house of a private person; there was a feast kept every year in honour of her, at which young men in the flower of their age, and virgins well dressed, used to go to the temple in great pomp, keep the feast, and marry with each other. The temple was a sort of an asylum, as Heathen temples commonly were; and it had this particular privilege, that those that fled to it were freed from servitude (w). This goddess is called "great", agreeably to her name, for, "Diana", signifies "great" and venerable; because of her birth, being the daughter of Jupiter; and because of her great service, she was supposed to be of in assisting at births; and because of her magnificent temple and worship; and because she was worshipped by great persons: and here greatness is ascribed unto her, and a loud cry made of it, to animate one another, to gather a mob together, and to incense them and stir them up against the apostle and his companion: in the Arabic version, instead of Diana, it is Venus, both here and elsewhere, but wrongly.

(t) In Octavia, p. 22. (u) Saturnal. l. 1. c. 20. (w) Pausauias in Arcadicis, sive, l. 8. p. 476. Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 3. c. 20. & l. 6. c. 2. & c. 12.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28, 29. Great is Diana of the Ephesians—the civic cry of a populace so proud of their temple that they refused to inscribe on it the name of Alexander the Great, though he offered them the whole spoil of his Eastern campaign if they would do it [Strabo in Howson].

Acts 19:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Riot in Ephesus
27"Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence." 28When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" 29The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia.…
Cross References
Matthew 2:16
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

Acts 18:19
They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

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

Acts 19:34
But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
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Revelation 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast.

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