Acts 8:37

“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Acts 8:37

And Philip said, If thou beleeuest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered, and said, I beleeue that Iesus Christ is the Sonne of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

[And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.'
- American Standard Version (1901)

- Basic English Bible

- Darby Bible

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
- Webster's Bible

- Weymouth Bible

- World English Bible

And Filip seide, If thou bileuest of al the herte, it is leueful. And he answeride, and seide, Y bileue that Jhesu Crist is the sone of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

[And Philip said, `If thou dost believe out of all the heart, it is lawful;' and he answering said, `I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God;']
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Acts 8:37

Wesley's Notes for Acts 8:37

8:36 And as they went on the way they came to a certain water - Thus, even the circumstances of the journey were under the direction of God. The kingdom of God suits itself to external circumstances, without any violence, as air yields to all bodies, and yet pervades all. What hindereth me to be baptized? - Probably he had been circumcised: otherwise Cornelius would not have been the first fruits of the Gentiles.

8:38 And they both went down - Out of the chariot. It does not follow that he was baptized by immersion. The text neither affirms nor intimates any thing concerning it.

8:39 The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip - Carried him away with a miraculous swiftness, without any action or labour of his own. This had befallen several of the prophets.

People's Bible Notes for Acts 8:37

Ac 8:37 If thou believest, etc.? This verse is omitted in the Revised Version. It is not found in the oldest extant manuscripts, but was certainly in manuscripts older than any now extant. It is referred to by Irenaeus in the second century, and by Augustine in the fourth. Whether written by Luke or not, it shows that the custom of the early church was to require such a confession of faith. With all thine heart. A living faith must seize upon and control the heart.

Discussion for Acts 8:37

  • Chris on Acts 8:37
    Adding or taking away has serious consequences.

    The serpent added the word "not".

    Revelation says "to him who adds to this book, to him shall be added the plagues written in this book. To him who takes away, his name will be taken out of the book of life.

    Now..double check your choice.

    Loving the truth has a great reward attached. Gods protection against deception! But if you do not love the truth, God will deceive you. (2 thes.2)
  • Adam - in Reply on Acts 8:37
    Hi Chris,

    I don't believe God deceives people, but he allows satan to, and for you to deceive yourselves. In the past God used special circumstances to interact someone more than normal too, like hardening Pharaohs heart, like allowing satan to tempt Job, allowing people to not see or understand things unless they genuinely sought the truth. If you look at 2 Thessalonians 2:11 it said God sent them a 'delusion'. It says in verse 9 satan is behind it. How do you know for certain that God didn't just allow satan to do the tempting? He could have easily been the delusion. It doesn't say God 'made' them believe the lie either, it was likely still their own choice. People can often blind themselves by having a hard heart. Jesus said that's why he spoke in parables that way: Matthew 13:13.

    So, I provided evidence that is consistent with the rest of scripture that I do not believe God tempts James 1:13 or deceives people, but that for everyone He allows satan to roam and tempt, and in certain circumstances in the Bible he interacted more intimately with people to truly challenge them so that through it God's glory would be revealed.

    God bless...
  • Richard - in Reply on Acts 8:37
    To Adam, on your reply to Chris:

    I very much agree with your statement. As their is much out there to deceive but God knows everything. As I know the Word of God is in the Bible I believe the Lord want's us to search it out instead of just believing every single word in the book. With my own eyes I have seen things that just don't feel right, things changed through versions, and things removed through versions of the Bible also. This proves the Word of God is not preserved in a book printed by man. The 1611 KJV is the best we have to my knowledge. Love one another my brothers an sisters, repent from sin and bear good fruit to make the Lord happy. Life may not be easy but keep your faith and pray. Our Eternal Father loves you and will not fail you. God bless you all in Jesus Christ!
  • Carleton - in Reply on Acts 8:37
    The hedge that surrounded Job is the True Church, the Bride of Christ. This is a lamb's protection, outside of this Church, the hedge is far more dangerous and leaves for far more influences that can steal and kill the Truth once delivered. Job did not at first understand the quality of that hedge but he learned later the Truth of it. Our righteousness is within the hedge and not of ourselves, if we try to work around this hedge we are poor, blind and naked.
  • Guy Willson on Acts 8:37
    The earliest antiochan vesrsions carry this text but the Codex Vaticanus and Siniaticus do not. Constantine, who mixed Sol Invictus worship with Christianity, ordered new versions in c.335AD it is highly likely that the editing was done then. The Textus Receptus canon was agreed c.250 during the Smyrna or persecution period. Sadly very few of the older fragments remain but El Shaddai oversees His Word and this scripture follows the tenets of the Word. At a stroke it removes any assumptions of the heresy of infant baptism or Augustinian notions of rebaptism.
  • Tro on Acts 8:37
    This scripture is not present in most modern bible because since the king james was 1st penned much older manuscripts have been found. In those earliest MSS we have currently available this verse is not found so is believed to be a later addition
  • Jeanette Gant on Acts 8:37
    Acts 8:37 is probably a more thorough reminder that we should have our hearts and minds in serious mode and consider what we are about to commit to, but not being included doesn't really change the meaning or point one tiny bit. Don't be distracted or get into Bible Versions War, unless the difference in word usage contradicts The Good News of Christ and/or turns us away from accepting Him as Savior of the World.
  • Sylvia underdue on Acts 8:37
    Godís word is AWESOME, and I just believe what it says about Acts 8:37. There was a question asked by Philip; if you believe that Jesus is the son of God you will be saved. But you have to believe with all thine heart and that takes FAITH and I do believe that Jesus is the son of GOD. Amen, I do.
  • Jason on Acts 8:37
    Acts 8:37 corresponds with other portions of scripture in the Bible, both New Testament and Old Testament. Romans 10, John 3:16-18, and Genesis 15:6, among others. I don't see why it isn't in all the versions.
  • Vivien on Acts 8:37


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