Acts 8:30

“And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him reade the Prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Philip, running up to him, saw that he was reading Isaiah the prophet, and said to him, Is the sense of what you are reading clear to you?
- Basic English Bible

And Philip, running up, heard him reading the prophet Esaias, and said, Dost thou then know what thou art reading of?
- Darby Bible

And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
- Webster's Bible

So Philip ran up and heard the eunuch reading the Prophet Isaiah. "Do you understand what you are reading?" he asked.
- Weymouth Bible

Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
- World English Bible

And Filip `ran to, and herde hym redynge Ysaie, the prophete. And he seide, Gessist thou, whether thou vndirstondist, what thingis thou redist?
- Wycliffe Bible

and Philip having run near, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, `Dost thou then know what thou dost read?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 8:30


8:30 And Philip running to him, said, Understandest thou what thou readest? - He did not begin about the weather, news, or the like. In speaking for God, we may frequently come to the point at once, without circumlocution.


Discussion for Acts 8

  • Ray321
    1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ
  • A disciple
    Psalms 119:73 "Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." Our God knows and understands all things; and His desire regarding us has always been, that as His children we should also. If there had been no sin in the beginning... but we never got a chance to learn how to be His children the way He had in mind when He created us, until JESUS!!!!
  • Ray321
    Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. God will teach a man if he his willing in his Heart.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The apostles are all fired up! The Holy Spirit is at work. We can also be fired up for Christ if we have the Holy Spirit. Money cannot buy it. We need to come pleading for it after salvation and sanctification. The Ethiopian eunuch's story tells us to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us when we are reading the Bible for proper interpretation.
  • Ray321
    Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. God sent Jesus to saved sinners like Saul. Praise the Lord.
  • A disciple
    "And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith." Why do so many try to separate the Christian of today from the Commonwealth of Israel and the Disciples in the beginning, and make things free, easy and automatic to us; that were given to them under strict conditions?

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