18Â After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2Â There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3Â and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4Â Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
5Â When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6Â But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, â€œYour blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.â€
7Â Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 8Â Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
9Â One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision:â€œDo not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10Â For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.â€ 11Â So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
12Â While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. 13Â â€œThis man,â€ they charged, â€œis persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.â€
14Â Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, â€œIf you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 15Â But since it involves questions about words and names and your own lawâ€”settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.â€ 16Â So he drove them off. 17Â Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.
Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos
18Â Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.19Â They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.20Â When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21Â But as he left, he promised, â€œI will come back if it is Godâ€™s will.â€ Then he set sail from Ephesus.22Â When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.
23Â After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
24Â Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25Â He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26Â He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27Â When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28Â For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.