New International Version
"How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
King James Bible
And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said, How should I then be able unless some one guide me? And he begged Philip to come up and sit with him.
World English Bible
He said, "How can I, unless someone explains it to me?" He begged Philip to come up and sit with him.
Young's Literal Translation
and he said, 'Why, how am I able, if some one may not guide me?' he called Philip also, having come up, to sit with him.
Acts 8:31 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How can I, except some man should guide me? - This is no proof that "the Scriptures cannot be understood without an authorized interpreter," as some of the papistical writers assert. How could the eunuch know any thing of the Gospel dispensation, to which this scripture referred? That dispensation had not yet been proclaimed to him; he knew nothing about Jesus. But where that dispensation has been published, where the four Gospels and the apostolic epistles are at hand, every thing relative to the salvation of the soul may be clearly apprehended by any simple, upright person. There are difficulties, it is true, in different parts of the sacred writings, which neither the pope nor his conclave can solve; and several which even the more enlightened Protestant cannot remove; but these difficulties do not refer to matters in which the salvation of the soul is immediately concerned: they refer to such as are common to every ancient author in the universe. These difficulties, being understood, add to the beauty, elegance, and justness of the language, thoughts, and turns of expression; and these, only the few who are capable of understanding are able to relish. As to all the rest, all that relates to faith and practice, all in which the present and eternal interest of the soul is concerned, "the wayfaring man, though a fool, (quite illiterate), shall not err therein."
That he would come up, and sit with him - So earnestly desirous was he to receive instruction relative to those things which concerned the welfare of his soul.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibrarySimon the Sorcerer
'Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.'--ACTS viii. 21. The era of the birth of Christianity was one of fermenting opinion and decaying faith. Then, as now, men's minds were seething and unsettled, and that unrest which is the precursor of great changes in intellectual and spiritual habitudes affected the civilised world. Such a period is ever one of predisposition to superstition. The one true bond which unites God and man being obscured, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts
A Meeting in the Desert
Whether the Imposition of the Priest's Hands is Necessary for this Sacrament?
Whether Penance is a Sacrament?
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.
This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Jump to PreviousAble Begged Besought Desired Earnestly Eunuch Except Guide Guides Invited Me Philip Possible Side Sit Someone Unless
Jump to NextAble Begged Besought Desired Earnestly Eunuch Except Guide Guides Invited Me Philip Possible Side Sit Someone Unless
LinksActs 8:31 NIV
Acts 8:31 NLT
Acts 8:31 ESV
Acts 8:31 NASB
Acts 8:31 KJV
Acts 8:31 Bible Apps
Acts 8:31 Biblia Paralela
Acts 8:31 Chinese Bible
Acts 8:31 French Bible
Acts 8:31 German Bible
Acts 8:31 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.