徒 Acts 18:1-4
1此后，保罗离开雅典，来到哥林多，2 遇见一个生在本都的犹太人，名叫亚居拉。因为革老丢下令所有的犹太人都要离开罗马，所以亚居拉最近同他的妻子百基拉从意大利来了，保罗就去找他们。3 他们是以做帐棚为业的，因为是同业，保罗就与他们同住，一同工作。4 每逢安息日，保罗在会堂辩论，劝导犹太人和希腊人归主。
1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
These verses tell us that Paul, before he came to Corinth, used to work with his hands—not for pleasure, but to earn his living. We do not know where he first learned his trade, but it seems from his own testimony that he worked mainly at Corinth. And he tells us the reason: the false apostles taught freely without taking anything, in order to insinuate themselves; and so, the holy man would not give way to them lest he should cause the Gospel of Christ to be spoken ill of. We may easily see from this passage that wherever he went, until he was fully occupied in teaching, he followed his trade in order to earn his living.