Acts 8:38
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New International Version
And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

New Living Translation
He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

English Standard Version
And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

Berean Study Bible
And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

Berean Literal Bible
And he commanded the chariot to stop. And they both went down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

International Standard Version
So he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

NET Bible
So he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

New Heart English 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he commanded to stop the chariot and the two of them went down to the water and Philippus baptized that Eunuch

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The official ordered the carriage to stop. He and Philip stepped into the water, and Philip baptized him.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he commanded the chariot to stand still, and they went both down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

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

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

English Revised Version
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 Translation
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.

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

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
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;
Study Bible
Philip and the Ethiopian
38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

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.

Acts 8:39
When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing.
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(38) They went down both into the water.--The Greek preposition might mean simply "unto the water," but the universality of immersion in the practice of the early Church supports the English version. The eunuch would lay aside his garments, descend chest-deep into the water, and be plunged under it "in the name of the Lord Jesus;" the only formula recognised in the Acts. (See Note on Acts 2:38.) So it was, in the half-playful language in which many of the Fathers delighted, that "the Ethiopian changed his skin" (Jeremiah 13:23).

Verse 38. - Both went down for went down both, A.V. Nothing can be more graphic than the simple narrative of this interesting and important baptism. Surely Luke must have heard it from Philip's own mouth (see Acts 21:8-10). And he commanded the chariot to stand still,.... That is, the eunuch ordered his chariot driver to stop; for to him it better agrees to give this order than to Philip; though otherwise the words are so placed, that it would be difficult to say who gave the command.

And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him: upon which Calvin has this note;

"hence we see what was the manner of baptizing with the ancients, for they plunged the whole body into water.''

And indeed, other mode had been practised then, as sprinkling or pouring of water, there would have been no necessity of their going out of the chariot, and much less of their going down into the water; and as for change of apparel, it cannot be reasonably thought that so great a man should take so long a journey without it. In like manner the Jewish ablutions and purifications, which were performed by immersion, and therefore called baptisms, Hebrews 9:10 are spoken of in the same sort of language as here: so a profluvious person, and a woman that had lain in, were obliged , "to go down and dip" (k).

"It is a tradition of the Rabbins (l), that he that sees any nocturnal pollution on the day of atonement, , "goes down and dips himself".--And so all that are obliged to dipping, dip according to their custom on the day of atonement; the profluvious person, man or woman, the leprous person, man or woman, the husband of a menstruous woman, and one defiled with the dead, dip according to their custom on the day of atonement.''

(k) T. Bab. Nidda, fol. 42. 1. & 43. 1.((l) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 88. 1.38. they went down both into the water, and he baptized him, etc.—probably laving the water upon him, though the precise mode is neither certain nor of any consequence.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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