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

New Living Translation
Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

English Standard Version
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Berean Study Bible
So Philip ran up and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

Berean Literal Bible
And Philip having run up, heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, "Do you then understand what you are reading?"

King James Bible
And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

New King James Version
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

New American Standard Bible
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

NASB 1995
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

NASB 1977
And when Philip had run up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Amplified Bible
Philip ran up and heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah, and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Christian Standard Bible
When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you're reading?""

American Standard Version
And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as he approached, he heard what he read in Isaiah The Prophet and he said to him, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Contemporary English Version
Philip ran up close and heard the man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?

English Revised Version
And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Good News Translation
Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Philip ran to the carriage and could hear the official reading the prophet Isaiah out loud. Philip asked him, "Do you understand what you're reading?"

International Standard Version
So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah out loud. Philip asked, "Do you understand what you're reading?"

Literal Standard Version
and Philip having run near, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah and said, “Do you then know what you read?”

NET Bible
So Philip ran up to it and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. He asked him, "Do you understand what you're reading?"

New Heart English Bible
And running near, Philip heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

Weymouth New Testament
So Philip ran up and heard the eunuch reading the Prophet Isaiah. "Do you understand what you are reading?" he asked.

World English Bible
Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

Young's Literal Translation
and Philip having run near, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, 'Dost thou then know what thou dost read?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Philip and the Ethiopian
29The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that chariot and stay by it.” 30So Philip ran up and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31“How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.…

Cross References
Acts 8:5
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them.

Acts 8:29
The Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to that chariot and stay by it."

Acts 8:31
"How can I," he said, "unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.


Treasury of Scripture

And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understand you what you read?

ran thither.

Acts 8:27
And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

Psalm 119:32
I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Understandest.

Matthew 13:19,23,51
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side…

Matthew 15:10
And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Matthew 24:15
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)









(30) Understandest thou what thou readest?--The Greek play upon the word for understand (Ginoskein) and read (Anaginoskein) cannot well be produced in English, but is worth noting as parallel to a like play in the well-known saying of the Emperor Julian (Anegnon; egnon; kategnon)--"I read; I understood; I condemned."

Verse 30. - Ran for ran thither, A.V.; reading-Isaiah the prophet for read the prophet Esaias, A.V. and T.R. Heard him. He was reading aloud. In Hebrew, the word for "to read" (קָרָא) means "to call," "to proclaim aloud." Hence the keri, that which is read, as distinguished from the cethib, that which is written. Reading Isaiah the prophet. The same providence which sent Philip to meet him in the desert doubtless directed his reading to the fifty-third chapter of the great evangelical prophet.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[So]
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Philip
Φίλιππος (Philippos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5376: From philos and hippos; fond of horses; Philippus, the name of four Israelites.

ran up
Προσδραμὼν (Prosdramōn)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4370: To run to. From pros and trecho; to run towards, i.e. Hasten to meet or join.

[and] heard
ἤκουσεν (ēkousen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

[the man]
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

reading
ἀναγινώσκοντος (anaginōskontos)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 314: To read, know again, know certainly, recognize, discern. From ana and ginosko; to know again, i.e. to read.

Isaiah
Ἠσαΐαν (Ēsaian)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2268: Isaiah, the prophet. Of Hebrew origin; Hesaias, an Israelite.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

prophet.
προφήτην (prophētēn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4396: From a compound of pro and phemi; a foreteller; by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet.

“Do you understand
γινώσκεις (ginōskeis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

what
(ha)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

you are reading?”
ἀναγινώσκεις (anaginōskeis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 314: To read, know again, know certainly, recognize, discern. From ana and ginosko; to know again, i.e. to read.

[Philip] asked.
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.


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