- Acts 19:36-41
- Acts 19:36 (KJB)
- Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be
quiet, and to do nothing rashly.
- Rashly - Impulsive or reckless
- The town clerk then went on to say that since there is no argument which
can be made against the facts of Diana coming from Jupiter, that they should
not consider doing anything rashly or impulsively because there could be
grave consequences to their actions. He was trying the best he could to
quiet the crowd so the Romans would not have to come in and use force.
- Acts 19:37 (KJB)
- For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of
churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
- Robbers of churches - Temple robbers or sacrilegious person
- The town clerk then begins to bring order to the mob by stating that the
men they dragged into the amphitheater, Gaius and Aristarchus, were not
criminals and have not done anything to warrant this type of mob behavior.
He then states that they have not robbed from the temple of Diana, that is,
they have not taken anything from it nor have they done any damage to it. He
also stated that these men did not even commit blasphemy against the
religion of Diana. These were innocent men concerning the accusations which
were made against them. Then again a mob does not need any valid reason to
condemn a person because it is an out of control entity without rationality
nor common sense.
- Acts 19:38 (KJB)
- Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a
matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them
implead one another.
- Implead - To sue or to prosecute
- The clerk then proceeds to tell the crowd that if Demetrius and the
other men have any accusations against these men that they are to pursue it
legally and not through any type of mob vengeance. The courts are in session
during the day and the proconsul was available to hear their case. The
proconsul was the governor appointed by the Romans for provinces under their
jurisdiction and he would be able to adjudicate the matter.
- Acts 19:39 (KJB)
- But if ye inquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be
determined in a lawful assembly.
- If therefore anyone wanted to seek anything beyond these particular
matters, they would be able to do it but they had to do it legally in a
lawful assembly. Mob rule will never yield a proper and correct verdict
because mobs are always biased against someone or something.
- Acts 19:40 (KJB)
- For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar,
there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.
- Concourse - Unruly gathering or a running together
- The clerk was extremely concerned and worried about this mob situation.
If the Romans came in and ordered their troops to maintain order, it could
have turned out that many may have lost their lives and the town clerk was
trying to avoid such a situation. If the Romans would have inquired about
the mob scene, they could have given no good reason for it to happen. The
word “concourse” carries with it the meaning of “a running together” which
is what the mob does. We have all seen a mob running down the street in one
direction and that is what took place in Ephesus. It would have looked like
a riot or a rebellion was taking place and Rome would put that down very
quickly without concerning itself with the loss of life.
- Acts 19:41 (KJB)
- And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.
- When he made these comments, he dismissed the crowd. They no doubt would
have known about the ferocity and quickness of the Romans who would be
called in to bring back order, therefore, they did not want to face their
army. This was wise because as a verse previously stated, that many of them
did not even know why they were assembled and it would not be wise to lose
life over the complaints of just a few men, especially when those complaints
could not be backed up with any hard evidence.