18:1 After 1 these things Paul departed from Athens, and came
(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.
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.
18:42 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
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.
18:63 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.
18:94 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
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.
18:125 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
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
(g) As much as I rightly could.
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
(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
18:186 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.
18:207 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.
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
18:248 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria,
an eloquent man, [and] n mighty in the scriptures, came
(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
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.
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) Through God's gracious favour, or by those excellent
gifts which God had bestowed upon him.