Acts 19:3

“And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said vnto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they saide, Unto Iohns Baptisme.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he said, "Into what then were you baptized? And they said, "Into John's baptism.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said, What sort of baptism did you have? And they said, The baptism of John.
- Basic English Bible

And he said, To what then were ye baptised? And they said, To the baptism of John.
- Darby Bible

And he said to them, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism.
- Webster's Bible

Into what then were you baptized? he asked. "Into John's baptism," they replied.
- Weymouth Bible

He said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism."
- World English Bible

And he seide, Therfor in what thing ben ye baptisid? And thei seiden, In the baptym of Joon.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he said unto them, `To what, then, were ye baptized?' and they said, `To John's baptism.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 19:3


19:3 Into what were ye baptized - Into what dispensation? To the sealing of what doctrine? Into John's baptism - We were baptized by John and believe what he taught.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 19:3


Ac 19:3 Unto what then were ye baptized? This question implies that the possession of the Holy Spirit is closely connected with a right baptism. Compare Ac 2:38. The only case in which the Spirit was received before baptism was that of Cornelius. For the reasons of this exception to the rule, see notes on Ac 10:44-47. The fact that these disciples "know nothing of the Holy Spirit being given" (Ac 19:2), showed that there was something wrong about their baptism. Unto John's baptism. While John's baptism differed from that commanded in Christ's commission (Mt 28:19), the apostles, the one hundred and twenty (Ac 1:15), and the "five hundred brethren" (1Co 15:6), as far as we know, received no other. We are to infer, therefore, that it was valid until Christ's baptism took its place. Why, then, were these disciples re-baptized? The only explanation is that their baptism took place after John's baptism had been superseded by that of Christ, or after the Savior had been crucified.

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