1 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he came across a Jew called Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife Priscilla, as Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul accosted them, 3 and as he belonged to the same trade he stayed with them and they all worked together. (They were workers in leather by trade.) 4 Every sabbath he argued in the synagogue, persuading both Jews and Greeks.
5 By the time Silas and Timotheus came south from Macedonia, Paul was engrossed in this preaching of the word, arguing to the Jews that the messiah was Jesus. 6 But as they opposed and abused him, he shook out his garments in protest, saying, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am not responsible! After this I will go to the Gentiles." 7 Then he removed to the house of a devout proselyte called Titus Justus, which adjoined the synagogue. 8 But Crispus the president of the synagogue believed in the Lord, as did all his household, and many of the Corinthians listened, believed, and were baptized.
9 And the Lord said to Paul in a vision by night, "Have no fear, speak on and never stop, 10 for I am with you, and no one shall attack and injure you; I have many people in this city." 11 So he settled there for a year and six months, teaching them the word of God.
12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia the Jews without exception rose against Paul and brought him up before the tribunal, 13 crying, "This fellow incites men to worship God contrary to the Law."
14 Paul was just on the point of opening his lips to reply, when Gallio said to the Jews, "If it had been a misdemeanour or wicked crime, there would be some reason in me listening to you,O Jews. 15 But as these are merely questions of words and persons and your own Law, you can attend to them for yourselves. I decline to adjudicate upon matters like that." 16 And he drove them from the tribunal. 17 Then all [the Greeks] caught hold of Sosthenes the president of the synagogue and beat him in front of the tribunal; but Gallio took no notice.
18 After waiting on for a number of days Paul said goodbye to the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. (As the latter was under a vow, he had his head shaved at Cenchreae.) 19 When they reached Ephesus, Paul left them there. He went to the synagogue and argued with the Jews, 20 who asked him to stay for a while. But he would not consent; 21 he said goodbye to them, telling them, "I will come back to you, if it is the will of God." Then, sailing from Ephesus,
22 he reached Caesarea, went up to the capital to salute the church, and travelled down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there he went off on a journey right through the country of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening the disciples.
24 There came to Ephesus a Jew called Apollos, who was a native of Alexandria, a man of culture, strong in his knowledge of the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and he preached and taught about Jesus with ardour and accuracy, though all the baptism he knew was that of John. 26 In the synagogue he was very outspoken at first; but when Aquila and Priscilla listened to him, they took him home and explained more accurately to him what the Way of God really meant. 27 As he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers wrote and urged the disciples there to give him a welcome. And on his arrival he proved of great service to those who by God's grace had believed, 28 for he publicly refuted the Jews with might and main, showing from the scriptures that the messiah was Jesus.