But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, some Jews rose up together 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 our 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 have a reason to accept your case.
But since it is merely a question of words and names and your Jewish law, take care of it yourselves. I refuse to judge such matters.”
And he threw them out of the courtroom.
The crowd then grabbed Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him right there in the courtroom. But Gallio paid no attention.
References for Acts 18:17