Acts 18:9
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New International Version
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.

King James Bible
Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:

Darby Bible Translation
And the Lord said by vision in [the] night to Paul, Fear not, but speak and be not silent;

World English Bible
The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Don't be afraid, but speak and don't be silent;

Young's Literal Translation
And the Lord said through a vision in the night to Paul, 'Be not afraid, but be speaking and thou mayest be not silent;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision - It is likely that Paul was at this time much discouraged by the violent opposition of the Jews, and probably was in danger of his life; see Acts 18:10; and might have been entertaining serious thoughts of ceasing to preach, or leaving Corinth. To prevent this, and comfort him, God was pleased to give him this vision.

Be not afraid - That this comfort and assurance were necessary himself shows us in his first epistle to these Corinthians, Acts 2:3 : I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia...

Acts 22:18 And saw him saying to me, Make haste, and get you quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive your testimony concerning me.

Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as you have testified of me in Jerusalem...

Acts 27:23-25 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve...

2 Corinthians 12:1-3 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord...

Be.

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Jeremiah 1:17 You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command you: be not dismayed at their faces...

Ezekiel 2:6-8 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with you...

Ezekiel 3:9-11 As an adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks...

Jonah 3:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching that I bid you.

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his transgression...

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel...

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as you know, at Philippi...

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'Constrained by the Word'
'And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified.'--ACTS xviii. 5. The Revised Version, in concurrence with most recent authorities, reads, instead of 'pressed in the spirit,' 'constrained by the word.' One of these alterations depends on a diversity of reading, the other on a difference of translation. The one introduces a significant difference of meaning; the other is rather a change of expression. The word rendered here 'pressed,' and by the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

The Civil Trial
In the chapter before last we saw the Sanhedrim pass a death sentence on Jesus. Gladly would they have carried it out in the Jewish fashion--by stoning. But, as was then explained, it was not in their power: their Roman masters, while conceding to the native courts the power of trying and punishing minor offences, reserved to themselves the prerogative of life and death; and a case in which a capital sentence had been passed in a Jewish court had to go before the representative of Rome in the country,
James Stalker—The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ

The Kingdom Conquering the World
Acts Page Paul's Epistles Page Outline for Study of Epistles Page I Thessalonians Page I Corinthians Page Romans Page Philippians Page II Timothy Page The General Epistles Page Questions on the Book of James Page Studies in I and II Peter Page I John Page THE ACTS I. Author: 1. Name. 2. Number of
Frank Nelson Palmer—A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible

Sources and Literature on St. Paul and his Work.
I. Sources. 1. The authentic sources: The Epistles of Paul, and the Acts of the Apostles 9:1-30 and 13 to 28. Of the Epistles of Paul the four most important Galatians, Romans, two Corinthians--are universally acknowledged as genuine even by the most exacting critics; the Philippians, Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians are admitted by nearly all critics; the Pastoral Epistles, especially First Timothy, and Titus, are more or less disputed, but even they bear the stamp of Paul's genius. On the coincidences
Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I

Cross References
Acts 9:10
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered.

Acts 18:10
For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city."

Acts 23:11
The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, "Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."

Acts 27:23
Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me

1 Corinthians 9:1
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?

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