Demetrius was a silversmith,
His trade could make him rich.
He constructed silver statues
Of the false god Artemis.
Ephesus was where he worked
And made his silver shrines.
These potters and these silversmiths
Made idols all the time.
There arose a great disturbance
From the people in that day.
Demetrius said, “This fellow Paul
Is leading folks astray.”
“Paul says our handmade gods
Are not true gods, and we’re amiss.
We’ll lose business, not make money,
And ruin the name of Artemis.”
The whole town was upset
And caused a big hullabaloo!
Paul wanted to talk to them,
City clerk said, “Best not to.”
The people screamed for hours,
Who could hear what they did say?!
The city clerk did calm them,
And then sent them on their way.
When you share the love of Jesus,
There are some who’ll be unkind.
Never fear — He will be with you;
Strength and courage you will find.
Ephesus, one of the largest cities in the Roman world, was famous as the center for the worship of Artemis. The temple of Artemis, also known as the temple of Diana, was the largest building in the Greek world. Potters and silversmiths were drawn to this area to make shrines and images of Artemis. But Paul’s time in Ephesus helped many people become followers of Christ.
Scripture Reference: Acts 19: 23-41