Paul in Corinth

18 After these events Paul left (A)Athens and went to (B)Corinth. And he found a Jew named (C)Aquila, a native of (D)Pontus having recently come from (E)Italy with his wife (F)Priscilla, because (G)Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them, and (H)they worked together, for they were tent-makers by trade. And Paul was reasoning (I)in the synagogue every (J)Sabbath and trying to persuade (K)Jews and Greeks.

But when (L)Silas and Timothy (M)came down from (N)Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, (O)testifying to the Jews that (P)Jesus was the [a]Christ. But when they resisted and blasphemed, he (Q)shook out his garments and said to them, “Your (R)blood is [b]on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go (S)to the Gentiles.” Then he left [c]the synagogue and went to the house of a man named [d]Titius Justus, (T)a worshiper of God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. (U)Crispus, (V)the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord (W)together with his entire household; and many of the (X)Corinthians, as they listened to Paul, were believing and being baptized. And the Lord said to Paul by (Y)a vision at night, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he settled there for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 But while Gallio was (Z)proconsul of (AA)Achaia, (AB)the Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him before (AC)the [e]judgment seat, 13 saying, “This man is inciting the people to worship God contrary to (AD)the [f]law.” 14 But when Paul was about to (AE)open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or vicious, unscrupulous act, O Jews, it would be reasonable for me to put up with you; 15 but if there are [g](AF)questions about [h]teaching and [i]persons and your own law, see to it yourselves; I am unwilling to be a judge of these matters.” 16 And he drove them away from (AG)the [j]judgment seat. 17 But they all took hold of (AH)Sosthenes, (AI)the leader of the synagogue, and began beating him in front of (AJ)the judgment seat. And yet Gallio was not concerned about any of these things.

18 Now Paul, when he had remained many days longer, (AK)took leave of (AL)the brothers and sisters and sailed away to (AM)Syria, and (AN)Priscilla and (AO)Aquila were with him. [k]Paul first (AP)had his hair cut at (AQ)Cenchrea, for he was keeping a vow. 19 They came to (AR)Ephesus, and he left them there. Now he himself entered (AS)the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer time, he did not consent, 21 but (AT)took leave of them and said, “I will return to you again (AU)if God wills,” and he set sail from (AV)Ephesus.

22 When he had landed in (AW)Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church, and went down to (AX)Antioch.

Third Missionary Journey

23 And after spending some time there, he left and passed successively through the (AY)Galatian region and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

24 Now a Jew named (AZ)Apollos, an (BA)Alexandrian by birth, [l]an eloquent man, came to (BB)Ephesus; and he was proficient in the Scriptures. 25 This man had been instructed in (BC)the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was accurately speaking and teaching things about Jesus, being acquainted only with (BD)the baptism of John; 26 and [m]he began speaking boldly in the synagogue. But when (BE)Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained (BF)the way of God more accurately to him. 27 And when he wanted to go across to (BG)Achaia, (BH)the brothers encouraged him and wrote to (BI)the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly [n]helped those who had believed through grace, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating (BJ)by the Scriptures that (BK)Jesus was the [o]Christ.

Paul in Ephesus

19 Now it happened that while (BL)Apollos was in (BM)Corinth, Paul passed through the (BN)upper country and came to (BO)Ephesus, and found some disciples. He said to them, “(BP)Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “On the contrary, (BQ)we have not even heard if there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “(BR)Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “(BS)John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people (BT)to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were (BU)baptized [p]in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had (BV)laid hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they began (BW)speaking with tongues and (BX)prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.

And he entered (BY)the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, having discussions and persuading them (BZ)about the kingdom of God. But when (CA)some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of [q](CB)the Way before the [r]people, he withdrew from them and took (CC)the disciples away with him, and had discussions daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 This took place for (CD)two years, so that all who lived in [s](CE)Asia heard (CF)the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

Miracles at Ephesus

11 God was performing (CG)extraordinary [t]miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 (CH)so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and (CI)the evil spirits went out. 13 But also some of the Jewish (CJ)exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to [u]use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had the evil spirits, saying, “I order you in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches!” 14 Now there were seven sons of [v]Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, doing this. 15 But the evil spirit responded and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know of Paul, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit, pounced on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all who lived in (CK)Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. 18 Also many of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. 19 And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they added up the prices of [w]the books and found it to be fifty thousand [x](CL)pieces of silver. 20 So [y](CM)the word of the Lord (CN)was growing and prevailing mightily.

