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The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 18:18-23

Retrospect. An interval in Paul's labors; how long cannot be known. Probably a needed rest; possibly connected with a vow. Employed in visiting Ephesus, sailing to Caesarea, his long fellowship with the Church there, repairing to Antioch and recounting his successes, for some time; and then revisiting the scene of his labors in Galatia and Phrygia. Thus it was a time of comparative bodily rest, of reflection and preparation for the future, and of confirmed intercourse and fellowship with... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Acts 18:18

And sailed thence into Syria - Or set sail for Syria. His design was to go to Jerusalem to the festival which was soon to occur, Acts 18:21.Having shorn his head - Many interpreters have supposed that this refers to Aquila, and not to Paul. But the connection evidently requires us to understand it of Paul, though the Greek construction does not with certainty determine to which it refers. The Vulgate refers it to Aquila, the Syriac to Paul.In Cenchrea - Cenchrea was the eastern port of Corinth.... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Acts 18:18

Acts 18:18. Paul after this After these tumultuous proceedings, and the opposition that was raised against him at Corinth by the Jews; tarried there yet a good while Greek, ημερας ικανας , many days, after the year and six months, mentioned Acts 18:11, to confirm the brethren. And then took his leave, and sailed into Syria That is, in order to return thither; and with him Priscilla and Aquila His two intimate friends; having shorn his head in Cenchrea Commentators are much... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Acts 18:18-22

Return to Antioch (18:18-22)Paul then prepared to return home. At Cenchreae, from where the ship sailed, he fulfilled a vow (probably a Nazirite vow; see Numbers 6:1-21) which for some reason he had taken upon himself (18). He sailed across to Ephesus where he stayed a short while. His preaching created much interest and probably resulted in the start of a church in that city. Then, leaving Aquila and Priscilla in Ephesus, he sailed for his home church in Antioch, though he hoped to return to... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Acts 18:18

tarried = stayed on. Greek. prosmeno. See note on Acts 11:23 . a good while = many days. took his leave = having taken leave. Greek. apotasso, to set apart. Mid. withdraw. In N.T. always in Mid. Voice. Here, Acts 18:21 .Mark 6:46 . Luke 9:61 ; Luke 14:33 . 2 Corinthians 2:13 . and sailed = sailed away. See note on Acts 15:39 . shorn . Greek. keiro. Occurs elsewhere, Acts 8:32 , and 1 Corinthians 11:6 . In the latter passage keiro, which means to "shear", and xurao, which means to... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Acts 18:18

And Paul, having tarried after this yet many days, took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila: having shorn his head in Cenchraea; for he had a vow.Yet many days ... The uncertainty of reckoning this in the eighteen months (Acts 18:11) has already been noted. It would seem that from the use of "but" at the beginning of Acts 18:12, the scene before Gallio was introduced retrospectively; and in that case, the "many days" of this place would be... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Acts 18:18

Acts 18:18. Paul after this tarried, &c.— The apostle, thus screened by Gallio, remained at Corinth a good while longer; so that his stay in that city was in all about two years. Considering his unwearied diligence, and that he did not use to stay long in any place, unless he had a prospect of success, we may reasonably suppose that he had gathered a large church there: and from St. Luke's account, and especially from St. Paul's second Epistle to the Corinthians, it appears, that most of... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Acts 18:18

18. Paul . . . tarried . . . yet a good while—During his long residence at Corinth, Paul planted other churches in Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1). then took . . . leave of the brethren, and sailed . . . into—rather, "for" Syria—to Antioch, the starting-point of all the missions to the Gentiles, which he feels to be for the present concluded. with him Priscilla and Aquila—In this order the names also occur in 2 Corinthians 1:1- : (according to the true reading); compare Romans 16:3; 2 Timothy 4:19,... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Acts 18:18

Paul stayed in Corinth and ministered quite a while after Gallio’s decision. Eventually he decided to return to Jerusalem for a brief visit. He departed by ship from the Corinthian port town of Cenchrea, seven miles southeast of Corinth, for Syria. Priscilla and Aquila accompanied him as far as Ephesus, where they remained (Acts 18:19). Luke did not record what Silas and Timothy did.". . . Paul set sail for Caesarea, giving as his reason for haste, according to the Western text, ’I must at all... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Acts 18:18-22

4. The beginning of ministry in Asia 18:18-22Paul had attempted to reach the province of Asia earlier (Acts 16:6). Now the Lord permitted him to go there but from the west rather than from the east. Luke recorded his initial contact in Ephesus in this section to set the scene for his ministry there when he returned from Syrian Antioch (ch. 19). read more

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