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Paul Meets Priscilla and Aquila in Corinth

18Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinthc.G1161G3326G5023G3972G5563G1537G116G2064G1519G28822There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome.G2532G2147G5100G2453G3686G207G1085G4193G4373G2064G575G2482G2532G846G1135G4252G1223G2804G1299G3956G2453G5563G1537G4516G4334G8463Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakersc just as he was.G2532G1223G1511G3673G3306G3844G846G2532G2038G1063G5078G2258G46354Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike.G1161G1256G1722G4864G2596G3956G4521G5037G3982G2453G2532G16725And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent all his time preaching the word. He testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.G1161G5613G5037G4609G2532G5095G2718G575G3109G3972G4912G4151G1263G2453G2424G55476But when they opposed and insulted him, Paul shook the dust from his clothes and said, "Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles."G1161G498G846G2532G987G1621G2440G2036G4314G846G5216G129G1909G5216G2776G1473G2513G575G3568G4198G1519G14847Then he left and went to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next door to the synagogue.G2532G3327G1564G2064G1519G5100G3614G3686G2459G4576G2316G3739G3614G4927G2258G48648Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.G1161G2921G752G4100G2962G4862G3650G846G3624G2532G4183G2881G191G4100G2532G9079One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, "Don't be afraid! Speak out! Don't be silent!G1161G2036G2962G3972G1223G3571G1722G3705G5399G3361G5399G235G2980G2532G4623G3361G462310For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me."G1360G1473G1510G3326G4675G2532G3762G2007G4671G2559G4571G1360G3427G2076G4183G2992G1722G5026G417211So Paul stayed there for the next year and a half, teaching the word of God.G5037G2523G1763G2532G1803G3376G1321G3056G2316G1722G84612But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, some Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him before the governor for judgment.G1161G1058G445G882G2453G2721G3661G3972G2532G71G846G1909G96813They accused Paul of "persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to our law."G3004G3754G3778G374G444G4576G2316G3844G355114But just as Paul started to make his defense, Gallio turned to Paul's accusers and said, "Listen, you Jews, if this were a case involving some wrongdoing or a serious crime, I would have a reason to accept your case.G1161G3972G3195G455G4750G1058G2036G4314G2453G1487G3303G3767G2258G5100G92G2228G4190G4467G5599G2453G2596G3056G302G430G521615But since it is merely a question of words and names and your Jewish law, take care of it yourselves. I refuse to judge such matters."G1161G1487G2076G2213G4012G3056G2532G3686G2532G2596G5209G3551G3700G846G1063G1473G1014G1511G3756G2923G513016And he threw them out of the courtroom.G2532G556G846G575G96817The crowdc then grabbed Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him right there in the courtroom. But Gallio paid no attention.G1161G3956G1672G1949G4988G752G5180G1715G968G2532G1058G3199G3762G5130

Paul Returns to Antioch of Syria

18Paul stayed in Corinth for some time after that, then said good-bye to the brothers and sistersc and went to nearby Cenchrea. There he shaved his head according to Jewish custom, marking the end of a vow. Then he set sail for Syria, taking Priscilla and Aquila with him.G1161G3972G4357G2089G2425G2250G657G80G1602G1519G4947G2532G4862G846G4252G2532G207G2751G2776G1722G2747G1063G2192G217119They stopped first at the port of Ephesus, where Paul left the others behind. While he was there, he went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews.G1161G2658G1519G2181G2548G2641G847G1161G846G1525G1519G4864G1256G245320They asked him to stay longer, but he declined.G1161G846G2065G3306G1909G4119G5550G3844G846G1962G375621As he left, however, he said, "I will come back laterc, God willing." Then he set sail from Ephesus.G235G657G846G657G2036G3165G1163G3843G4160G1859G2064G1519G2414G1161G344G3825G4314G5209G2316G2309G2532G321G575G218122The next stop was at the port of Caesarea. From there he went up and visited the church at Jerusalemc and then went back to Antioch.G2532G2718G1519G2542G305G2532G782G1577G2597G1519G49023After spending some time in Antioch, Paul went back through Galatia and Phrygia, visiting and strengthening all the believersc.G2532G4160G5100G5550G1831G1330G5561G1054G2532G5435G2517G1991G3956G3101

Apollos Instructed at Ephesus

24Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt.G1161G5100G2453G3686G625G1085G221G3052G435G5607G1415G1722G1124G2658G1519G218125He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spiritc and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John's baptism.G3778G2258G2727G3598G2962G2532G2204G4151G2980G2532G1321G199G4012G2962G1987G3440G908G249126When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.G5037G3778G756G3955G1722G4864G846G1161G207G2532G4252G191G4355G846G2532G1620G846G3598G2316G19727Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God's grace, had believed.G1161G846G1014G1330G1519G882G80G1125G4389G3101G588G846G3739G3854G4820G4183G4100G1223G548528He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.G1063G2159G1246G2453G1219G1925G1223G1124G2424G1511G5547


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