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Acts 18

Acts 18:1 After these thynges, Paul departed fro Athens, & came to Corinth, Acts 18:2 And found a certaine Iewe, named Aquila, borne in Ponthus, lately come fro Italie with his wyfe Priscilla (because that Claudius had commaunded all Iewes to depart from Rome) and he came vnto them.

Paul laboureth with his hands, and preacheth at Corinth to the Gentiles.

Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought (for their craft was to make tentes) Acts 18:4 And he disputed in the synagogue euery Sabboth, and exhorted the Iewes and the Grekes. Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come fro Macedonia, Paul was constrayned by the spirite to testifie to the Iewes that Iesus was Christe. Acts 18:6 And when they sayde contrary, and blasphemed, he shoke his rayment, & said vnto them: Your blood be vpon your owne heades. From hencefoorth wyll I go blamelesse vnto the gentiles.

Acts 18:7 And he departed thence, and entred into a certaine mans house, named Iustus, a worshipper of God, whose house ioyned harde to the synagogue. Acts 18:8 And one Crispus the chiefe ruler of the synagogue beleued on the Lorde, with all his housholde: and many of the Corinthians hearyng, beleued, and were baptized.

The Lord encourageth him in a vision.

Acts 18:9 Then spake the Lorde to Paul in the nyght by a vision: Be not afrayde, but speake, and holde not thy peace: Acts 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shal inuade thee to hurt thee. For I haue much people in this citie. Acts 18:11 And he continued there a yere and sixe monethes, and taught the word of God among them.

He is accused before Gallio the deputy, but is dismissed.

Acts 18:12 And when Gallio was the deputie of Achaia, the Iewes made insurrection with one accord against Paul, & brought hym to the iudgement seate, Acts 18:13 Saying: This felow counselleth men to worship God contrary to the lawe. Acts 18:14 And when Paul nowe was about to open his mouth, Gallio sayde vnto the Iewes: Yf it were a matter of wrong, or an euyll deede, O ye Iewes, reason woulde that I shoulde beare with you: Acts 18:15 But yf it be a question of wordes and names, or of your lawe, loke ye to it your selues: for I wyll be no iudge of such matters. Acts 18:16 And he draue them fro the iudgement seate. Acts 18:17 Then all the Grekes toke Softenes the chiefe ruler of ye synagogue, & smote hym before the iudgement seate: And Gallio cared for none of those thinges.

Afterwards passing from city to city he strengtheneth the disciples.

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this, taried there yet a good whyle, and then toke his leaue of the brethren, & sayled thence into Syria, (Aquila & Priscilla accompanying him) And he shore his head in Cenchrea, for he had a vowe. Acts 18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and left the there, but he hym selfe entred into the synagogue, & reasoned with ye Iewes. Acts 18:20 When they desired him to tary longer tyme with them, he consented not: Acts 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must needes at this feast that commeth be in Hierusalem: but I wyll returne agayne vnto you yf God wyll. And he sayled from Ephesus. Acts 18:22 And whe he was come vnto Cesarea, and ascended vp & saluted the Churche, he went to Antioche. Acts 18:23 And whe he had taried there a while, he departed, and went ouer al the countrey of Galatia and Phrygia by order, strengthyng all the disciples.

Apollos, being more perfectly instructed by Aquila and Priscilla,

Acts 18:24 And a certaine Iewe, named Apollos, borne at Alexandria, came to Ephesus, an eloquent man, and myghtie in the scriptures. Acts 18:25 The same was infourmed in the way of the Lorde, and spake feruently in the spirite, & taught diligently the thynges of the Lorde, and knewe but the baptisme of Iohn only. Acts 18:26 And the same began to speake boldly in the synagogue. Whom when Aquila and Priscilla had hearde, they toke him vnto them, and expounded vnto him the way of God more perfectly. Acts 18:27 And when he was disposed to go into Achaia, the brethre wrote, exhorting the disciples to receaue hym: Which when he was come, helped them much which had beleued through grace.

preacheth Christ with great efficacy.

Acts 18:28 For he ouercame the Iewes myghtilye, and that openly, shewyng by the scriptures, that Iesus was Christe.

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