Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: ACTS - Chapter 18


Paul founds the church of Corinth: and preaches at Ephesus, &c. Apollo goes to Corinth.

1 After *these things, departing from Athens, he came to Corinth.

2 And finding a certain Jew, named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had lately come from Italy, with Priscilla, his wife, (because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome) he came to them.

3 And because he was of the same trade, he remained with them, and wrought: (now they were tentmakers by trade.)

4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, introducing the name of the Lord Jesus, and he persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

5 And when Silas and Timothy were come from Macedonia, Paul was earnest in preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.

6 But they contradicting and blaspheming, shaking his garments, he said to them: Your blood be upon your own heads: I am clean: from henceforth I will go to the Gentiles.

7 And departing thence, he entered into the house of a certain man, named Titus Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined to the synagogue.

8 And Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his house: and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptized.

9 And the Lord said to Paul in the night, by a vision; Fear not, but speak; and hold not thy peace:

10 Because I am with thee: and no man shall set upon thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

11 And he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul, and brought him to the judgment-seat,

13 Saying: That this man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

14 And when Paul was beginning to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews: If it were some matter of injustice, or a heinous deed, ye Jews, I should with reason bear with you.

15 But if they be questions of a word, and of names, and of your law, look you to it: I will not be judge of such matters.

16 And he drove them from the judgment-seat.

17 And all laying hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, beat him before the judgment-seat: and Gallio cared for none of those things.

18 But Paul, when he had stayed yet many days, taking leave of the brethren, he sailed from thence into *Syria, (and with him Priscilla and Aquila,) **having shorn his head in Cenchra: for he had a vow.

19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there. But he himself entering into the synagogue, reasoned with the Jews.

20 And when they intreated him to make a longer stay, he consented not,

21 But taking his leave, and saying: I will return to you again, God willing, he departed from Ephesus.

22 And going down to Cęsarea, he went up, and saluted the church, and so came down to Antioch.

23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, passing in order through the country of Galatia and Phrygia, confirming all the disciples.

24 Now, a certain Jew, named Apollo, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus, one mighty in the Scriptures.

25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord: and being fervent in spirit, spoke, and taught diligently the things that are of Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John.

26 This man, therefore, began to speak boldly in the synagogue. Whom when Priscilla and Aquila had heard, they took him to them, and expounded more perfectly to him the way of the Lord.

27 And whereas he was desirous to go to Achaia, the brethren exhorting, wrote to the disciples to receive him. Who, when he was come, helped them much, who had believed.

28 For he with might convinced the Jews in public, shewing, by the Scriptures, Jesus to be the Christ.



1: about the year A.D. 52.

18: about the year A.D. 54. --- ** Numbers vi. 18.; Acts xxi. 24.