Bible: Acts 18

Paul at Corinth

18:1 After this 1  Paul 2  departed from 3  Athens 4  and went to Corinth. 5  18:2 There he 6  found 7  a Jew named Aquila, 8  a native of Pontus, 9  who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius 10  had ordered all the Jews to depart from 11  Rome. 12  Paul approached 13  them, 18:3 and because he worked at the same trade, he stayed with them and worked with them 14  (for they were tentmakers 15  by trade). 16  18:4 He addressed 17  both Jews and Greeks in the synagogue 18  every Sabbath, attempting to persuade 19  them.

18:5 Now when Silas and Timothy arrived 20  from Macedonia, 21  Paul became wholly absorbed with proclaiming 22  the word, testifying 23  to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 24  18:6 When they opposed him 25  and reviled him, 26  he protested by shaking out his clothes 27  and said to them, “Your blood 28  be on your own heads! I am guiltless! 29  From now on I will go to the Gentiles! 18:7 Then Paul 30  left 31  the synagogue 32  and went to the house of a person named Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God, 33  whose house was next door to the synagogue. 18:8 Crispus, the president of the synagogue, 34  believed in the Lord together with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard about it 35  believed and were baptized. 18:9 The Lord said to Paul by a vision 36  in the night, 37 Do not be afraid, 38  but speak and do not be silent, 18:10 because I am with you, and no one will assault 39  you to harm 40  you, because I have many people in this city.” 18:11 So he stayed there 41  a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 42 

Paul Before the Proconsul Gallio

18:12 Now while Gallio 43  was proconsul 44  of Achaia, 45  the Jews attacked Paul together 46  and brought him before the judgment seat, 47  18:13 saying, “This man is persuading 48  people to worship God in a way contrary to 49  the law! 18:14 But just as Paul was about to speak, 50  Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or serious piece of villainy, 51  I would have been justified in accepting the complaint 52  of you Jews, 53  18:15 but since it concerns points of disagreement 54  about words and names and your own law, settle 55  it yourselves. I will not be 56  a judge of these things! 18:16 Then he had them forced away 57  from the judgment seat. 58  18:17 So they all seized Sosthenes, the president of the synagogue, 59  and began to beat 60  him in front of the judgment seat. 61  Yet none of these things were of any concern 62  to Gallio.

Paul Returns to Antioch in Syria

18:18 Paul, after staying 63  many more days in Corinth, 64  said farewell to 65  the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by 66  Priscilla and Aquila. 67  He 68  had his hair cut off 69  at Cenchrea 70  because he had made a vow. 71  18:19 When they reached Ephesus, 72  Paul 73  left Priscilla and Aquila 74  behind there, but he himself went 75  into the synagogue 76  and addressed 77  the Jews. 18:20 When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent, 78  18:21 but said farewell to 79  them and added, 80 I will come back 81  to you again if God wills.” 82  Then 83  he set sail from Ephesus, 18:22 and when he arrived 84  at Caesarea, 85  he went up and greeted 86  the church at Jerusalem 87  and then went down to Antioch. 88  18:23 After he spent 89  some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia 90  and Phrygia, 91  strengthening all the disciples.

Apollos Begins His Ministry

18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. 92  He was an eloquent speaker, 93  well-versed 94  in the scriptures. 18:25 He had been instructed in 95  the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm 96  he spoke and taught accurately the facts 97  about Jesus, although he knew 98  only the baptism of John. 18:26 He began to speak out fearlessly 99  in the synagogue, 100  but when Priscilla and Aquila 101  heard him, they took him aside 102  and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 18:27 When Apollos 103  wanted to cross over to Achaia, 104  the brothers encouraged 105  him 106  and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he 107  assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 18:28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously 108  in public debate, 109  demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ 110  was Jesus. 111 

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