Acts 8:38

“And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he commanded the charet to stand still: and they went downe both into the water, both Philip, and the Eunuch, and he baptized him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he gave orders for the carriage to be stopped, and the two of them went down into the water, and Philip gave him baptism.
- Basic English Bible

And he commanded the chariot to stop. And they went down both to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptised him.
- Darby Bible

And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
- Webster's Bible

So he stopped the chariot; and both of them--Philip and the eunuch--went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
- Weymouth Bible

He commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
- World English Bible

And he comaundide the chare to stonde stille. And thei wenten doun bothe into the watir, Filip and the gelding, and Filip baptiside hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 8:38


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.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 8:38


Ac 8:38 They both went down into the water. Abbott states: ``The original undoubtedly implies a going, not to, but into, the water.'' And Ripley says: ``No sufficient reason can be given why the parties went down into the water, but for the sake of the immersion of the new convert.''

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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