Acts 8:40
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New International Version
Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.

English Standard Version
But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

New American Standard Bible
But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

King James Bible
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Philip appeared in Azotus, and he was traveling and evangelizing all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

International Standard Version
But Philip found himself at Azotus. As he was passing through that region, he kept proclaiming the good news in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

NET Bible
Philip, however, found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through the area, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Philippus was found in Azotus and from there he was traveling and preaching in all the cities until he came to Qesarea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Philip found himself in the city of Azotus. He traveled through all the cities and spread the Good News until he came to the city of Caesarea.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he preached the gospel in all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

King James 2000 Bible
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

American King James Version
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

American Standard Version
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Philip was found in Azotus; and passing through, he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Darby Bible Translation
And Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through he announced the glad tidings to all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

English Revised Version
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through, he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.

Weymouth New Testament
but Philip found himself at Ashdod. Then visiting town after town he everywhere made known the Good News until he reached Caesarea.

World English Bible
But Philip was found at Azotus. Passing through, he preached the Good News to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.

Young's Literal Translation
and Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he was proclaiming good news to all the cities, till his coming to Caesarea.
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 40. - He preached the gospel to all the cities for he preached in all the cities, A.V. The sudden rapture of Philip by the Spirit, and his transportation to Azotus, or Ashdod, reminds us forcibly of 1 Kings 18:12, and of the successive journeys of Elijah just prior to his translation. In Philip's case we may suppose a kind of trance, which was not ended till he found himself at Azotus. Passing through. For διέρχομαι (there rendered "went about"), see ver. 4, note. To Caesarea; where we find him domiciled (Acts 21:8). Such coincidences, appearing in the narrative without any explanation, are strong marks of truth. "He journeyed northward from Ashdod, perhaps through Ekron, Ramah, Joppa, and the plain of Sharon" (Meyer).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Philip was found at Azotus,.... The same with the Ashdod of the Philistines, famous for the temple of Dagon, 1 Samuel 5:1 where the Septuagint call it Azotus, as here: and so it is called in the Apocrypha:

"Howbeit all the hindmost of them were slain with the sword: for they pursued them unto Gazera, and unto the plains of Idumea, and

Azotus, and Jamnia, so that there were slain of them upon a three thousand men.'' (1Mac 4:15)

"Whereof when Apollonius heard, he took three thousand horsemen, with a great host of footmen, and went to

Azotus as one that journeyed, and therewithal drew him forth into the plain. because he had a great number of horsemen, in whom he put his trust.'' (1Mac 10:77)

"But Jonathan set fire on

Azotus, and the cities round about it, and took their spoils; and the temple of Dagon, with them that were fled into it, he burned with fire.'' (1Mac 10:84)

"And when he came near to

Azotus, they shewed him the temple of Dagon that was burnt, and

Azotus and the suburbs thereof that were destroyed, and the bodies that were cast abroad and them that he had burnt in the battle; for they had made heaps of them by the way where he should pass.'' (1Mac 11:4)

where mention is made of Beth Dagon, and the idol's temple in it; and by Herodotus (p), Pliny (q), and Ptolomy (r); and it is now called Palmis, according to R. Benjamin (s); it was about fifty four miles from Jerusalem, and two hundred and seventy furlongs, Or four and thirty miles (t) from Gaza:

and passing through; or, as he passed along through that and other places:

he preached in all the cities; that lay in his way; which shows his zeal and diligence:

till he came to Caesarea; not Caesarea Philippi, Matthew 16:13 but that which was before called Strato's tower, and was rebuilt by Herod, and called Caesarea, in honour of Augustus Caesar (u); and not by Caesar himself, as R. Benjamin says (w): it was six hundred furlongs, or seventy five miles from Jerusalem (x), This place was famous for Jewish Rabbins, and their schools of learning; frequent mention is made of , "the Rabbins of Caesarea" (y); here Philip seems to have stopped, and stayed awhile.

continued...

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

40. Philip was found—that is, "found himself," "made his appearance": an expression confirming the miraculous manner of his transportation.

at Azotus—the ancient Ashdod.

preached in all the cities—along the coast, proceeding northward.

till he came to Cæsarea—fifty-five miles northwest of Jerusalem, on the Mediterranean, just south of Mount Carmel; and so named by Herod, who rebuilt it, in honor of Cæsar Augustus. Henceforth we lose sight of zealous and honored Philip, as by and by we shall lose sight even of Peter. As the chariot of the Gospel rolls on, other agents are raised up, each suited to his work. But "he that soweth and he that reapeth shall rejoice together." (See on [1965]Joh 4:31-38).

Acts 8:40 Additional Commentaries
Context
Philip and the Ethiopian
39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.
Cross References
Joshua 11:22
No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive.

1 Samuel 5:1
After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

Acts 8:25
After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.

Acts 9:30
When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

Acts 10:1
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.

Acts 10:24
The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

Acts 11:11
"Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.

Acts 12:19
After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.

Acts 18:22
When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.

Acts 21:8
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.

Acts 21:16
Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples.

Acts 23:23
Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, "Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight.

Acts 23:33
When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him.

Acts 25:1
Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem,

Acts 25:4
Festus answered, "Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon.

Acts 25:6
After spending eight or ten days with them, Festus went down to Caesarea. The next day he convened the court and ordered that Paul be brought before him.

Acts 25:13
A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.
Treasury of Scripture

But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

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Joshua 15:46,47 From Ekron even to the sea, all that lay near Ashdod, with their villages…

1 Samuel 5:1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

Zechariah 9:6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride …

Ashdod. he preached.

Luke 10:1,2 After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent …

Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; …

Caesarea.

Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion …

Acts 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came …

Acts 23:23,33 And he called to him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred …

Acts 25:4 But Festus answered, that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that …

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