Acts 8:28
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New International Version
and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.

New Living Translation
and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

English Standard Version
and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Berean Study Bible
and on his return was sitting in his chariot, reading Isaiah the prophet.

Berean Literal Bible
And he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

New American Standard Bible
and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

King James Bible
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and was sitting in his chariot on his way home, reading the prophet Isaiah aloud.

International Standard Version
Now he was returning home, seated in his chariot, and reading from the prophet Isaiah.

NET Bible
and was returning home, sitting in his chariot, reading the prophet Isaiah.

New Heart English Bible
He was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As he turned to go, he sat down on the chariot and was reading in Isaiah The Prophet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As the official rode along in his carriage, he was reading the prophet Isaiah out loud.

New American Standard 1977
And he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
was returning and sitting in his chariot reading Isaiah the prophet.

King James 2000 Bible
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Isaiah the prophet.

American King James Version
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

American Standard Version
and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was returning, sitting in this chariot, and reading Isaias the prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
was returning and sitting in his chariot: and he was reading the prophet Esaias.

English Revised Version
and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Webster's Bible Translation
Was returning; and sitting in his chariot, read Isaiah the prophet.

Weymouth New Testament
and was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading the Prophet Isaiah.

World English Bible
He was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Young's Literal Translation
he was also returning, and is sitting on his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
Study Bible
Philip and the Ethiopian
27So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official in charge of the entire treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28and on his return was sitting in his chariot, reading Isaiah the prophet. 29The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that chariot and stay by it.”…
Cross References
Acts 8:27
So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official in charge of the entire treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship,

Acts 8:29
The Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to that chariot and stay by it."
Treasury of Scripture

Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

and sitting.

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Deuteronomy 6:6,7 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart…

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your …

Deuteronomy 17:18,19 And it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom…

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Psalm 1:2,3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

Psalm 119:99,111 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies …

Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

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Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

Esaias.

Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that …

Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah …

Isaiah.

Luke 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, …

Luke 4:17 And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Esaias. And …

(28) Sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.--After the manner of most Eastern nations, to whom silent reading is almost unknown, the eunuch was reading aloud. Philip heard him, and so gained an opening for conversation. Was the roll of Isaiah a new-found treasure? Had he bought the MS. in Jerusalem, and was he reading the wonderful utterances for the first time? The whole narrative implies that he was reading the LXX. version.

Verse 28. - And he was for was, A.V. ; was reading for read, A.V.; Isaiah for Esaias, A.V., the Hebrew for the Greek form. The diffusion of the Holy Scriptures among the Gentiles by means of the Jewish dispersion and the facility given to Gentiles for reading the Scriptures by their translation into Greek at Alexandria, and by the universal use of the Greek language through the conquests of Alexander the Great, are striking instances of the providence of God working all things after the counsel of his own will. Was returning,.... From Jerusalem, having finished the parts of divine worship he came to perform; and it is remarkable, that though he must doubtless have heard of Jesus of Nazareth, and what had passed in Jerusalem lately, and of his apostles, yet heard them not; or however, was not converted by them, nor believed in Jesus; his conversion being ordered to be at another time, in another place, and by another instrument:

and sitting in his chariot: as was the manner of princes and great persons:

read Esaias the Prophet; the Book of the Prophecies of Isaiah the Prophet; and in Luke 4:17 it is called the "Book of the Prophet Esaias"; and in the note there; see Gill on Luke 4:17, I have observed, that the prophets, especially the larger ones, were sometimes in separate and distinct books, and so might be the prophecy of Isaiah; and such an one was delivered to Christ, in the synagogue of Nazareth; and such an one the eunuch might have, and be reading in it: hence we read (s), that Daniel should say to the Israelites, who came to discourse with him about the prophecies of Jeremiah, bring me, says he, , the Book of Isaiah"; he began to read, and went on till he came to this verse, "the burden of the desert of the sea", &c. Isaiah 21:1 and both the Arabic and Ethiopic versions here read, "the Book of the Prophet Isaiah." See Gill on Luke 4:17. Some think the eunuch might be reading over some passages of Scripture in this prophet, which he had heard expounded at Jerusalem, to refresh his memory with what he had heard. This prophet is a very evangelical one, and very delightful and profitable to read: many things are prophesied by him concerning the Messiah, and particularly in the chapter in which the eunuch was reading; and this being a time when there was great expectation of the Messiah, such passages might be read and expounded in their synagogues, which concerned him: however, the eunuch improved his time, as he was travelling in a religious way, which was very commendable; and as this was the occasion and opportunity which the Holy Ghost took to bring on his conversion, it may serve greatly to recommend the reading of the Scriptures.

(s) Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 33. 1.28. Was returning—Having come so far, he not only stayed out the days of the festival, but prolonged his stay till now. It says much for his fidelity and value to his royal mistress that he had such liberty. But the faith in Jehovah and love of His worship and word, with which he was imbued, sufficiently explain this.

and sitting in his chariot, read Esaias—Not contented with the statutory services in which he had joined, he beguiles the tedium of the journey homeward by reading the Scriptures. But this is not all; for as Philip "heard him read the prophet Esaias," he must have been reading aloud and not (as is customary still in the East) so as merely to be audible, but in a louder voice than he would naturally have used if intent on his own benefit only: evidently therefore he was reading to his charioteer.8:26-40 Philip was directed to go to a desert. Sometimes God opens a door of opportunity to his ministers in very unlikely places. We should study to do good to those we come into company with by travelling. We should not be so shy of all strangers as some affect to be. As to those of whom we know nothing else, we know this, that they have souls. It is wisdom for men of business to redeem time for holy duties; to fill up every minute with something which will turn to a good account. In reading the word of God, we should often pause, to inquire of whom and of what the sacred writers spake; but especially our thoughts should be employed about the Redeemer. The Ethiopian was convinced by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, of the exact fulfilment of the Scripture, was made to understand the nature of the Messiah's kingdom and salvation, and desired to be numbered among the disciples of Christ. Those who seek the truth, and employ their time in searching the Scriptures, will be sure to reap advantages. The avowal of the Ethiopian must be understood as expressing simple reliance on Christ for salvation, and unreserved devotion to Him. Let us not be satisfied till we get faith, as the Ethiopian did, by diligent study of the Holy Scriptures, and the teaching of the Spirit of God; let us not be satisfied till we get it fixed as a principle in our hearts. As soon as he was baptized, the Spirit of God took Philip from him, so that he saw him no more; but this tended to confirm his faith. When the inquirer after salvation becomes acquainted with Jesus and his gospel, he will go on his way rejoicing, and will fill up his station in society, and discharge his duties, from other motives, and in another manner than heretofore. Though baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, with water, it is not enough without the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Lord, grant this to every one of us; then shall we go on our way rejoicing.
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