After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
There he met a Jew named Aquila, who was a native of Pontus. Aquila had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla. The emperor Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see Aquila and Priscilla.
They were tentmakers, just as he was. So he stayed and worked with them.
Every Sabbath day he went to the synagogue. He was trying to get both Jews and Greeks to believe in the Lord.
Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia. Then Paul spent all his time preaching. He gave witness to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
But the Jews opposed Paul. They treated him badly. He didn't like this. So he shook out his clothes. Then he said to them, "Anything that happens to you will be your own fault! Don't blame me for it! From now on I will go to people who are not Jews."
Then Paul left the synagogue. He went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a man who worshiped God.
Crispus was the synagogue ruler. He and his whole family came to believe in the Lord. Many others who lived in Corinth heard Paul. They too believed and were baptized.
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Keep on speaking. Don't be silent.
I am with you. No one will attack you and harm you. I have many people in this city."
So Paul stayed there for a year and a half. He taught them God's word.
At that time Gallio was governor of Achaia. The Jews got together and attacked Paul. They brought him into court.
"This man," they charged, "is trying to talk people into worshiping God in ways that are against the law."
Paul was about to speak up for himself. But just then Gallio spoke to the Jews. "You Jews are not claiming that Paul has committed a crime, whether large or small," he said. "If you were, it would make sense for me to listen to you.
But this is about your own law. It is a question of words and names. Settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things."
So he had them thrown out of the court.
Then all the Jews turned against Sosthenes. He was the synagogue ruler. They beat him up in front of the court. But Gallio didn't care at all.
Paul stayed in Corinth for some time. Then he left the believers and sailed for Syria. Priscilla and Aquila went with him. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea. He did this because he had made a promise to God.
They arrived at Ephesus. There Paul said good-by to Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and talked with the Jews.
The Jews asked him to spend more time with them. But he said no.
As he left, he made them a promise. "If God wants me to," he said, "I will come back." Then he sailed from Ephesus.
When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem. There he greeted the church. He then went down to Antioch.
Paul spent some time in Antioch. Then he left and traveled all over Galatia and Phrygia. He gave strength to all the believers there.
At that time a Jew named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was an educated man from Alexandria. He knew the Scriptures very well.
Apollos had been taught the way of the Lord. He spoke with great power. He taught the truth about Jesus. But he only knew about John's baptism.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. Priscilla and Aquila heard him. So they invited him to their home. There they gave him a better understanding of the way of God.
Apollos wanted to go to Achaia. The brothers agreed with him. They wrote to the believers there. They asked them to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who had become believers by God's grace.
He argued strongly against the Jews in public meetings. He proved from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.