7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a
faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to
you for the express purpose that you may know about
our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is
coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of
you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does
Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about
him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus,
also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers
for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.
23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A
silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a
lot of business for the craftsmen there. 25 He called them together, along with
the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive
a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow
Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and
in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human
hands are no gods at all.
27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that
the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess
herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will
be robbed of her divine majesty.” 28 When they heard this, they were furious
and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 Soon the whole
city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s
traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the
1 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after
encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 2 He
traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to
the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stayed three
months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was
about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He
was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus
and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also,
and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
1 When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some
other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who
belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from
Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of
Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from
Thessalonica, was with us.
1. He was a PARTNER in the WORK OF GOD.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a
good return for their labor.
2. He was a TRUE FRIEND to the WORKER OF GOD.
PROVERBS 18:24 NASB
A man of too many friends comes to ruin. But
there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.