But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, some Jews rose in concerted action against Paul and brought him before the governor for judgment.
They accused Paul of "persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law."
But just as Paul started to make his defense, Gallio turned to Paul's accusers and said, "Listen, you Jews, if this were a case involving some wrongdoing or a serious crime, I would be obliged to listen to you.
But since it is merely a question of words and names and your Jewish laws, you take care of it. I refuse to judge such matters."
And he drove them out of the courtroom.
The mob had grabbed Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and had beaten him right there in the courtroom. But Gallio paid no attention.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)