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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
And they saide, Beleeue on the Lord Iesus Christ, and thou shalt be saued, and thy house.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And they said, Have faith in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will have salvation.
- Basic English Bible
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.
- Darby Bible
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
- Webster's Bible
Believe on the Lord Jesus, they replied, "and both you and your household will be saved."
- Weymouth Bible
They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."
- World English Bible
And thei seiden, Bileue thou in the Lord Jhesu, and thou schalt be saaf, and thin hous.
- Wycliffe Bible
and they said, `Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved -- thou and thy house;'
- Youngs Literal Bible
16:31 Thou shalt be saved and thy household - If ye believe. They did so, and were saved.
Ac 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a heathen. Faith was the essential step. To Jews, on the day of Pentecost, already believing Peter's proposition, he said, in answer to the same question, "Repent and be baptized" (Ac 2:38); but the heathen jailer was not ready for this. Faith must first be wrought, and then that faith, leading to the acceptance of Christ, would save. His faith would save, because it would be the power that would lead him to follow Christ. And thy house. We learn from the next verse that "all that were in his house" could listen the "word of the Lord" (Ac 16:32), hence were not infants.
John Allcott's comment on 2014-10-30 19:33:32:
What did Paul mean? Three choices 1 It s a promise for everyone that if you believe in Jesus your entire household will be saved. But there have been many believers who have gone to Heaven while their family members have died in their sins. And how should we define household ? Family members only? What about co renters, guests, etc? I think 2 3 are better possibilities 2 Paul is prophesying that this one jailer s household will be saved if he gets saved. 3 Paul is saying that belief in the Lord Jesus is enough for anyone to be saved, whether it s the jailer or his household Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved this promise applies to you if you believe, and it applies to your household if they believe. We should use the Bible to interpret the Bible. Every important Bible doctrine is supported by more than one passage. There are many places that teach that every individual must decide to trust in Jesus. We do not find anywhere else in the Bible that faith in God will automatically be embraced by a believer s entire household. Most righteous kings of Israel Judah had ungodly sons. I don t teach this to add doubt to those of us who have unsaved family I think we all do . But I don t want anyone to be hurt by promises that don t come true because they re not really promises. People invent other promises from the Bible, such as God wants everyone to be rich, when they don t become rich, they get mad at God.
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