Acts 22:16

“And now, why tariest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sinnes, calling on the name of the Lord.”

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Other Translations

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
- King James Version

'Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And now, why are you waiting? get up, and have baptism, for the washing away of your sins, giving worship to his name.
- Basic English Bible

And now why lingerest thou? Arise and get baptised, and have thy sins washed away, calling on his name.
- Darby Bible

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

And now why delay? Rise, get yourself baptized, and wash off your sins, calling upon His name.'
- Weymouth Bible

Now why do you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'
- World English Bible

And now, what dwellist thou? Rise vp, and be baptisid, and waische awei thi synnes, bi the name of hym clepid to help.
- Wycliffe Bible

and now, why tarriest thou? having risen, baptize thyself, and wash away thy sins, calling upon the name of the Lord.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 22:16

22:16 Be baptized, and wash away thy sins - Baptism administered to real penitents, is both a means and seal of pardon. Nor did God ordinarily in the primitive Church bestow this on any, unless through this means.

People's Bible Notes for Acts 22:16

Ac 22:16 Arise, and be baptized. Dean Howson ("Acts", p. 501) says that the verb "baptize" in the Greek is in the middle voice, and that a more accurate rendering would be, "Have thyself baptized". Wash away thy sins. This language shows that Ananias thought that the penitent sinner was to be baptized for the remission of sins (Ac 2:38), and that Paul held the same view. Compare Tit 3:5. Hackett says: ``This clause states the result of baptism in language derived from the nature of the ordinance. It answers to "eis aphesin hamartion" (Ac 2:38), i.e., submit to the rite in order to be forgiven. . . . There can be no question of the mode of baptism in this case, for if it be held that "be baptized" is uncertain in its meaning, "wash away" is a definition that removes the doubt.'' As the final act of conversion, baptism symbolically, is said to wash away sins.

Discussion for Acts 22

  • Teri
    Sorry, but i don't think Paul had to "save" all the jews before he could be sent to the gentiles! In fact, the gospel accounts say that Peter was sent to the Jews, and Paul to the gentiles-GBU
  • Marlo
    I know this is all semantics, but a split occured early on in the Church as a result of the issue of baptism. Prior to Antioch, both Jew and Gentile who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ fellowshipped together. These Jews believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, but they were trying to lay the burden of circumcision upon the Gentiles for salvation. Paul had a very clear understanding of circumcision.
  • Ray321
    Acts 22:10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. Paul now believed that Jesus of Nazareth is God. Paul got saved, that's why Jesus instructed him. Praise the Lord.
  • Bruce
    thumper: And did he ever! He testified who he was,how he persecuted the believers.( Hitler of that day). How he meant The Savior on the road to Damascus. Oh to meet The Savior for a life change! A Great multitude which no man could number,of all nations and kindreds and people and Tongues, stood before The Throne and before the Lamb: Revelation 7:9. Celebration with no---------------------- end
  • Bible thumper
    Paul was a dark skinned Jew from the tribe of Benjamin...
    Acts 21:
    38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?
    39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
  • Patricia Zahler for verse 21
    Years of teachin Sunday morning and afternoon and evening had me perplexed by seeming contradictions. At age 37 my spiritual eyes were opened when I put my life into God's Hands. The loudest verse was The Great Commission, Matthew 28 19 and 20. There is a comma after nations, teaching themvti observe all things whatsoever I have COMMANDED you." What were the all things. Then Paul's message became clear. And backed up by the fact the apostles had not left Jerusalem after 15 years because every Jew had to be saved BEFORE they could take the message to the nations. See Acts 28:24-29.

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