Acts 10:47

“Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Can any man forbid water, that these should not bee baptized, which haue receiued the holy Ghost, as well as wee?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we {did,} can he?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Will any man say that these may not have baptism who have been given the Holy Spirit as we have?
- Basic English Bible

Can any one forbid water that these should not be baptised, who have received the Holy Spirit as we also [did]?
- Darby Bible

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
- Webster's Bible

Can any one forbid the use of water, and object to these persons being baptized--men who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?
- Weymouth Bible

Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should not be baptized?
- World English Bible

Thanne Petre answeride, Whether ony man may forbede watir, that these ben not baptisid, that han also resseyued the Hooli Goost as we?
- Wycliffe Bible

Then answered Peter, `The water is any one able to forbid, that these may not be baptized, who the Holy Spirit did receive -- even as also we?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 10:47


10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost? - He does not say they have the baptism of the Spirit; therefore they do not need baptism with water. But just the contrary: if they have received the Spirit, then baptize them with water. How easily is this question decided, if we will take the word of God for our rule! Either men have received the Holy Ghost or not. If they have not, Repent, saith God, and be baptized, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. If they have, if they are already baptized with the Holy Ghost, then who can forbid water?


People's Bible Notes for Acts 10:47


Ac 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized? Peter's scruples were overcome. He was now satisfied that the gospel was for Gentiles as well as Jews. God had made no difference in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He asks his Jewish brethren if any man can give a reason why they should not be baptized. Wesley says: ``How easily is the question decided if we take the word of God for our rule. Either men have received the Holy Spirit, or not. If they have not, then "Repent", saith God, "and be baptized, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Ac 2:38). If they have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, then "who can forbid water"?''

Discussion for Acts 10

  • Ray321
    1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints Thank Lord for your Word that is not confusing.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    God, not being One of confusion, showed Peter and Cornelius, similar visions at different times and in different locations. He brought the two together and there was a mighty outpouring of the Holy Ghost, followed by water baptism. A lesson here is the power of fasting- both Cornelius and Peter were fasting when they had their visions. A second lesson is to be able to heed God's Word.
  • Ray321
    Acts 10 :13-14 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter kill, and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. Now Peter is used to following the Old Testament Law. But God is making changes in the book of Act's. God told Peter that he can now eat meat. The book of Act's in a transitional Book, there are many changes happening.
  • Evangelist Andrew Kelly
    Disciple: Jesus already fulfilled the law. He died and arose again from the dead. You are out of context. Luke 24:44] And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
  • A disciple
    Ray; Jesus didn't come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; but to accomplish! There is nothing in the New Testament to indicate that there was a different Moshiach or a new religion; like many purport. But what we learn from ALL the Apostles, is that "this same Jesus whom I preach to you IS Christ." Remember when the Lord walked with the two disciples to Emmaus in Luke 24? He expounded all of it!
  • Ray321
    Acts 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter kill, and eat. Peter was stuck in the Old Testament teaching of the Messiah. This is where Paul starts to take over later in the chapters. Paul will heal more others and have the Holy Ghost longer. There is a reason for that, only God knows.

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