Acts 22:16

“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And now, why tariest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sinnes, calling on the name of the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'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

  • Kevin
    Paul who was chosen of God to bring the gospel of salvation to the Gentiles was a ROMAN !
  • 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.
  • Anne
    Paul had great zeal in persecuting the Christians but God turned it around and he became a zealot for the teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Is 'nt God Awesome? He can do anything.
  • Lillie
    paul was a murderer of gods people, but on his way to damascus jesus caused blindness to come upon him and spoke to him out of the light from heaven to stop persecuteing him only then did he paul accept jesus christ after his sight returned. why is it that something bad have to happen to you before you believe in god, god is real and just and faithful we should always give praises to him and continue to spread his word to everyone we meet. all of our blessings comes from the lord which made heaven and earth. praise the lord god always amen.
  • Tommy
    Paul was holding their coats while the were killing Stephen.It means he gave aid to them and was just as guilty as they were. Have a blessed day. Acts ch 22 verse.
  • Prophet
    Paul is driven to do his job as a Roman he followed the Law to the letter. To even stand-by and participate in the stoning of Stephen the Apostle. He did not know The Christ-he ask; "Who are you, Lord?" This is the same question, we ask today. So in his infinite Wisdom The Christ chose Paul-knowing he would do all he was asked to do in His Name. When you hear His Voice; DO as Saul has show us; be driven to share the message of The Christ with all the spiritually 'blind and lost' of our generation.

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