PAUL AT CORINTH
Acts xviii: 1 to 22
AUL went from Athens to Corinth, another city in the land
of Greece. He was alone, for his fellow-workers, Silas
and Timothy, had not yet come from Thessalonica. But
in Corinth, Paul met people who soon became his dear
friends. They were a man named Aquila and his wife
Priscilla, who had lately come from Rome to Corinth.
Every Jew in those times was taught some trade, and
Paul's trade was the weaving of a rough cloth used for
making tents. It happened that Aquila and Priscilla
were tent-makers also, and so Paul went to live in
their house, and they worked together at making tents.
 On the Sabbath-days Paul went into the synagogue, and
there preached the gospel and talked about Christ with
the Jews and also with the Greeks who worshipped God in
the synagogue. Some believed Paul's words, and some
refused to believe, but opposed Paul, and spoke against
him. After a time Silas and Timothy came from
Thessalonica to meet Paul. They brought to him word
about the church at Thessalonica, and some questions
that were troubling the believers there. To answer
these questions, Paul wrote from Corinth two letters,
which you can read in the New Testament. They are
called "The First Epistle to the Thessalonians," and
"The Second Epistle to the Thessalonians." These two
letters are the earliest of Paul's writings that have
been kept. We do not know that Paul wrote any letters
to churches earlier than these; but if he did write
any, the letters have been lost.
Now that Silas and Timothy, as well as Aquila and
Priscilla, were with Paul, he was no more alone, and he
began to preach even more earnestly than before,
telling the Jews that Jesus was the Christ of God.
When he found that the Jews would not listen, but spoke
evil words against him and against Christ, Paul shook
out his garment, as though he were shaking dust from
it, and he said to the Jews, "Your blood shall be upon
your own heads, not on me; I am free from sin, for I
have given you the gospel, and you will not hear it.
From this time I will cease speaking to you and will go
to the Gentiles."
And Paul went out of the synagogue, and with him went
those who believed in Jesus. He found a house near to
the synagogue belonging to a man named Titus Justus, a
Gentile who worshipped God, and in that house Paul
preached the gospel to all who came, both Jews and
Gentiles. Many who heard believed in Christ, and
 were baptized; and among them was a Jew named Crispus,
who had been the chief ruler of the synagogue. But
most of those who joined the Church of Christ in
Corinth were not Jews, but Gentiles, men and women who
turned to God from idols. One night the Lord came to
Paul in a vision, and said to him, "Paul, do not be
afraid; but speak and do not hold thy peace. I am with
thee, and no one shall come against thee to do thee
harm; for I have many people in this city."
And Paul stayed in Corinth a year and six months,
teaching the word of God. After a time the Jews in a
great crowd rushed upon Paul, and seized him, and
brought him into the court before the Roman governor,
"This man is persuading people to worship God in a way
forbidden by the law."
Paul was just opening his mouth to speak in answer to
this charge when Gallio, the governor, spoke to the
Jews, "O ye Jews, if this were a matter of wrongdoing
or of wickedness, I would listen to you. But if these
are questions about words, and names, and your law,
look after it yourselves, for I will not be a judge of
such things." And Gallio drove all the Jews out of his
court. Then some of the Greeks seized Sosthenes, who
was the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him
before the judge's seat in the court-room. But Gallio
did not care for any of these things; for he thought it
was a quarrel over small matters.
After staying many days Paul took leave of the brethren
in the church at Corinth, and sailed away in a ship
across the Ægean Sea to Ephesus, which was a great
city in Asia Minor. With Paul were his friends Aquila
and Priscilla. At Ephesus, Paul went into the
synagogue of the Jews and talked with them about the
gospel and about Christ. He could stay only for a
little while, although they asked him to remain longer;
but he said, "I must go away now; but if it be the
will of God, I will come again to you."
And he set sail from Ephesus, but left Aquila and
Priscilla there until he should return. Paul sailed
over the Great Sea to Caesarea, in the land of Judea.
At that place he landed, and from thence went up to
Jerusalem, and visited the mother-church. Then he
journeyed back to Antioch, the city from which he had
And this was the end of Paul's second journey among the
Gentiles preaching the gospel.