Acts 18

WPNT(i) 1 Now after these things Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 And encountering a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to depart from Rome), he joined them; 3 and because he practiced the same trade, he stayed on with them and worked (their trade was tentmaker). 4 Every Sabbath in the synagogue he would reason with both Jews and Greeks, trying to persuade them. 5 But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was constrained by the Spirit, solemnly insisting to the Jews: Jesus is the Christ. 6 But since they kept contradicting and blaspheming, he shook his clothes and said to them: “Your blood be upon your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 So he moved from there into the house of a man named Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household; and as they were hearing, many of the Corinthians were believing and being baptized. 9 Now the Lord said to Paul by a vision at night: “Do not be afraid; rather speak and do not keep silent, 10 because I am with you and no one will attack you to harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So he stayed on for a year and six months, teaching the Word of God among them. 12 Now while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, 13 saying, “This fellow persuades the people to worship God contrary to the law”. 14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews: “If there really was some misdeed or wicked crime, O Jews, there would be reason for me to bear with you; 15 but since it is an issue over a word and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; because I refuse to be a judge of such matters.” 16 And he drove them from the judgment seat. 17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the judgment seat. But none of this was a delay to Gallio. 18 Paul still remained there a good while, then took leave of the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila (he had shaved his head in Cenchrea, because he had a vow). 19 He came to Ephesus and left them there (after having entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews). 20 When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent; 21 rather he took leave of them saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing”. Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church [in Jerusalem], he returned to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there, he departed and went through the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples. 24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent man, mighty in the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and being fervent in the Spirit he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 When he decided to go across into Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to receive him; upon arriving he was a great help to those who had believed through the grace; 28 because he kept refuting the Jews vigorously, publicly, demonstrating Jesus to be the Christ, from the Scriptures.