21 Now after these things were finished, Paul resolved in [z]the Spirit to (CO)go to Jerusalem (CP)after he had passed through (CQ)Macedonia and (CR)Achaia, saying, “After I have been there, (CS)I must also see Rome.” 22 And after he sent into (CT)Macedonia two of (CU)those who assisted him, (CV)Timothy and (CW)Erastus, he himself stayed in [aa](CX)Asia for a while.

23 About that time [ab]a major disturbance occurred in regard to [ac](CY)the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of [ad]Artemis, (CZ)was bringing [ae]considerable [af]business to the craftsmen; 25 he gathered these men together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity [ag]depends upon this business. 26 You see and hear that not only in (DA)Ephesus, but in almost all of [ah](DB)Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that [ai](DC)gods made by hands are not gods at all. 27 Not only is there danger that this trade of ours will fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess [aj]Artemis will be regarded as worthless, and that she whom all of [ak](DD)Asia and (DE)the [al]world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence.”

28 When they heard this and were filled with rage, they began shouting, saying, “Great is [am]Artemis of the (DF)Ephesians!” 29 The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging along (DG)Gaius and (DH)Aristarchus, Paul’s (DI)Macedonian traveling (DJ)companions. 30 And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, (DK)the disciples would not let him. 31 Also some of the [an]Asiarchs who were friends of his sent word to him and repeatedly urged him not to [ao]venture into the theater. 32 (DL)So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the [ap]assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know [aq]for what reason they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd [ar]concluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having (DM)motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the assembly. 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, “Great is [as]Artemis of the Ephesians!”

35 After quieting the crowd, the town clerk *said, “Men of (DN)Ephesus, what person is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great [at]Artemis and of the image which fell down from [au]the sky? 36 So, since these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash. 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither (DO)temple robbers nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are in session and [av](DP)proconsuls are available; have them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the [aw]lawful [ax]assembly. 40 For indeed, we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with today’s events, since there is no real reason for it, and in this connection we will be unable to account for this disorderly gathering.” 41 After saying this he dismissed the [ay]assembly.


  1. Acts 18:5 I.e., Messiah
  2. Acts 18:6 I.e., the responsibility is all yours
  3. Acts 18:7 Lit from there
  4. Acts 18:7 One early ms Titus
  5. Acts 18:12 Or tribunal
  6. Acts 18:13 Or Law
  7. Acts 18:15 Or arguments
  8. Acts 18:15 Lit word
  9. Acts 18:15 Lit names
  10. Acts 18:16 Or tribunal
  11. Acts 18:18 Lit Having had his hair cut
  12. Acts 18:24 Or a learned man
  13. Acts 18:26 Lit this man
  14. Acts 18:27 Or helped greatly through grace those who had believed
  15. Acts 18:28 I.e., Messiah
  16. Acts 19:5 Lit into
  17. Acts 19:9 See John 14:6
  18. Acts 19:9 Lit multitude
  19. Acts 19:10 I.e., west coast province of Asia Minor
  20. Acts 19:11 Or works of power
  21. Acts 19:13 I.e., as an incantation
  22. Acts 19:14 Lit some Sceva
  23. Acts 19:19 Lit them
  24. Acts 19:19 Prob. Greek drachmas; a drachma was a day’s wages for a laborer
  25. Acts 19:20 Or according to the power of the Lord the word was growing
  26. Acts 19:21 Or his spirit
  27. Acts 19:22 I.e., west coast province of Asia Minor
  28. Acts 19:23 Lit no small
  29. Acts 19:23 See John 14:6
  30. Acts 19:24 Lat Diana
  31. Acts 19:24 Lit no little
  32. Acts 19:24 Or profit
  33. Acts 19:25 Lit is from
  34. Acts 19:26 See note v 22
  35. Acts 19:26 Lit those
  36. Acts 19:27 Lat Diana
  37. Acts 19:27 See note v 22
  38. Acts 19:27 Lit the inhabited earth
  39. Acts 19:28 Lat Diana
  40. Acts 19:31 I.e., political or religious officials of the province of Asia
  41. Acts 19:31 Lit give himself
  42. Acts 19:32 Gr ekklesia
  43. Acts 19:32 Or on whose account
  44. Acts 19:33 Or advised Alexander
  45. Acts 19:34 Lat Diana
  46. Acts 19:35 Lat Diana
  47. Acts 19:35 Lit Zeus; Lat Jupiter
  48. Acts 19:38 Or provincial governors
  49. Acts 19:39 Or regular
  50. Acts 19:39 Gr ekklesia
  51. Acts 19:41 Gr ekklesia

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