Ac 18:1
18:1 After {1} these things Paul departed from Athens, and came
     to Corinth;

 (1) The true ministers are so far from seeking their own
     profit, that they willingly depart from what is rightfully
     theirs, rather than hindering the course of the Gospel in
     the slightest way.

Ac 18:2
18:2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus,
     lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because
     that {a} Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from
     Rome:) and came unto them.

     (a) Suetonius records that Rome banished the Jews because
         they were never at rest, and that because of Christ.

Ac 18:4
18:4 {2} And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and {b}
     persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

 (2) The truth ought always to be freely uttered, yet
     nonetheless the doctrine may be moderated in accordance
     with the hearers, so that they are most profited.
     (b) Exhorted so that he persuaded, and that is what the
         word signifies.

Ac 18:5
18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul
     {c} was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews
     [that] Jesus [was] Christ.

     (c) Was very much grieved in mind: by which is signified
         the great earnestness of his mind, which was greatly
         moved: for Paul was so zealous that he completely
         forgot himself, and with a wonderful courage gave
         himself to preach Christ.

Ac 18:6
18:6 {3} And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he
     shook [his] raiment, and said unto them, Your {d} blood
     [be] upon your own heads; I [am] clean: from henceforth I
     will go unto the Gentiles.

 (3) Although we have tried all possible means, and yet in vain,
     we must not stop our work, but forsake the rebellious, and
     go to those that are more obedient.
     (d) This is a type of speech taken from the Hebrews, by
         which he means that the Jews are the cause of their own
         destruction, and as for him, that he is without fault
         in forsaking them and going to other nations.

Ac 18:9
18:9 {4} Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision,
     Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:

 (4) God does confirm and maintain the steadfastness of his

Ac 18:11
18:11 And he {e} continued [there] a year and six months,
      teaching the word of God among them.

      (e) Literally, "sat", whereupon they in former time took
          the name of their bishop's seat: but Paul sat, that
          is, continued teaching the word of God: and this type
          of seat does not belong to those who never took their
          seats with a mind to teach in them.

Ac 18:12
18:12 {5} And when Gallio was the deputy of {f} Achaia, the Jews
      made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and
      brought him to the judgment seat,

 (5) The wicked are never weary of doing evil, but the Lord
     wonderfully mocks their endeavours.
     (f) That is, of Greece, yet the Romans did not call him
         deputy of Greece, but of Achaia, because the Romans
         brought the Greeks into subjection by the Achaians, who
         in those days were Princes of Greece, as Pausanias

Ac 18:14
18:14 And when Paul was now about to open [his] mouth, Gallio
      said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked
      lewdness, O [ye] Jews, {g} reason would that I should bear
      with you:

      (g) As much as I rightly could.

Ac 18:15
18:15 But if it be a question of {h} words and {i} names, and
      [of] your law, look ye [to it]; for I will be no judge of
      such [matters].

      (h) As if a man has not spoken well, as judged by your
      (i) For this profane man thinks that the controversy of
          religion is merely a fight about words, and over nothing

Ac 18:18
18:18 {6} And Paul [after this] tarried [there] yet a good
      while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed
      thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; {k}
      having shorn [his] head in {l} Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

 (6) Paul is made all to all, to win all to Christ.
     (k) That is, Paul.
     (l) Cenchrea was a haven of the Corinthians.

Ac 18:20
18:20 {7} When they desired [him] to tarry longer time with
      them, he consented not;

 (7) The apostles were carried about not by the will of man, but
     by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Ac 18:21
18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep
      this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return
      again unto you, {m} if God will. And he sailed from

      (m) So we should promise nothing without this clause, for
          we do not know what the following day will bring

Ac 18:24
18:24 {8} And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria,
      an eloquent man, [and] {n} mighty in the scriptures, came
      to Ephesus.

 (8) Apollos, a godly and learned man, does not refuse to profit
     in the school of a base and abject handicraftsman, and also
     of a woman: and so becomes and excellent minister of the
     (n) Very well instructed in the knowledge of the

Ac 18:26
18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when
      Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto [them],
      and expounded unto him the {o} way of God more perfectly.

      (o) The way that leads to God.

Ac 18:27
18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren
      wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when
      he was come, helped them much which had believed through
      {p} grace:

      (p) Through God's gracious favour, or by those excellent
          gifts which God had bestowed upon him.

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