But no such luck. All they did was argue contentiously and contradict him at every turn. Totally exasperated, Paul had finally had it with them and gave it up as a bad job. "Have it your way, then," he said. "You've made your bed; now lie in it. From now on I'm spending my time with the other nations."
He walked out and went to the home of Titius Justus, a God-fearing man who lived right next to the Jews' meeting place.
But Paul's efforts with the Jews weren't a total loss, for Crispus, the meeting-place president, put his trust in the Master. His entire family believed with him.
One night the Master spoke to Paul in a dream: "Keep it up, and don't let anyone intimidate or silence you.
No matter what happens, I'm with you and no one is going to be able to hurt you. You have no idea how many people I have on my side in this city."
That was all he needed to stick it out. He stayed another year and a half, faithfully teaching the Word of God to the Corinthians.
But when Gallio was governor of Achaia province, the Jews got up a campaign against Paul, hauled him into court,
and filed chcrges: "This man is seducing people into acts of worship that are illegal."
Just as Paul was about to defend himself, Gallio interrupted and said to the Jews, "If this was a matter of criminal conduct, I would gladly hear you out.
But it sounds to me like one more Jewish squabble, another of your endless hairsplitting quarrels over religion. Take care of it on your own time. I can't be bothered with this nonsense,"
and he cleared them out of the courtroom.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)