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.