|Acts 18 |
1 After this, Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth;
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla; (because Claudius had commanded all Jews to leave Rome;) and went to see them.
3 And because he was of the same trade, he stayed and worked with them, for they were tentmakers.
4 Now he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and the Greeks.
5 And when Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
6 But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook out his clothes against them and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean of it. For from this time forward I will go to the Gentiles."
7 And he left and entered into a certain man's house named Justus, whose house was next to the synagogue, who was a worshipper of God.
8 But Crispus, the leader of the synagogue believed on the Lord with all his household; and many of the Corinthians who heard, also believed and were baptized.
9 Then the Lord spoke to Paul at night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not be silent;
10 For I am with you, and no man will attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city."
11 So he continued there for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 But when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat,
13 Saying, "This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."
14 And when Paul was about to response, Gallio said to the Jews, "If this were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, it would be reasonable for me to bear with you;
15 But since it is a question of words and names and of your own law, see to it yourselves; for I will not be a judge of such matters."
16 And he drove them from the judgment seat.
17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio was not concerned about any of this.
18 After this Paul remained there for a good while, and then took his leave of the brothers and sailed into Syria with Priscilla and Aquila; having shaved his head in Cenchrea, for he had made a vow.
19 And he came to Ephesus and left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.
20 And when they asked him to stay longer with them, he did not consent;
21 But told them farewell, saying, "I must keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return to you again, if God is willing." And he sailed from Ephesus.
22 When he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch.
23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born in Alexandria, who was an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man had been taught in the way of the Lord; and being very enthusiastic, he spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him with them and explained the way of God more accurately to him.1
27 And when he wanted to go into Achaia, the brothers wrote and encouraged the disciples there to receive him; And when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace;
28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
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1 When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him with them and explained the way of God more accurately to him. Priscilla was a woman, who with her husband took Apollos, a man, aside and corrected a man. How could that be, when Paul said he did not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man? Paul was speaking about women who were still under the law, whose tongues were not yet controlled by the Spirit of the Lord. But a woman who is led by the Spirit of God is a Son of God, and male and female are one in Christ.
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