Acts 18

Paul in Corinth

1After this Paul
Greek he
left Athens and went to Corinth.
2And he found a Jew named b  Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife c  Priscilla, because d  Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, 3and e  because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. 4And f  he reasoned in the synagogue g  every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

5 h  When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul i  was occupied with the word j  testifying to the Jews that the Christ was k  Jesus. 6And when they opposed and reviled him, l  he shook out his garments and said to them m  Your blood be on your own heads! n  I am innocent. o  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius p  Justus q  a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. 8 r  Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together s  with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. 9And the Lord said to Paul t  one night in u  a vision, v  “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 w  for I am with you, and x  no one will attack you to harm you, for y  I have many in this city who are my people.” 11And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12But when Gallio was z  proconsul of Achaia aa  the Jews
Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verses 14 (twice), 28
made a united attack on Paul and ac  brought him before the tribunal,
13saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to ad  the law.” 14But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious ae  crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15But af  since it is a matter of questions about words and names and ag  your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.” 16And he drove them from the tribunal. 17And 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

18After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of ah  the brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verse 27
and set sail for Syria, and with him aj  Priscilla and Aquila. At ak  Cenchreae al  he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow.
19And they came to am  Ephesus, and he left them there, but an  he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you ao  if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.

22When he had landed at Caesarea, he ap  went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. 23After spending some time there, he departed and aq  went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia ar  strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Speaks Boldly in Ephesus

24Now a Jew named as  Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man at  competent in the Scriptures. 25He had been instructed in au  the way of the Lord. And av  being fervent in spirit
Or  in the Spirit
he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only ax  the baptism of John.
26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when ay  Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him az  the way of God more accurately. 27And when he wished to cross to ba  Achaia bb  the brothers encouraged him and bc  wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived bd  he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures be  that the Christ was Jesus.

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