Acts 18
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Founding the Corinthian Church

1After this, hea left Athens and went to Corinth,b 2where he found a Jewish man named Aquila,c a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudiusd had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul came to them, 3and being of the same occupation, stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakerse by trade.f 4He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks.g

5When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with preaching the messageh and solemnly testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah.i 6But when they resisted and blasphemed,j he shook his robek, l and told them, “Your blood is on your own heads!m I am innocent.n From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”o 7So he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed the Lord, along with his whole household.p Many of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized.

9Then the Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent. 10For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city.”q 11And he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack against Paul and brought him to the judge’s bench.r 13This man,” they said, “persuades people to worship God contrary to the law! ”

14As Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of a crime or of moral evil, it would be reasonable for me to put up with you Jews. 15But if these are questions about words, names, and your own law, see to it yourselves. I don’t want to be a judge of such things.”s 16So he drove them from the judge’s bench. 17Then they allt seized Sosthenes,u the leader of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the judge’s bench. But none of these things concerned Gallio.

The Return Trip to Antioch

18So Paul, having stayed on for many days, said good-bye to the brothers and sailed away to Syria. Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He shaved his head at Cenchreae because he had taken a vow.v 19When they reached Ephesusw he left them there, but he himself entered the synagogue and engaged in discussion withx the Jews. 20And though they asked him to stay for a longer time, he declined, 21but he said good-bye and stated,yI’ll come back to you again, if God wills.”z Then he set sail from Ephesus.

22On landing at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the churchaa and went down to Antioch.ab 23And after spending some time there, he set out, traveling through one place after another in the Galatian territory and Phrygia, strengthening all the

The Eloquent Apollos

24A Jew named Apollos,ad a native Alexandrian, an eloquent man who was powerful in the use of the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus. 25This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit,ae he spoke and taught the things about Jesus accurately, although he knew only John’s 26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. After Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him homeag and explained the way of God to him more accurately.ah 27When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers wrote to the disciples urging them to welcome him. After he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through 28For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating through the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah.aj

a. 18:1 Other mss read Paul
b. 18:1 Ac 17:15; 19:1; 1Co 1:2; 2Co 1:1,23; 2Tm 4:20
c. 18:2 Ac 18:18,26; Rm 16:3-5; 1Co 16:19; 2Tm 4:19
d. 18:2 Roman emperor a.d. 41–54; he expelled all Jews from Rome in a.d. 49.
e. 18:3 Or leatherworkers, or less likely manufacturers of theatrical properties
f. 18:3 Ac 20:34; 1Co 4:12; 9:15; 2Co 11:7; 12:13; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8
g. 18:4 Ac 9:20; 13:14; 14:1; 18:19
h. 18:5 Other mss read was urged by the Spirit
i. 18:5 Jb 32:18; Ac 15:22; 16:1,9; 17:3,14-15; 18:28; 1Th 3:6
j. 18:6 Ac 13:45; Rm 3:8; 1Co 4:13; Ti 3:2
k. 18:6 A symbolic display of protest; Mt 10:14; Ac 13:51
l. 18:6 Neh 5:13; Mt 10:14; Ac 13:51
m. 18:6 2Sm 1:16; Ezk 18:13; 33:4; Mt 27:25
n. 18:6 Lit clean
o. 18:6 Ezk 3:18; Ac 13:46
p. 18:8 Mk 5:22; Ac 11:14; 1Co 1:14
q. 18:9-10 Mt 28:20; Ac 23:11
r. 18:12 Ac 13:7; 18:27
s. 18:15 Ac 23:29; 25:11,19
t. 18:17 Other mss read Then all the Greeks
u. 18:17 1Co 1:1
v. 18:18 Nm 6:2,5,9,18; Ac 21:24; Rm 16:1
w. 18:19 Ac 19:1; 20:16; 1Co 15:32; 1Tm 1:3; 2Tm 1:18
x. 18:19 Or and addressed
y. 18:21 Other mss add “By all means it is necessary to keep the coming festival in Jerusalem. But
z. 18:21 Rm 1:10; 1Co 4:19; 16:7; Heb 6:3; Jms 4:15; 1Pt 3:17
aa. 18:22 The church in Jerusalem
ab. 18:22 Ac 8:40; 11:19
ac. 18:23 Ac 14:22; 16:6
ad. 18:24 Ac 19:1; 1Co 1:12; 3:5; 4:6; 16:12; Ti 3:13
ae. 18:25 Or in the Spirit
af. 18:25 Lk 7:29; Ac 9:2; 19:3; Rm 12:11
ag. 18:26 Lit they received him
ah. 18:26 Mt 2:8; Lk 1:3; Ac 18:25; 23:15,20; 24:22; Eph 5:15; 1Th 5:2
ai. 18:27 Ac 18:12,18; 1Co 3:6
aj. 18:28 Ac 9:22; 17:2-3; 18:5
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