and having brought them forth, said, 'Sirs, what must I do -- that I may be saved?'
Acts 16:30 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Brought them out - Of the dungeon in which they were confined.
What must I do to be saved? - Whether this regard personal or eternal safety, it is a question the most interesting to man. But it is not likely that the jailor referred here to his personal safety. He had seen, notwithstanding the prison doors had been miraculously opened, and the bonds of the prisoners all loosed, that not one of them had escaped: hence he could not feel himself in danger of losing his life on this account; and consequently it cannot be his personal safety about which he inquires. He could not but have known that these apostles had been preaching among the people what they called the doctrine of salvation; and he knew that for expelling a demon they were delivered into his custody: the Spirit of God had now convinced his heart that he was lost, and needed salvation; and therefore his earnest inquiry is how he should obtain it. The answer of the apostles to the jailor shows that his inquiry was not about his personal safety; as his believing on Jesus Christ could have had no effect upon that, in his present circumstances. Men who dispute against this sense of the word are not aware that the Spirit of God can teach any thing to a heart, which the head of a person has not previously learned. Therefore, they say it was impossible that a heathen could make such an inquiry in reference to his eternal state, because he could know nothing about it. On this ground, how impertinent would the answer of the apostles have been: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be put in a state of Personal Safety, and thy family! I contend that neither he nor his family were in any danger, as long as not one prisoner had escaped; he had, therefore, nothing from this quarter to fear; and, on the ground against which I contend, his own question would have been as impertinent as the apostles' answer.
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Acts 16:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Job 34:32 That which I see not teach you me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil...
Isaiah 58:6,9 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free...
Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
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Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God...
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brothers...
Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the city...
Acts 22:10 And I said, What shall I do, LORD? And the Lord said to me, Arise, and go into Damascus...
Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Luke 3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
John 6:27-29 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you...
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