Acts 18

Williams(i) 1 After this he left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had issued an edict for all Jews to leave Rome. So Paul paid them a visit, 3 and as they all had the same trade, they proceeded to work together. 4 Every sabbath it was Paul's habit to preach in the synagogue and to persuade both Jews and Greeks. 5 By the time Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was wholly absorbed in preaching the message and was enthusiastically assuring the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. 6 But as they opposed and abused him, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, "Your blood be upon your own heads! I am not to blame for it myself. Hereafter I am going to the heathen." 7 So he moved into the house of a pagan named Titus Justus, who worshiped the true God; his house was next to the synagogue. 8 But Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, became a believer in the Lord, and so did all his family, and from time to time many of the Corinthians heard, believed, and were baptized. 9 One night in a vision the Lord said to Paul, "Stop being afraid, go on speaking, never give up; 10 because I am with you, and no one is going to attack you so as to injure you, because I have many people in this city." 11 So for a year and a half he settled down among them and went on teaching God's message. 12 While Gallio was governor of Greece, the Jews unanimously attacked Paul and one day brought him before the court, 13 and said, "This fellow is inducing people to worship God in ways that violate our laws." 14 As Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were some misdemeanor or underhanded rascality, O Jews, I would in reason listen to you; 15 but as it is questions about words and titles and your own law, you will have to see to it yourselves. I refuse to act as judge in these matters." 16 So he drove them away from the court. 17 Then they all seized Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and kept beating him right in front of the court; but Gallio paid no attention to it. 18 Now Paul stayed a considerable time longer in Corinth, and then bade the brothers goodbye and set sail for Syria, accompanied by Aquila and Priscilla. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, for he was under a vow. 19 Then they came to Ephesus, and Paul left them there. He went into the synagogue and had a discussion with the Jews. 20 They asked him to stay longer, but he would not consent. 21 But as he bade them goodbye, he promised, "I will come back to you again, if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he reached Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church there; then he went down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there, he started out again, and by a definite schedule traveled all over Galatia and Phrygia, imparting new strength to all the disciples. 24 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was a native of Alexandria, a learned man, and skillful in the use of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed about the way of the Lord, and with spiritual fervor he was speaking and was accurately teaching some details about Jesus, although he knew of no baptism but John's. 26 He started speaking courageously in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him home with them and more accurately explained the way of God to him. 27 Because he wished to cross to Greece, the brothers wrote and urged the disciples there to welcome him. On his arrival he rendered great service to those who through God's favor had believed, 28 for he successfully refuted the Jews in public and proved by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.