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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Acts 18:1-28

18  After these things he departed from Athens and came to Corinth.  And he found a certain Jew named Aq′ui·la,+ a native of Pon′tus who had recently come from Italy,+ and Pris·cil′la his wife, because of the fact that Claudius+ had ordered all the Jews to depart from Rome. So he went to them  and on account of being of the same trade he stayed at their home, and they worked,+ for they were tentmakers by trade.  However, he would give a talk in the synagogue+ every sabbath and would persuade Jews and Greeks.*  When, now, both Silas+ and Timothy+ came down from Mac·e·do′ni·a, Paul began to be intensely occupied with the word, witnessing to the Jews to prove that Jesus is the Christ.+  But after they kept on opposing and speaking abusively,+ he shook out his garments+ and said to them: “Let YOUR blood+ be upon YOUR own heads. I am clean.+ From now on I will go to people of the nations.”+  Accordingly he transferred from there and went into the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was adjoining the synagogue.  But Cris′pus+ the presiding officer of the synagogue became a believer in the Lord, and so did all his household. And many of the Corinthians that heard began to believe and be baptized.  Moreover, by night the Lord said to Paul+ through a vision: “Have no fear, but keep on speaking and do not keep silent, 10  because I am with you+ and no man will assault you so as to do you injury; for I have many people in this city.” 11  So he stayed set there a year and six months, teaching among them the word of God. 12  Now while Gal′li·o was proconsul*+ of A·cha′ia,* the Jews rose up with one accord against Paul and led him to the judgment seat,+ 13  saying: “Contrary to the law this person leads+ men to another persuasion in worshiping God.” 14  But as Paul was going to open his mouth, Gal′li·o said to the Jews: “If it were, indeed, some wrong or a wicked act of villainy, O Jews, I would with reason put up patiently with YOU. 15  But if it is controversies over speech and names+ and the law+ among YOU, YOU yourselves must see to it. I do not wish to be a judge of these things.” 16  With that he drove them away from the judgment seat. 17  So they all laid hold of Sos′the·nes+ the presiding officer of the synagogue and went to beating him in front of the judgment seat. But Gal′li·o would not concern himself at all with these things. 18  However, after staying quite some days longer, Paul said good-bye to the brothers and proceeded to sail away for Syria, and with him Pris·cil′la and Aq′ui·la, as he had the hair of his head clipped short+ in Cen′chre·ae,*+ for he had a vow. 19  So they arrived at Eph′e·sus, and he left them there; but he himself entered into the synagogue+ and reasoned with the Jews. 20  Although they kept requesting him to remain for a longer time, he would not consent 21  but said good-bye+ and told them: “I will return to YOU again, if Jehovah* is willing.”+ And he put out to sea from Eph′e·sus 22  and came down to Caes·a·re′a. And he went up* and greeted the congregation, and went down to Antioch. 23  And when he had passed some time there he departed and went from place to place through the country of Ga·la′ti·a+ and Phryg′i·a,+ strengthening+ all the disciples. 24  Now a certain Jew named A·pol′los,+ a native of Alexandria, an eloquent man, arrived in Eph′e·sus; and he was well versed in the Scriptures.+ 25  This [man] had been orally instructed in the way of Jehovah* and, as he was aglow with the spirit,+ he went speaking and teaching with correctness the things about Jesus, but being acquainted with only the baptism+ of John. 26  And this [man] started to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Pris·cil′la and Aq′ui·la+ heard him, they took him into their company and expounded the way of God more correctly to him. 27  Further, because he was desiring to go across into A·cha′ia, the brothers wrote the disciples, exhorting them to receive him kindly. So when he got there, he greatly helped+ those who had believed on account of [God’s]* undeserved kindness;+ 28  for with intensity he thoroughly proved the Jews to be wrong publicly, while he demonstrated by the Scriptures+ that Jesus was the Christ.+


Lit., “Hellenes.” Gr., Hel′le·nas.
A provincial governor for the Roman Senate.
The Roman province of southern Greece with its capital at Corinth.
Corinth’s seaport for eastern points.
See App 1D.
To Jerusalem, apparently.
See App 1D.
Lit., “the.”