Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 18:1-17
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 18:1-17. These verses describe Paul’s work in the city of Corinth, tentmaking and preaching, and the fiasco when the Jews brought him to trial before Gallio.

Paul’s experiences in Corinth.

1 Paul Works as a Tentmaker in Corinth

Verses 1-3

¶ "Later on, Paul left Athens and came to Corinth. There Paul found a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus. Aquila and his wife Priscilla had recently moved from Italy to Corinth, because Claudius had deported all Jews from Rome. Paul came to live and work with Aquila and Priscilla because they were tent makers by trade and so was he." (Acts 18:1-3).

2 Paul Speaks in Synagogue —He is Opposed

Verses 4-6

¶ "Paul reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and tried to convince Jews and Greeks. But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was motivated all the more to bear witness to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. When the Jews opposed him and blasphemed, he shook out his clothing and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on, I will preach to the Gentiles!” " (Acts 18:4-6).

Verses 7-10

¶ "Paul quit the synagogue, and instead taught next door in the house of a certain man named Titius Justus, one who worshiped God. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household. Many of the Corinthians, when they heard, believed and were baptized. The Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don't be afraid, but speak and don't be silent. I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you. I have many people in this city.” " (Acts 18:7-10).

3 Paul Speaks at Gallio’s Court —Case Dismissed

Verses 11-13

¶ "Paul lived in Corinth for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among the people. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before Gallio’s judgment seat. They said, “This man persuades men to worship God in a manner contrary to the law.” " (Acts 18:11-13).

Verses 14-16

¶ But before Paul could open his mouth to reply, Gallio said to the Jews, “If indeed it were a matter of wrong, or of harmful crime, it would be reasonable, O Jews, that I should bear with you. However if your case is about questions of words and names and your own law, then look to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these matters.” So Gallio drove them from the judgment seat." (Acts 18:14-16).

Verse 17

¶ "Then all the Greeks laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. Gallio did not concern himself with any of these things." (Acts 18:17).