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Acts 10:47

    Acts 10:47 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Will any man say that these may not have baptism who have been given the Holy Spirit as we have?

    Webster's Revision

    Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?

    World English Bible

    "Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should not be baptized?"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 10:47

    Can any man forbid water - These had evidently received the Holy Ghost, and consequently were become members of the mystical body of Christ; and yet St. Peter requires that they shall receive baptism by water, that they might become members of the Christian Church. In other cases, they received baptism first, and the Spirit afterwards by the imposition of hands: see Acts 19:4-6, where the disciples who had received only the baptism of John were baptized again with water in the name of the Lord Jesus; and, after even this, the apostles prayed, and laid their hands on them, before they were made partakers of the Holy Ghost. So we find that Jesus Christ had his water baptism as well as John; and that even he who gave the baptism of the Holy Ghost required the administration of water baptism also. Therefore the baptism of the Spirit did not supersede the baptism by water; nor indeed can it; as baptism, as well as the supper of our Lord, were intended, not only to be means of grace, but standing, irrefragable proofs of the truth of Christianity.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 10:47

    Can any man forbid water ... - They have shown that they are favored in the same way as the Jewish converts. God has manifested himself to them as he did to the Jews on the day of Pentecost. Is it not clear, therefore, that they are entitled to the privilege of Christian baptism? The expression used here is one that would naturally refer to water as being brought; that is, to a small quantity; and would seem to imply that they were baptized, not by immersion, but by pouring or sprinkling.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 10:47

    10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost? - He does not say they have the baptism of the Spirit; therefore they do not need baptism with water. But just the contrary: if they have received the Spirit, then baptize them with water. How easily is this question decided, if we will take the word of God for our rule! Either men have received the Holy Ghost or not. If they have not, Repent, saith God, and be baptized, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. If they have, if they are already baptized with the Holy Ghost, then who can forbid water?