Acts 8:39

39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 8:39 in Other Translations

KJV
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
ESV
39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
NLT
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.
MSG
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn't mind. He had what he'd come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be.
CSB
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer. But he went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 8:39 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 8:39

And when they were come up out of the water
Which is another circumstance, showing that baptism was then performed by immersion; with this compare ( Matthew 3:16 ) and so it is said of the high priest, when he washed himself on the day of atonement, (hle lbjw dry) , "he went down and dipped, and came up" F13; and so any other person that was obliged to dipping on any account, (hlew lbjw dry) , "went down and dipped, and came up" F14. And again it is said F15, it happened to a servant maid of Rabbi, (htlew hlbjv) , "that she dipped herself and came up".

The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip;
as soon as the ordinance was over; so that the eunuch had no opportunity of rewarding him for his instructions and labour; and this might be done on purpose to show that he had no mercenary end in joining himself to his chariot; and this sudden rapture and disappearance might be a confirmation to the eunuch that this whole affair was of God. The Spirit of the Lord took up Philip, just as he is said to lift up Ezekiel, between earth and heaven, ( Ezekiel 8:3 ) and carried him above the earth as far as Azotus. The Alexandrian copy, and one of Beza's, and some others, read the words thus, "the holy Spirit fall upon the eunuch, but the angel of the Lord caught away Philip"; the same angel, it may be, that bid him go toward the south:

that the eunuch saw him no more;
neither at that time, nor perhaps ever after; for one went one way, and another way:

and he went on his way;
towards Ethiopia; and, as the Ethiopic version reads, "into his own country"; which is one reason why he saw Philip no more: however, he went thither

rejoicing,
as he had great reason to do; being blessed with the saving knowledge of Christ, and true faith in the Son of God, and admitted to the holy ordinance of baptism; having first received the baptism of the Spirit, or having the grace of the Spirit bestowed on him, and implanted in him: and, according to some copies just now mentioned, after his baptism the Spirit fell on him in an extraordinary manner, and that without imposition of hands; so that, upon the whole, he had great reason to rejoice.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 Misna Yoma, c. 3. sect. 4. 6. & 7. sect. 3. 4.
F14 T. Bab. Ceritot, fol. 13. 1.
F15 T. Bab. Nidda, fol. 66. 2.

Acts 8:39 In-Context

38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Kings 18:12; 2 Kings 2:16; Ezekiel 3:12,14; Ezekiel 8:3; Ezekiel 11:1,24; Ezekiel 43:5; 2 Corinthians 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 12:5