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Acts 18:9

    Acts 18:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not your peace:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the Lord said unto Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the Lord said to Paul in the night, in a vision, Have no fear and go on preaching:

    Webster's Revision

    And the Lord said unto Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace:

    World English Bible

    The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, "Don't be afraid, but speak and don't be silent;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the Lord said unto Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 18:9

    Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision - It is likely that Paul was at this time much discouraged by the violent opposition of the Jews, and probably was in danger of his life; see Acts 18:10; and might have been entertaining serious thoughts of ceasing to preach, or leaving Corinth. To prevent this, and comfort him, God was pleased to give him this vision.

    Be not afraid - That this comfort and assurance were necessary himself shows us in his first epistle to these Corinthians, Acts 2:3 : I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 18:9

    By a vision - Compare the notes on Acts 9:10; Acts 16:9.

    Be not afraid - Perhaps Paul might have been intimidated by the learning, refinement, and splendor of Corinth; perhaps embarrassed in view of his duty of addressing the rich, the polite, and the great. To this he may allude in 1 Corinthians 2:3; "And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling." In such circumstances it pleased God to meet him, and disarm his fears. This he did by assuring him of success. The fact that God had much people in that city Acts 18:10 was employed to remove his apprehensions. The prospect of success in the ministry, and the certainty of the presence of God, will take away the fear of the rich, the learned, and the great.