New International Reader's Version

Acts 18

Paul Goes to Corinth

1After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, who was a native of Pontus. Aquila had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla. The emperor Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see Aquila and Priscilla. They were tentmakers, just as he was. So he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath day he went to the synagogue. He was trying to get both Jews and Greeks to believe in the Lord.

Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia. Then Paul spent all his time preaching. He was a witness to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But they opposed Paul. They treated him badly. So he shook out his clothes in protest. Then he said to them, “God’s judgment against you will be your own fault! Don’t blame me for it! From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

Then Paul left the synagogue and went to the house next door. It was the house of Titius Justus, a man who worshiped God. Crispus was the synagogue leader. He and everyone living in his house came to believe in the Lord. Many others who lived in Corinth heard Paul. They too believed and were baptized.

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Keep on speaking. Don’t be silent. 10 I am with you. No one will attack you and harm you. I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half. He taught them God’s word.

12 At that time Gallio was governor of Achaia. The Jews of Corinth got together and attacked Paul. They brought him into court. 13 They made a charge against Paul. They said, “This man is talking people into worshiping God in wrong ways. Those ways are against the law.”

14 Paul was about to give reasons for his actions. But just then Gallio spoke to them. He said, “You Jews don’t claim that Paul has committed a great or small crime. If you did, it would make sense for me to listen to you. 15 But this is about your own law. It is a question of words and names. Settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” 16 So he made them leave. 17 Then the crowd there turned against Sosthenes, the synagogue leader. They beat him up in front of the governor. But Gallio didn’t care at all.

Priscilla and Aquila Teach Apollos

18 Paul stayed in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria. Priscilla and Aquila went with him. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae. He did this because he had made a promise to God. 19 They arrived at Ephesus. There Paul said goodbye to Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and talked with the Jews. 20 The Jews asked him to spend more time with them. But he said no. 21 As he left, he made them a promise. “If God wants me to,” he said, “I will come back.” Then he sailed from Ephesus. 22 When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem. There he greeted the church. He then went down to Antioch.

23 Paul spent some time in Antioch. Then he left and traveled all over Galatia and Phrygia. He gave strength to all the believers there.

24 At that time a Jew named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was an educated man from Alexandria. He knew the Scriptures very well. 25 Apollos had been taught the way of the Lord. He spoke with great power. He taught the truth about Jesus. But he only knew about John’s baptism. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. Priscilla and Aquila heard him. So they invited him to their home. There they gave him a better understanding of the way of God.

27 Apollos wanted to go to Achaia. The brothers and sisters agreed with him. They wrote to the believers there. They asked them to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who had become believers by God’s grace. 28 In public meetings, he argued strongly against Jews who disagreed with him. He proved from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

使徒行传 18

保罗在哥林多传道

1这事之后,保罗离开雅典前往哥林多, 在那里认识了一位在本都出生的犹太人亚居拉。由于克劳狄命令所有的犹太人离开罗马,他最近和妻子百基拉从意大利来到哥林多。保罗拜访了他们。 他们夫妇跟保罗是同行,都以制造帐篷为业,保罗就留下来和他们同住,一起做工。 保罗每个安息日都到会堂与犹太人和希腊人辩论,劝导他们信主。

西拉和提摩太从马其顿来了之后,保罗就把全部时间都用来传道,向犹太人证明耶稣是基督。 可是,犹太人反对、毁谤保罗。保罗便抖掉衣服上的灰尘,对他们说:“你们的罪都归在你们自己头上,与我无关!从今以后,我要去外族人那里了。” 保罗就离开那里,来到一位敬畏上帝、名叫提多·犹士都的人家里,他家就在会堂隔壁。 会堂主管基利司布和他全家都信了主,许多哥林多人听了道后,也信了主,受了洗。

一天晚上,主在异象中对保罗说:“不要怕,只管继续传讲,不要停! 10 因为我与你同在,没有人能够伤害你,在这城里还有许多属我的子民。” 11 保罗就在那里住了一年半,传授上帝的道。

12 迦流出任亚该亚总督时,犹太人联合起来攻击保罗,把他拉上法庭, 13 说:“这个人教唆百姓不按律法敬拜上帝。”

14 保罗刚要开口,迦流就对犹太人说:“你们这些犹太人!如果这事涉及什么罪行冤情,我当然会处理。 15 但如果只是关于字句、名称和你们犹太律法的争论,你们自己去解决吧,我不受理!” 16 随即把他们赶出了法庭。 17 到了庭外,众人揪住会堂主管所提尼,把他痛打一顿。迦流却置之不理。

保罗回到安提阿

18 保罗继续在哥林多逗留了相当时日,才向弟兄姊妹道别。他和百基拉、亚居拉乘船前往叙利亚。保罗因为许过愿,就在坚革哩剃了头发。 19 到了以弗所,保罗离开亚居拉夫妇,独自进入会堂跟犹太人辩论。 20 众人请保罗多留几天,保罗婉言谢绝了。 21 他向众人道别,说:“如果上帝许可,我会回来。”然后上船离开了以弗所。 22 他在凯撒利亚登岸后,先上耶路撒冷去问候教会,再下到安提阿。 23 他在安提阿逗留了一些日子,然后离开那里,走遍加拉太和弗吕迦地区,到处坚固门徒的信心。

亚波罗放胆传道

24 那时有一个生于亚历山大、名叫亚波罗的犹太人来到以弗所。他博学善辩,熟悉圣经。 25 他在主的道上曾受过栽培,心里火热,能正确地讲解和教导有关耶稣的事,但他只知道约翰的洗礼。 26 他在会堂里勇敢地讲道。百基拉和亚居拉听了以后,便请他到家里,将上帝的道更详细地告诉他。 27 亚波罗有意去亚该亚,以弗所的弟兄姊妹就鼓励他,并写信请当地的门徒接待他。亚波罗到了之后,带给当地蒙恩信主的人很大帮助。 28 他在公众面前有力地驳倒犹太人,引用圣经证明耶稣就是基督。