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Acts 18

 

 1 After (1) these things, Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth,

 

(1) The true ministers are so far from seeking their own profit, that they do willingly depart from their right, rather than the course of the Gospel should be hindered in the least wise that might be.

 

 2 And found a certain Jew named (*) Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, and his wife Priscilla (because that (a) (♣) Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome) and he came unto them.

 

(*) Romans 16:3 .

(a) Suetonius recordeth that Rome banished the Jews, because they were always at disquiet, and that by Christís means.

(♣) This was Claudius Caesar who then was Emperor.

 

 3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them and (*) wrought (for their craft was to make (♣) tents.)

 

(*) Thus he used wherever he came; but principally at Corinth because of the false Apostles which preached without wages to win the peopleís favor.

(♣) Or pavilions which then were made of skins.

 

 4  (2) And he disputed in the Synagogue every Sabbath day, and (b) exhorted the Jews, and the Grecians.

 

(2) The truth ought always to be freely uttered, yet notwithstanding the doctrine may be so moderated, as occasion of the profit that the people take thereby, shall require.
(b) Exhorted so that he persuaded, and so the word signifieth.

 

 5 Now when Silas and Timothy were come from Macedonia, Paul (c) (*) forced in spirit, testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

 

(c) Was very much grieved in mind; whereby is signified the great earnestness of his mind, which was greatly moved; for Paul was so zealous, that he clean forgot himself, and with a wonderful courage gave himself to preach Christ.

(*) And boiled with a certain zeal.

 

 6  (3) And when they resisted and blasphemed, he (*) shook his raiment, and said unto them, (♣) Your (d) blood be upon your own head; I am clean. From henceforth will I go unto the Gentiles.

 

(3) Although we have assayed all means possible, and yet in vain, we must not leave off from our work, but forsake the rebellious, and go to them that be more obedient.

(*) Acts 13:32; Matthew 16:14 .

(♣) Because they have none excuse, he deceiveth the vengeance of God against them through their own fault.
(d) This is a kind of speech taken from the Hebrews, whereby he meaneth, that the Jews are cause of their own destruction; and as for him, that he is without fault in forsaking them and going to other nations.

 

 7 So he departed thence, and entered into a certain manís house, named Justus, a worshipper of God, whose house joined hard to the Synagogue.

 

 8 And (*) Crispus the chief ruler of the Synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians hearing it, believed and were baptized.

 

(*) 1 Corinthians 1:14 .

 

 9  (4) Then said the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Fear not, but speak, and hold not thy peace.

 

(4) God doeth avouch and maintain the constancy of his servants.

 

 10 For (*) I am with thee, and no man shall lay hands on thee to hurt thee, for I have much people in this city.

 

(*) God promiseth him a special protection, whereby he would defend him from the violent rage of his enemies.

 

 11 So he (e) continued there a year and six months, and taught the word of God among them.

 

(e) Word for word, sat, whereupon they in former times took the name of their Bishop's seat; but Paul sat, that is, continued teaching the word of God; and this kind of seat belongeth nothing to them which never saw their seats with a mind to teach in them.

 

 12  ∂ (5) Now when Gallio was Deputy of (f) (*) Achaia, the Jews arose with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,

 

(5) The wicked are never weary of evil doing, but the Lord mocketh their endeavors marvelously.
(f) That is, of Greece, yet the Romans did not call him Deputy of Greece, but of Achaia, because the Romans brought the Grecians into subjection by the Achaians, which in those days were Princes of Greece, as Pausanias recordeth.

(*) Or, Greece.

 

 13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the (*) Law.

 

(*) They accused him because he transgressed the service of God appointed by the Law.

 

 14 And as Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong, or an evil deed, O ye Jews, I would according to (g) reason maintain you.

 

(g) As much as in right I could.

 

 15 But if it be a question of (h) words and (i) names, and of your Law, look ye to it yourselves; for I will be no judge of those things.

 

(h) As if a man have not spoken well, as the case of your religion standeth.
(i) For this profane man thinketh that the controversy of religion, is but a brawl about words, and for no matter of substance.

 

 16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.

 

 17 Then took all the Grecians (*) Sosthenes the chief ruler of the Synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio cared nothing for those things.

 

(*) Of whom is spoken in 1 Corinthians 1:1 .

 

 18  (6) But when Paul had tarried there yet a good while, he took leave of the brethren, and sailed into Syria (and with him Priscilla and Aquila) after that (k) he had (♣) shorn his head in (l) Cenchrea, for he had a (*) vow.

 

(6) Paul is made all to all, to win all to Christ.
(k) That is, Paul.

(♣) Paul did thus bear with the Jewsí infirmities which as yet were not sufficiently instructed.
(l) Cenchrea was a haven of the Corinthians.

(*) Numbers 6:18; Acts 21:24 .

 

 19 Then he came to Ephesus, and left them there, but he entered into the Synagogue and disputed with the Jews.

 

 20  (7) Who desired him to tarry a longer time with them, but he would not consent,

 

(7) The Apostles were carried about not by the will of man, but by the leading of the holy Ghost.

 

 21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must needs keep this feast that cometh, in Jerusalem, but I will return again unto you, (*) (m) if God will. So he sailed from Ephesus.

 

(*) 1 Corinthians 4:19; James 4:15 .

(m) So we should promise nothing without this clause, for we know not what the day following will bring forth.

 

 22  ∂ And when he came down to (*) Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem, and when he had saluted the Church, he went down unto Antioch.

 

(*) Called Caesarea Stratony.

 

 23 Now when he had tarried there a while, he departed, and went through the country of Galatia and Phrygia by order, strengthening all the disciples.

 

 24  (8) And a certain Jew named (*) Apollos, born at Alexandria, came to Ephesus, an eloquent man, and (n) mighty in the Scriptures.

 

(8) Apollos, a godly and learned man, refuseth not to profit in the school of a base and abject handicraftsman, and also of a woman; and so becometh and excellent minister of the Church.

(*) 1 Corinthians 1:12 .
(n) Very well instructed in the knowledge of the Scriptures.

 

 25 The same was (*) instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spake fervently in the Spirit, and taught diligently the things of the Lord, and knew but the (♣) baptism of John only.

 

(*) That is, was somewhat entered.

(♣) He had but as yet the first principles of Christís religion; and by baptism is here meant the doctrine.

 

 26 And he began to speak boldly in the Synagogue. Whom when (*) Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and (♣) expounded unto him the (o) (♠) way of God more perfectly.

 

(*) Romans 16:3 .

(♣) This great learned, and eloquent man disdained not to be taught of a poor craftsman.

(o) The way that leadeth to God.

(♠) The way to salvation.

 

 27 And when he was minded to go into Achaia, the brethren exhorting him, wrote to the disciples to receive him; and after he was come thither, he helped them much which had believed through (p) grace.

 

(p) Through God's gracious favor, or by those excellent gifts which God hath bestowed upon him.

 

 28 For mightily he confuted publicly the Jews, with great vehemency, shewing by the Scriptures, that Jesus was the Christ.

 

 

 

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