Acts 10:47
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New International Version
"Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."

New Living Translation
"Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?"

English Standard Version
“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

Berean Study Bible
"Can anyone withhold the water to baptize these people? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have!"

Berean Literal Bible
"Is anyone able to withhold the water to baptize these who have received the Holy Spirit, just as we also have?"

New American Standard Bible
"Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?"

King James Bible
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"

International Standard Version
"No one can stop us from using water to baptize these people who have received the Holy Spirit in the same way that we did, can they?"

NET Bible
"No one can withhold the water for these people to be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?"

New Heart English Bible
"Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should not be baptized?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Can anyone refuse water that they should not be baptized? For, behold, they have received The Spirit of Holiness, as when we did.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"No one can refuse to baptize these people with water. They have received the Holy Spirit in the same way that we did."

New American Standard 1977
“Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Can anyone forbid water that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

King James 2000 Bible
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

American King James Version
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

American Standard Version
Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we?

Darby Bible Translation
Can any one forbid water that these should not be baptised, who have received the Holy Spirit as we also [did]?

English Revised Version
Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Webster's Bible Translation
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

Weymouth New Testament
"Can any one forbid the use of water, and object to these persons being baptized--men who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?"

World English Bible
"Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should not be baptized?"

Young's Literal Translation
Then answered Peter, 'The water is any one able to forbid, that these may not be baptized, who the Holy Spirit did receive -- even as also we?'
Study Bible
The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit
46For they heard them speaking in tongues and exalting God. Then Peter said, 47“Can anyone withhold the water to baptize these people? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have!” 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days.…
Cross References
Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 8:36
As they traveled along the road and came to some water, the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?"

Acts 10:44
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard his message.

Acts 11:17
So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to hinder the work of God?"

Acts 15:8
And God, who knows the heart, showed His approval by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us.
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(47) Can any man forbid water . . .--The question was an appeal to the voice of reason. Could the outward sign be refused, when thus the inward and spiritual grace had been so manifestly bestowed? Ordinarily, as in the case of the Samaritans (Acts 8:15-17), the gift of spiritual powers followed, by the subsequent act of laying on of hands, on the grace given in baptism. Now even that gift had been anticipated, and all that remained was the outward act of incorporation with the society which owned Christ as its Head. While the history thus bore its witness that the gifts of God may flow through other channels than the outward forms which Christ had appointed, it testified no less clearly that no spiritual gifts, however marvellous, superseded the necessity of obedience to the law of Christ which had appointed those outward forms. The exceptional gift was bestowed, in this instance, to remove the scruples which "those of the circumcision" might otherwise have felt as to admitting Gentiles, as such, to baptism; and having served that purpose, as a crucial instance, was never afterwards, so far as we know, repeated under like conditions.

Verse 47. - The water for water, A.V. They actually had the Spirit, which God himself supplied; could any one object to their having the water also, which was the part of the sacrament which it rested with man to supply, in order to complete the new birth (John 3:5)? Can any man forbid water,.... The use of his river, or bath, or what conveniency he may have for baptizing persons: which shows, that it required a place of some quantity of water, sufficient for baptism by immersion, otherwise it would not be in the power of any man to hinder them having a little water, to be sprinkled or poured on the face: unless rather by water should be meant baptism itself; and then the sense is, who can forbid these persons the ordinance of baptism, or deny the administration of it to them? for such who have the Spirit of Christ, are openly Christ's, and therefore have a right to his ordinances; such, being enlightened by him, are able to see to the end of the ordinance; and to such only can it be of use, and they only can please God in it: nor should it be forbidden them; this is to withstand God, act contrary to the commission of Christ, and resist the Holy Ghost; no, not though Gentiles: converted Gentiles, have as good a right as any to this ordinance; descent from Abraham gives no right to it; there is no difference among men under the Gospel dispensation; Christ's commission reaches both to Jews and Gentiles; and there is but one baptism for both.

That these should not be baptized; though they are uncircumcised Gentiles:

which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we; the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit; though, no doubt also, they had received the Spirit, as a spirit of illumination and conviction, as a spirit of regeneration, sanctification, and conversion, and as a spirit of faith and adoption, and as a witness, earnest, and pledge of future glory: and receiving him supposes, that they were without him before, and that he is a gift of God's free grace unto them; and which is no other than the baptism of the Spirit, and is a necessary pre-requisite to water baptism; and they that have the one, are right subjects of the other; nor ought it to be denied them. From hence it appears that water baptism is an ordinance of Christ, to be continued under the Gospel dispensation; it was not only what was practised in the times of John and of Christ, but what was practised by the apostles after the ascension of Christ, in compliance with the commission he gave, which could have respect to no other baptism; since the apostles were not capable of baptizing with any other, not with the baptism of the Spirit: and it is certain from hence, and by other instances, that they did baptize in water; and from the apostle's question it seems, that it must be by immersion in water, as before observed; and from what follows it is clear, that such who are partakers of the Holy Spirit and his grace, are the proper subjects of it. 47. which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we—and are thus, in all that is essential to salvation, on a level with ourselves.10:44-48 The Holy Ghost fell upon others after they were baptized, to confirm them in the faith; but upon these Gentiles before they were baptized, to show that God does not confine himself to outward signs. The Holy Ghost fell upon those who were neither circumcised nor baptized; it is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing. They magnified God, and spake of Christ and the benefits of redemption. Whatever gift we are endued with, we ought to honour God with it. The believing Jews who were present, were astonished that the gift of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also. By mistaken notions of things, we make difficult for ourselves as to the methods of Divine providence and grace. As they were undeniably baptized with the Holy Ghost, Peter concluded they were not to be refused the baptism of water, and the ordinance was administered. The argument is conclusive; can we deny the sign to those who have received the things signified? Those who have some acquaintance with Christ, cannot but desire more. Even those who have received the Holy Ghost, must see their need of daily learning more of the truth.
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