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29 The entire city was thrown into chaos as everyone rushed into the stadium together,[a] dragging with them Gaius[b] and Aristarchus,[c] Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia.

30 When Paul attempted to go in and speak to the massive crowd, the disciples wouldn’t let him. 31 Some of the high-ranking governmental officials of the region, because they loved him,[d] sent Paul an urgent message, saying, “Whatever you do, don’t step foot into that stadium!”

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 19:29 The stadium of Ephesus has recently been discovered and is estimated to have held twenty-four thousand spectators.
  2. Acts 19:29 Gaius’ name is a variant form of “lord.” There is speculation that he could be the man to whom the apostle John wrote his third letter (3 John).
  3. Acts 19:29 Aristarchus’ name means “best ruler.” He was a native of Thessalonica (Acts 20:4; 27:2). He traveled often with Paul and is also mentioned in Col. 4:10 and Philem. 24, called there Paul’s “fellow prisoner.” Church tradition states that he was martyred by Emperor Nero for loving and serving Jesus Christ.
  4. Acts 19:31 As translated from the Aramaic.

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