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. Chapter 18.

Paul at Corinth (Corinth)

1 After this he left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he fell in with a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, and his wife Priscilla; he had recently arrived from Italy because Claudius had issued an edict that all Jews should leave Rome. 3 Paul approached them and, because he was of the same trade, he made his home with them, and they carried on business together; they were tent-makers. 4 He also held discussions in the synagogue Sabbath by Sabbath, trying to convince both Jews and Gentiles.

5 Then Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, and Paul devoted himself entirely to preaching, affirming before the Jews that the Messiah was Jesus. 6 But when they opposed him and resorted to abuse, he shook out the skirts of his cloak and said to them, 'Your blood be on your own heads! My conscience is clear; now I shall go to the Gentiles.' 7 With that he left, and went to the house of a worshipper of God named Titius Justus, who lived next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, who held office in the synagogue, now became a believer in the Lord, with all his household; and a number of Corinthians listened and believed, and were baptized. 9 One night in a vision the Lord said to Paul, 'Have no fear: go on with your preaching and do not be silenced, 10 for I am with you and no one shall attempt to do you harm; [Or: and you will not be harmed by anyone's attacks.] and there are many in this city who are my people.' 11 So he settled down for eighteen months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews set upon Paul in a body and brought him into court. 13 'This man', they said, 'is inducing people to worship God in ways that are against the law.' 14 Paul was just about to speak when Gallio said to them, 'If it had been a question of crime or grave misdemeanour, I should, of course, have given you Jews a patient hearing, 15 but if it is some bickering about words and names and your Jewish law, you may see to it yourselves; I have no mind to be a judge of these matters.' 16 And he had them ejected from the court. 17 Then there was a general attack on Sosthenes, who held office in the synagogue, and they gave him a beating in full view of the bench. But all this left Gallio quite unconcerned.

Paul's Return to Antioch (Antioch)

18 Paul stayed on for some time, and then took leave of the brotherhood and set sail for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut off, because he was under a vow. 19 When they reached Ephesus he parted from them and went himself into the synagogue, where he held a discussion with the Jews. 20 He was asked to stay longer, but declined 21 and set out from Ephesus, saying, as he took leave of them, 'I shall come back to you if it is God's will.' 22 On landing at Caesarea, he went up and paid his respects to the church, and then went down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there, he set out again and made a journey through the Galatian country and on through Phrygia, bringing new strength to all the converts.

Apollos Preaches at Ephesus (Ephesus)

24 NOW THERE ARRIVED at Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, [Or: a learned man.] powerful in his use of the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord and was full of spiritual fervour; and in his discourses he taught accurately the facts about Jesus, [Some witnesses read: about the Lord.] though he knew only John's baptism. 26 He now began to speak boldly in the synagogue, where Priscilla and Aquila heard him; they took him in hand and expounded the new way [Some witnesses read: the way of God.] to him in greater detail. 27 Finding that he wished to go across to Achaia, the brotherhood gave him their support, and wrote to the congregation there to make him welcome. From the time of his arrival, he was very helpful to those who had by God's grace become believers; 28 for he strenuously confuted the Jews, demonstrating publicly from the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.

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