Acts 16:31

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Acts 16:31

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

Bible Commentary for Acts 16:31

Wesley's Notes for Acts 16:31


16:31 Thou shalt be saved and thy household - If ye believe. They did so, and were saved.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 16:31


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.

Discussion for Acts 16:31

  • Mr and Mrs James Lampela on Acts 16:31
    Hello,

    Does "your household" include family that no longer reside in your physical home?

    Thank you for clearing this up.
  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    Hello James.

    Acts 16:30-32: "And (the prison guard) brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house."

    In this verse, Paul was speaking about those who were living with the guard at his house only (v32). Yet, Paul qualifies that salvation can only come when the Gospel is firstly preached & there is a subsequent belief & acceptance of Christ as their (personal) Saviour. Some believe in "household salvation" whereby the saving of the head of the house, means the automatic salvation of his family as well. Verses cited to support this belief is: the above verse you gave, Acts 2:38, 39 & 1 Cor 7:14. Yet, salvation can only come after each person reaching the age of accountability before God, personally hears, believes & puts their faith in Christ for their salvation. Hence the work with children (e.g. Child Evangelism Fellowship & others) are so very important because even the little ones need to hear & receive Christ.

    So, even if one's family no longer resided in the family home & are not included in the meaning of verse 31, they are still personally responsible to respond to the Gospel as the Spirit of God moves them in that direction. I therefore understand Paul's instruction to the guard to mean that "not only you but also your whole family living with you can be saved by believing in Jesus".
  • WM - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    look a the passage went the angels are getting Lot out sodoma and gomorra
  • Thrush Spivey on Acts 16:31
    Can anyone provide April 6th 2020 verse of the day please?
  • Maria Concepcion M. Sesbreno on Acts 16:31
    Be the priest of our own home. Lets thanks him for his love and greatness.
  • MockingBird on Acts 16:31
    To believe is to commit. I believe on the Lord Jesus. Therefore I my house shall be saved .Praise God !!!


 

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