Acts 18

1After this Paul left Athens and went to the city of Corinth. 2There he met a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus. A short time before this he and his wife Priscilla had come from the country of Italy. They left Italy because Claudius the ruler had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. This was the big city in Italy. Paul went to the house of Aquila and Priscilla. 3Paul’s work had been the making of tents, and that is what they did. So he stayed with them. They worked together. 4Every Sabbath day he talked with the people in the meeting place for the Jews. He tried to talk so that the Jews and the Greeks would believe. 5When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul felt in his heart that he must prove to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. 6But the people talked back to Paul. And they said wrong things about him. Paul shook his clothes and said to them, ‘If you are lost, it is your own fault, not mine! From now on I will go to those who are not Jews.’

7So he left. He went to the house of a man named Justus who worshipped God. His house was next to the meeting place. 8Crispus was the head ruler of the meeting house. He and his whole family believed in the Lord. Many of the people in Corinth heard and believed. And they were baptised. 9The Lord said to Paul in a vision in the night, ‘Do not fear. Keep on speaking. Do not stop. 10I am with you. nobody will hurt you. I have many people in this city.’ 11So Paul stayed there for one year and six months. He taught the people God’s word.

12When Gallio was the ruler of the province of Achaia, the Jews got together to stop Paul. They took him to court. 13They said, ‘This man is talking to the people. He is trying to make them worship God in a way that is against our law.’ 14Paul wanted to speak. Then Gallio said to the Jews, ‘You Jews, if it were a matter of wrong or of doing something very bad, I would listen to you. 15But this is a matter about words and names and about your own law. So you must go and take care of it yourselves! I will not judge such things.’ 16And he drove them out of the court. 17They caught a man. His name was Sosthenes. He was the head ruler of the meeting house. They beat him in front of the judge, but Gallio did nothing about it.

18Paul stayed there for many days. Then he said goodbye to the Christian brothers and went in a boat to the country of Syria. Priscilla and Aquila went with him. In the town of Cenchrea he cut his hair off. This was because he had made a promise to God. 19When they reached the city of Ephesus, Paul left the others there. He himself went to the meeting place and talked with the Jews. 20The Jews begged him to stay longer but he would not stay. 21‘Goodbye,’ he said. ‘I will come back to you again if it is God’s will.’ Then he got in a boat and left Ephesus. 22When he reached Caesarea, he went to greet the church people. Then he went on to Antioch. 23He stayed there for a while. Then he left and went through all the countries of Galatia and Phrygia. He helped the disciples to believe more strongly.

24A Jew came to Ephesus. His name was Apollos. He was born in Alexandria. He spoke with power and was able to explain the holy writings well. 25This man had been taught the way of the Lord. He was strong in spirit as he talked to people. What he taught them about the Lord was true. But he knew only about the baptism of John. 26He began to speak without fear in the meeting place. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him to their house. They explained the way of God so that he knew more about it. 27Apollos decided to go into Achaia. The Christian brothers wrote to the disciples there and asked them to receive him. When he reached Achaia, he helped very much those who believed. They believed because God was kind to them. 28He talked strongly with the Jews before the people. He proved to them from the holy writings that Jesus is the Christ.

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