Acts 8:29
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New International Version
The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."

New Living Translation
The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage."

English Standard Version
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."

King James Bible
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Spirit told Philip, "Go and join that chariot."

International Standard Version
The Spirit told Philip, "Approach that chariot and stay near it."

NET Bible
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And The Spirit said to Philippus, “Approach and join the chariot.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Spirit said to Philip, "Go to that carriage, and stay close to it."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near and join thyself to this chariot.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join yourself to this chariot.

American King James Version
Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and join yourself to this chariot.

American Standard Version
And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Spirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot.

English Revised Version
And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and join thyself to this chariot.

Weymouth New Testament
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go and enter that chariot."

World English Bible
The Spirit said to Philip, "Go near, and join yourself to this chariot."

Young's Literal Translation
And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near, and be joined to this chariot;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - And for then, A.V.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then the Spirit said unto Philip,.... Not the angel, a ministering Spirit, as in Acts 8:26 but the Holy Spirit, as the Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, the same with the Spirit of the Lord, Acts 8:39 who spoke unto him, either by an articulative voice, such as was the Bath Kol among the Jews; or inwardly, by a secret impulse upon him, he directed him, saying:

go near, and join thyself to this chariot; he bid him make up to the chariot, he saw driving on the road at such a distance, and follow it, and attend it closely; and not leave it, till an opportunity of conversing with the person in it offered.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29-31. the Spirit said—by an unmistakable voice within, as in Ac 10:19; 16:6, 7.

go near and join this chariot—This would reveal to Philip the hitherto unknown object of his journey, and encourage him to expect something.

Acts 8:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Philip and the Ethiopian
28and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." 30Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"…
Cross References
Acts 8:26
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road--the desert road--that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza."

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

Acts 8:30
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.

Acts 8:39
When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 10:19
While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you.

Acts 11:12
The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man's house.

Acts 13:2
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

Acts 16:6
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.

Acts 16:7
When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

Acts 20:23
I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.

Acts 21:11
Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, "The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.'"

Acts 28:25
They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:

Hebrews 3:7
So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice,
Treasury of Scripture

Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and join yourself to this chariot.

Acts 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, …

Acts 11:12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these …

Acts 13:2-4 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said…

Acts 16:6,7 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, …

Acts 20:22,23 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing …

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