Modern Literal Version
[Acts 18]

     {52-53 AD. Paul at Corinth in Greece.}

     18:1 Now after these things, Paul, having departed from Athens, came to Corinth. 18:2 And he found a certain Jew, Aquila by name, and his wife Priscilla, a man of Pontus by race, who recently had come from Italy because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart out of Rome. He came to them 18:3 also because he was of the same craft. He was remaining and working beside them, for*they were tent makers, by the craft. 18:4 Now he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and was persuading Jews and Greeks.

     18:5 Now as Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was being troubled in the spirit, thoroughly testifying to the Jews: the Christ Jesus. 18:6 Now while they were resisting us and blaspheming God, he shook-off his garment and said to them, YourĎ blood is upon yourĎ own heads. I am clean. I will be traveling to the Gentiles from hereafter. 18:7 And he proceeded from there and went into the house of a certain man, Justus by name, one who worshiped God, whose house was adjoining to the synagogue.

          {Examples of those who were saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18.}

     18:8 Now Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord together with his whole house{1Co 1:14}.

     And many of the Corinthians hearing, were believing and were being immersed*.

     18:9 Now the Lord said to Paul through a vision in the night, Do not be afraid, but speak out and do not be silent, 18:10because I am with you and no one will be laying a hand on you to mistreat you, because there are many people in this city believing in me.18:11 And he stuck-around there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

     {Paul's First & Second Letters to the Thessalonians are written.}

     18:12 Now Gallio being proconsul of Achaia, the Jews stood up united against Paul and led him in front of the judicial-seat, 18:13 saying, This one is persuading men to worship God contrary to the law. 18:14 But when* Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, Therefore if it was indeed some wrongdoing or evil villainy, O youĎ Jews, I might tolerate youĎ according to reason. 18:15But if there are debates concerning words and names and law which is according to youĎ, youĎ will see to it yourselves; for* I am not willing to be a judge of these things. 18:16 And he drove them away from the judicial-seat. 18:17 Now all the Greeks grabbed Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and were beating him before the judicial-seat. And Gallio was not about to judge anything. 18:18 But Paul, having remained after this still a considerable number of days, bid farewell to the brethren.

     {Sept., 54 AD. Paul leaves Europe toward Antioch. Claudius dies; Nero becomes Emperor at Rome in Oct.}

     Now he sailed away to Syria, and together with him was Priscilla and Aquila; having sheared his head in Cenchreae; for* he had a vow. 18:19 Now they arrived in Ephesus and he left them there*, and having entered into the synagogue, he reasoned with the Jews. 18:20 Now they were requesting him to remain on for more time with them, he did not signal-agreement; 18:21 but he bid farewell to them, saying, It is certainly essential for me to make* the coming feast in Jerusalem but I will revisit to youĎ again, God willing. He set-sail away from Ephesus.

     18:22 And when* he came down into Caesarea, he went up and greeted the congregation* and went down into Antioch.

     {Late 54 AD. Paul's Third Missionary Journey. Josephus, age 16, starts his literary career.}

     18:23 And having spent some time there, he came out and went through the region of Galatia and afterwards Phrygia, further strengthening all the disciples.

     18:24 Now a certain Jew, Apollos by name, from Alexandria by birth, a cultured man, arrived in Ephesus, being mighty in the Scriptures. 18:25 This one was instructing people in the way of the Lord, and being zealous in his spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning the Lord, but only knowing the immersion* of John. 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. But when* Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him over to themselves and expounded to him the way of God more accurately. 18:27 Now while planning to go into Achaia, the brethren exhorted him and wrote to the disciples to accept him when* he came. He supported many who had believed through the favor of God; 18:28 for* he was thoroughly and intensely refuting the Jews in public, showing through the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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