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In comparing the conduct of certain persons at the present time, with those of the year Fifty-nine – we find it to be precisely the same in both periods.

A.D. 59, Acts 19th.

A.D. 1833.

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

For a certain plan named “Benevolent Institutions,” bring no small gain unto the crafts-men, or leaders of the Institutions.

25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.

And it is well known that by them they have their wealth.

26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:

Moreover, whenever the truth is preached, or it is declared that these Institutions, so much worshipped, are not of God, or authorized by Him, as was said of Paul, so of such preachers, now, this man persuadeth and turneth away the people.

27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

And it is not only proclaimed that their craft is in danger and that the great temple will be despised, and its magnificence destroyed; which they desire all the world should worship; crying out, great are these Benevolent Institutions.

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

But all who dare oppose them are denounced as Infidels.

W.

Signs of the Times
Vol. 1, No. 15
June 19, 1833