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Acts 18:1-28

18  After this he left Athens and came to Corinth; 2  and, finding a certain Jew named Aquila, a Pontus man by family, who had just come from Italy, he and his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had prescribed that all the Jews should leave Rome, he went to them, 3**  and, because he was of the same trade, stayed with them and worked; for they were tentmakers by trade. 4  And he argued in the synagogue sabbath after sabbath and persuaded Jews and Greeks. 5  But when Silas and Timothy had come down from Macedonia Paul was under a pressure in his speaking, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6  But as they took a hostile attitude and blasphemed he shook out his clothes and said to them “Your blood be on your own heads; I am clean; from now on I will go to the foreigners”; 7  and he moved from there and came into the house of one Titius Justus, a religious-minded man, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8  But Crispus the director of the synagogue believed the Lord with his whole family, and many of the Corinthians, hearing of it, believed and were baptized. 9  And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision “Do not be afraid, but speak and never be silent, 10  because I am with you and nobody shall fall foul of you to do you harm, because I have a numerous people in this city.” 11  And he kept on there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 12  But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaea the Jews came down on Paul in a body and led him before the bench, 13  saying “This man is influencing people to adore God contrary to the law.” 14*  But as Paul was about to open his mouth Gallio said to the Jews “Now, Jews, if it were an injustice or an unscrupulous meanness, I would bear with you as reason would require; 15  but if it is questions about language and names and your law, you will see to it yourselves: I do not care to be a judge of these things”; 16  and he drove them away from the bench. 17  And they all took hold of Sosthenes the director of the synagogue and thrashed him in front of the bench; and Gallio did not concern himself about any of this. 18  But Paul, after staying on with the brothers several days longer, bade them farewell and sailed for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila, shearing his head at Cenchreae (for he had a vow). 19  And they reached Ephesus, and he left those two there; and he himself went into the synagogue and argued with the Jews, 20  but when they requested him to make a longer stay he would not consent, 21  but, bidding them farewell and saying “I will come back to you again, God willing,” set sail from Ephesus, 22  and, landing at Cesarea, went up and greeted the church and went down to Antioch; 23  and after spending some time there he went out going through the Phrygian-Galatian country, bracing up all the converts. 24  But a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by family, an eloquent man, made his appearance in Ephesus, showing himself strong in the Scriptures. 25  This man had been indoctrinated in the Lord’s path, and, being enthusiastic, he was talking and teaching the particulars about Jesus while he knew only John’s baptism; 26*  and this man began to speak out in the synagogue. But Priscilla and Aquila, having heard him, took him home and stated God’s path to him more particularly. 27  And when he was desirous to go over to Achaea the brothers encouraged him to, and wrote to the converts to welcome him; and on his arrival he powerfully reinforced those who had believed through grace, 28  for he energetically argued the Jews down in public, showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.


18:3 Var. with them, and they worked
18:3 Or leather-workers
18:14 Lit. without Now but with Jews not the first word
18:26 Var. stated the Path to him