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Acts 18:24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Eloquent Apollos

24 A Jew named Apollos, a native Alexandrian, an eloquent man who was powerful in the use of the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus.

Acts 19:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Twelve Disciples of John the Baptist

19 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples

1 Corinthians 1:12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 What I am saying is this: Each of you says, “I’m with Paul,” or “I’m with Apollos,” or “I’m with Cephas,” or “I’m with Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:4-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

For whenever someone says, “I’m with Paul,” and another, “I’m with Apollos,” are you not unspiritual people?[a][b]

The Role of God’s Servants

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.


  1. 1 Corinthians 3:4 Other mss read are you not carnal
  2. 1 Corinthians 3:4 Lit not [just] human

1 Corinthians 3:22 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come—everything is yours,

1 Corinthians 4:6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Apostles’ Example of Humility

Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.”[a] The purpose is that none of you will be inflated with pride in favor of one person over another.


  1. 1 Corinthians 4:6 The words in quotation marks could = the OT, a Jewish maxim, or a popular proverb.

1 Corinthians 16:12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 About our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers, but he was not at all willing to come now. However, he will come when he has an opportunity.


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