One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, â€œDo not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people.â€ He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Â But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal. They said, â€œThis man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.â€ Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, â€œIf it were a matter of crime or serious villainy, I would be justified in accepting the complaint of you Jews; but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I do not wish to be a judge of these matters.â€ And he dismissed them from the tribunal. Then all of them seized Sosthenes, the official of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of these things.
Â After staying there for a considerable time, Paul said farewell to the believers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, for he was under a vow.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.