Acts 8:5
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New International Version
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there.

New Living Translation
Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah.

English Standard Version
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.

Berean Study Bible
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them.

Berean Literal Bible
Now Philip, having gone down to a city of Samaria, was proclaiming the Christ to them.

New American Standard Bible
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them.

King James Bible
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them.

International Standard Version
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began to preach the Messiah to the people.

NET Bible
Philip went down to the main city of Samaria and began proclaiming the Christ to them.

New Heart English Bible
And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Messiah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Philippus went down to the city of the Samaritans and he was preaching to them about The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Philip went to the city of Samaria and told people about the Messiah.

New American Standard 1977
And Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached the Christ unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

American King James Version
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.

American Standard Version
And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Philip going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them.

Darby Bible Translation
And Philip, going down to a city of Samaria, preached the Christ to them;

English Revised Version
And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.

Weymouth New Testament
while Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed Christ there.

World English Bible
Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
And Philip having gone down to a city of Samaria, was preaching to them the Christ,
Study Bible
Philip in Samaria
4Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them. 6The crowds gave their undivided attention to Philip’s message and the signs they saw him perform.…
Cross References
Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Acts 6:5
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, as well as Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.

Acts 8:1
And Saul was there, giving approval to Stephen's death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.

Acts 8:6
The crowds gave their undivided attention to Philip's message and the signs they saw him perform.

Acts 8:26
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go south to the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza."

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

Acts 21:8
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea, and we went to stay at the home of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.

Philip.

Acts 8:1,14,15,40 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was …

Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, …

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

the city. Rather, 'to a city of Samaria,' [eis polis Samaria] for the city of Samaria had been utterly destroyed by Hyrcanus, and the city built by Herod on its site was called [Sebaste,] that is, Augusta, in honour of Augustus. Samaria comprised the tract of country formerly occupied by the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, west of Jordan, lying between Judea and Galilee: beginning, says Josephus, at Ginea in the great plain, and ending at the toparchy of Acrabateni.

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on …

Matthew 10:5,6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not …

preached.

Acts 8:35-37 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and …

Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach …

Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Acts 17:2,3 And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and three sabbath days …

John 4:25,26 The woman said to him, I know that Messias comes, which is called …

1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and …

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, …

1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

(5) Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria.--More accurately, "a city." The sequence of events implies that it was not the Apostle, but his namesake who had been chosen as one of the Seven. As having been conspicuous in the work of "preaching the glad tidings of Christ," he was afterwards known as Philip the Evangelist (Acts 21:8). It was natural enough that the identity of name should lead writers who were imperfectly informed to confuse the two, as Polycrates, Bishop of Ephesus, seems to have done in the passage quoted by Eusebius (Hist. iii. 31). The "city of Samaria" is described in precisely the same terms as in John 4:5, where it is identified with Sychar, the Sichem of the Old Testament. (See Note on John 4:5.) "Samaria," throughout the New Testament (as, e.g., in Acts 9:31; Luke 17:11; John 4:4-5), is used for the province, and not for the city to which it had been attached in earlier times. This had been new-named Sebaste (the Greek equivalent of Augusta) by Herod the Great in honour of the Emperor, and this had more or less superseded the old name (Jos. Ant. xv. 8, 5). Assuming the identity with Sychar, the narrative of John 4 suggests at once the reason that probably determined Philip's choice. The seed had already been sown, and the fields were white for harvest (John 4:35). Possibly, as suggested above (Note on Acts 7:16), there may have been some previous connection with the district. Some of that city had already accepted Jesus as the Christ.

Preached Christ.--The verb is not the same as in Acts 8:4, and is the word used for "preaching" or "proclaiming." The tense implies continued action, extending, it may be, over weeks or months. We find in John 4:25 that the expectation of the Messiah was as strong among the Samaritans as among the Jews, and Philip's work therefore was to proclaim that the long-expected One had come, and that the Resurrection was the crowning proof that He was the Christ the Son of God. The readiness with which the proclamation was accepted shows that in spite of the adverse influence which had come into play since our Lord had taught there, the work then done had not been in vain.

Hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.--Better, the signs, as being closer, here as elsewhere, to the force of the Greek. It is remarkable that they had believed in the first instance without any other sign than the person and the teaching of the Lord Jesus. Miracles came not as the foundation, but for the strengthening of their faith; perhaps also as a corrective to the adverse influence of which we are so soon to hear.

Verse 5. - And for then, A.V. ; proclaimed unto them the Christ for preached Christ unto them, A.V. Philip; the deacon and evangelist (Acts 6:7; Acts 21:8), not the apostle. As regards Samaria, it is always used in the New Testament of the country, not of the city, which at this time was called Sebaste, from Σεβαστός, i.e. Augustus Caesar (see Acts 25:21, 26, etc.; John 4:5; and Josephus, 'Ant. Jud.,' 15. 7:9). Whether, therefore, we read with the T.R. πόλιν, or with the R.T. τὴν πόλιν, we must understand Samaria to mean the country, and probably the city to be the capital, Sebaste. Alford, however, with many others, thinks that Sychem is meant, as in John 4:5. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria,.... The city which was formerly called Samaria, but now Sebaste; it had been destroyed by Hyrcanus, and was rebuilt by Herod; and called by him, in honour of Augustus, by the name of Sebaste (d); and so R. Benjamin says (e), that

"from Luz he came in a day to Sebaste, , "this is Samaria"; where yet may be discerned the palace of Ahab king of Israel-----and from thence are two "parsas" to Neapolis, this is Sichem.''

Which last place, Sichem, is by Josephus said to be the "metropolis" of Samaria; and is thought by Dr. Lightfoot to be the city Philip went to, and where our Lord had before been, and preached to the conversion of many persons: this place lay lower than Jerusalem, and therefore Philip is said to go down to it; and who was not Philip the apostle, but Philip the deacon, for the apostles abode at Jerusalem; and beside, though this Philip preached the Gospel, and baptized, and wrought miracles, yet did not lay on hands, in order that persons might receive the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost; this was peculiar to the apostles, and therefore Peter and John came down for this purpose, when they heard of the success of Philip's ministry: the subject matter of which follows:

and preached Christ unto them; that Christ was come in the flesh, that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, and that he was the Son of God, and the alone Saviour of men; who by his obedience, sufferings, and death, had wrought righteousness, procured peace and pardon, and obtained eternal redemption for his people; and was risen again, and ascended into heaven, and was set down at the right hand of God, where he ever lived to make intercession, and would come again a second time to judge both quick and dead.

(d) Joseph de Bello Jud. l. 1. c. 2. sect. 7. & c. 21. sect. 2. Plin. l. 5. c. 13. (e) Itinerar. p. 38. Ac 8:5-25. Success of Philip's Preaching in Samaria—Case of Simon Magus.

5. Then Philip—not the apostle of that name, as was by some of the Fathers supposed; for besides that the apostles remained at Jerusalem, they would in that case have had no occasion to send a deputation of their own number to lay their hands on the baptized disciples [Grotius]. It was the deacon of that name, who comes next after Stephen in the catalogue of the seven, probably as being the next most prominent. The persecution may have been directed especially against Stephen's colleagues [Meyer].

the city of Samaria—or "a city of Samaria"; but the former seems more likely. "It furnished the bridge between Jerusalem and the world" [Baumgarten].8:5-13 As far as the gospel prevails, evil spirits are dislodged, particularly unclean spirits. All inclinations to the lusts of the flesh which war against the soul are such. Distempers are here named, the most difficult to be cured by the course of nature, and most expressive of the disease of sin. Pride, ambition, and desire after grandeur have always caused abundance of mischief, both to the world and to the church. The people said of Simon, This man is the great power of God. See how ignorant and thoughtless people mistake. But how strong is the power of Divine grace, by which they were brought to Christ, who is Truth itself! The people not only gave heed to what Philip said, but were fully convinced that it was of God, and not of men, and gave up themselves to be directed thereby. Even bad men, and those whose hearts still go after covetousness, may come before God as his people come, and for a time continue with them. And many wonder at the proofs of Divine truths, who never experience their power. The gospel preached may have a common operation upon a soul, where it never produced inward holiness. All are not savingly converted who profess to believe the gospel.
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