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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Acts 18:1-6

We do not find that Paul was much persecuted at Athens, nor that he was driven thence by any ill usage, as he was from those places where the Jews had or could make any interest; but this reception at Athens being cold, and little prospect of doing good there, he departed from Athens, leaving the care of those there who believed with Dionysius; and thence he came to Corinth, where he was now instrumental in planting a church that became on many accounts considerable. Corinth was the chief city... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 18:1-11

Its very position made Corinth ( Greek #2882 ) a key city of Greece. Greece is almost cut in two by the sea. On one side is the Saronic Gulf with its port of Cenchrea and on the other is the Corinthian Gulf with its port of Lechaeum. Between the two there is a neck of land less than five miles across and on that isthmus stood Corinth. All north and south traffic in Greece had to pass through Corinth because there was no other way, Men called her "The Bridge of Greece." But the voyage round... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Acts 18:1-11

18:1-11 After this Paul left Athens and came to Corinth. There he found a Jew called Aquila, who was a native of Pontus, but who had newly arrived from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had decreed that all Jews must leave Rome. Paul went in to these people, and, because they had the same craft as he had. he worked with them; for they were leather workers to trade. Every Sabbath he debated in the synagogue and he won over both Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Acts 18:6

And when they opposed themselves ,.... To the truth, and contradicted themselves in many instances, and their own prophecies; or those books which they themselves allowed to be the oracles of God, and blasphemed both Christ, and the apostle, and the doctrine which he taught; and railed at him, and spoke evil of him, and used him in a very contumelious and reproachful manner, as they were used from contradicting to go to blaspheming; see Acts 13:45 he shook his raiment ; his outer... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 18:6

When they opposed - Αντιτασσομενων , Systematically opposing, putting themselves in warlike order against him: so the word implies. And blasphemed - This is precisely the way in which they still act. They have no arguments against Jesus being the Messiah; but, having made a covenant with unbelief, as soon as they are pressed on this point, they rail and blaspheme. - See the Tela ignea Satanae, by Wagenseil. He shook his raiment - This was an action similar to that of shaking the... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Acts 18:6

Verse 6− 6.When they gainsayed. The Jews suffered Paul after a sort until he came unto the manifest preaching of Christ. And here brake out their rage. And we must note the speech, that they go from gainsaying unto blaspheming and railing. For it falleth out thus for the most part, when men take to themselves such liberty, that the devil doth inflame them by little and little unto greater madness. For which cause, we must take good heed that no wicked lust or desire provoke us to resist the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 18:1-11

Truth before the citadel. When the apostle of Jesus Christ confronted the heathenism of Corinth, we may say that, in his person, Divine truth was opening its attack on the very citadel of sin; such was its "abysmal profligacy," its intemperance, its dishonesty, its superstition. In the brief account we have of Paul's work in this city we are reminded— I. THAT CHRISTIAN BLAMELESSNESS SHOULD ANSWER TO THE DEPRAVITY IT ENCOUNTERS . ( Acts 18:3 .) At such a city as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 18:1-17

Paul at Corinth. I. HIS WORK AT CORINTH . 1. Its humble and self-denying beginning . ( Acts 18:1-4 .). 2. Courageous progress. ( Acts 18:5-8 .) When Timothy and Silas came, Paul, instead of throwing the work upon their shoulders, only redoubles his activity. How useful and how happy "the tie that binds" men's hearts in Christian love and work ( Philippians 2:22 )! tie continues to witness to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. The previous work in the synagogue... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 18:4-17

The testimony. The kernel of the gospel is the truth that Jesus was the Christ. He was the Person spoken of by all the prophets as to come. Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Mary, born in the reign of Augustus Caesar, and crucified in that of Tiberius; known to his contemporaries in Judaea and Galilee as a Teacher and a Prophet, known to later ages by the Gospels which record his life and death and resurrection from the dead; is God's Christ. He came into the world, in accordance with the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Acts 18:5-11

(or Acts 18:9 , Acts 18:10 ) Faithful ministry. I. THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN THE MESSENGER . 1. Testify by a special access of zeal in preaching the Word. Times when we should make unusual efforts to persuade men. We need to guard against monotony. The presence of sympathetic fellow-workers is a great encouragement and incitement. 2. Called out by the blaspheming opposition of unbelievers. If Christians knew what is said against Christ, they would not be so quiet... read more

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