Atos 18

1 After this Paul left Athens to go to Corinth.

2 There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus who is currently from Italy with his wife Priscilla. Claudius commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. So he came to them.

3 He was of the same trade as Paul. So he stayed with them and worked at their tentmaker trade.

4 He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks.

5 Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia. He witnessed to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.

6 When they opposed Paul and treated him abusively he shook out his garment and said to them: »Your blood is upon your own heads. I am clean. From now on I will go to the people of the nations.«

7 He left the synagogue and went next door to the house of a man named Titus Justus, one who worshiped God.

8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord and so did his household. Many of the Corinthians who heard and believed were baptized.

9 The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision: »Do not be afraid, but speak. Do not keep silent!

10 »I am with you and no man will harm you. I have many people in this city.«

11 He lived there a year and six months teaching the word of God to them.

12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat.

13 They said: »This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.«

14 Paul was about to speak when Gallio said to the Jews: »If you Jews were about to complain about some crime it would be reasonable for me to listen to you.

15 »But it involves questions about words and names in your own law so look to it yourselves. I will not be judge of these matters.«

16 He drove them from the court.

17 They all grabbed Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the court. Gallio did not care about this.

18 Paul stayed many days. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria. Also with Paul were Priscilla and Aquila. Paul clipped this hair short in Cenchreae because of a vow.

19 They traveled to Ephesus where he left them. Paul entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

20 When they asked him to stay longer he declined.

21 »I will return again to you if it is God’s will,« Paul said. Then he set sail from Ephesus.

22 When he landed at Caesarea, he greeted the congregation and traveled to Antioch.

23 After spending some time there he departed through the region of Galatia, and Phrygia strengthening all the disciples.

24 A Jew named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was an Alexandrian who had a comprehensive knowledge of the scriptures and spoke eloquently.

25 This man had been instructed in God’s way. Being fervent in spirit he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John.

26 He spoke boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him home and explained God’s word more accurately.

27 When he decided to travel to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him. They wrote to the disciples to receive him. When he arrived he was a great help to those who by grace believed.

28 He powerfully refuted the Jews in public debate showing by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.