Acts 8:26-40

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 Now 1an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place.
27 And he rose and went. And there was an 2Ethiopian, a 3eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, 4who was in charge of all her treasure. 5He had come to Jerusalem to worship
28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29 And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."
30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31 And he said, 6"How can I, unless someone 7guides me?" And 8he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: 9"Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his 10humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth."
34 And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?"
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and 11beginning with this Scripture 12he told him the good news about Jesus.
36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! 13What prevents me from being baptized?"[b]
38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
39 And when they came up out of the water, 14the Spirit of the Lord 15carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 8:26-40 In-Context

24 And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place.
27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship
28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29 And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."
30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31 And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth."
34 And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?"
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?"
38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
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.
40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Cross References 15

  • 1. Acts 5:19; Acts 10:3; Acts 11:13; Acts 12:7, 23; Acts 27:23; [Judges 6:12; Judges 13:3]
  • 2. Psalms 68:31; Psalms 87:4; Zephaniah 3:10
  • 3. [Jeremiah 38:7]
  • 4. Ezra 7:21
  • 5. [1 Kings 8:41, 42; John 12:20]
  • 6. See Romans 10:14
  • 7. John 16:13
  • 8. [1 Kings 20:33; 2 Kings 10:15]
  • 9. Cited from Isaiah 53:7, 8
  • 10. [Philippians 2:8]
  • 11. Luke 24:27; [Acts 17:2; Acts 18:28]
  • 12. See Acts 5:42
  • 13. Acts 10:47
  • 14. 1 Kings 18:12; 2 Kings 2:16; Ezekiel 3:12, 14; Ezekiel 8:3; Ezekiel 11:1, 24; Ezekiel 43:5
  • 15. See 2 Corinthians 12:2

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or go at about noon
  • [b]. Some manuscripts add all or most of verse 37: And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he replied, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
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