Ministering at Corinth
1After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. 2And he found a certain Jew named #Rom. 16:3; 1 Cor. 16:19; 2 Tim. 4:19Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. 3So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them #Acts 20:34; 1 Cor. 4:12; 9:14; 2 Cor. 11:7; 12:13; 1 Thess. 2:9; 4:11; 2 Thess. 3:8and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. 4#Acts 17:2And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.
5#Acts 17:14, 15When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was #Acts 18:28compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. 6But #Acts 13:45when they opposed him and blasphemed, #Neh. 5:13; Matt. 10:14; Acts 13:51he shook his garments and said to them, #Lev. 20:9, 11, 12; 2 Sam. 1:16; 1 Kin. 2:33; Ezek. 18:13; 33:4, 6, 8; Matt. 27:25; Acts 20:26“Your blood be upon your own heads; #(Ezek. 3:18, 19)I am clean. #Acts 13:46–48; 28:28From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8#1 Cor. 1:14Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
9Now #Acts 23:11the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10#Jer. 1:18, 19for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” 11And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, 13saying, “This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.”
14And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. 15But if it is a #Acts 23:29; 25:19question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters.” 16And he drove them from the judgment seat. 17Then all the Greeks took #1 Cor. 1:1Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.
Paul Returns to Antioch
18So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. #Num. 6:2, 5, 9, 18; Acts 21:24He had his hair cut off at #Rom. 16:1Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow. 19And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, 21but took leave of them, saying, #Acts 19:21; 20:16“I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, #1 Cor. 4:19; Heb. 6:3; James 4:15God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
22And when he had landed at #Acts 8:40Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch. 23After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of #Gal. 1:2Galatia and Phrygia in order, #Acts 14:22; 15:32, 41strengthening all the disciples.
Ministry of Apollos
24#Acts 19:1; 1 Cor. 1:12; 3:4; 16:12; Titus 3:13Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being #Rom. 12:11fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, #(Matt. 3:1–11; Mark 1:7, 8; Luke 3:16, 17; 7:29; John 1:26, 33); Acts 19:3though he knew only the baptism of John. 26So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, #1 Cor. 3:6he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; 28for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, #Acts 9:22; 17:3; 18:5showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.