Acts 18

Paul in Corinth

1 After this Paula left Athens and went to Corinth.
2 And he found a Jew named 1Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife 2Priscilla, because 3Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,
3 and 4because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.
4 And 5he reasoned in the synagogue 6every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
5 7When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul 8was occupied with the word, 9testifying to the Jews that the Christ was 10Jesus.
6 And when they opposed and reviled him, 11he shook out his garments and said to them, 12"Your blood be on your own heads! 13I am innocent. 14From now on I will go to the Gentiles."
7 And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius 15Justus, 16a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue.
8 17Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together 18with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.
9 And the Lord said to Paul 19one night in 20a vision, 21"Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,
10 22for I am with you, and 23no one will attack you to harm you, for 24I have many in this city who are my people."
11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 But when Gallio was 25proconsul of Achaia, 26the Jews made a united attack on Paul and 27brought him before the tribunal,
13 saying, "This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to 28the law."
14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious 29crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint.
15 But 30since it is a matter of questions about words and names and 31your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things."
16 And he drove them from the tribunal.
17 And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

Paul Returns to Antioch

18 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of 32the brothersb and set sail for Syria, and with him 33Priscilla and Aquila. At 34Cenchreae 35he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow.
19 And they came to 36Ephesus, and he left them there, but 37he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined.
21 But on taking leave of them he said, "I will return to you 38if God wills," and he set sail from Ephesus.
22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he 39went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch.
23 After spending some time there, he departed and 40went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, 41strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Speaks Boldly in Ephesus

24 Now a Jew named 42Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, 43competent in the Scriptures.
25 He had been instructed in 44the way of the Lord. And 45being fervent in spirit,c he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only 46the baptism of John.
26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when 47Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him 48the way of God more accurately.
27 And when he wished to cross to 49Achaia, 50the brothers encouraged him and 51wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, 52he greatly helped those who through grace had believed,
28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures 53that the Christ was Jesus.
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