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Acts 16:31

    Acts 16:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they said, Have faith in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will have salvation.

    Webster's Revision

    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.

    World English Bible

    They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 16:31

    Believe on the Lord Jesus - Receive the religion of Christ, which we preach, and let thy household also receive it, and ye shall be all placed in the sure way to final salvation.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 16:31

    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - This was a simple, a plain, and an effectual direction. They did not direct him to use the means of grace, to pray, or to continue to seek for salvation. They did not advise him to delay, or to wait for the mercy of God. They told him to believe at once; to commit his agitated, and guilty, and troubled spirit to the Saviour, with the assurance that he should find peace. They presumed that he would understand what it was to believe, and they commanded him to do the thing. And this was the uniform direction which the early preachers gave to those inquiring the way to life. See the notes on Matthew 16:16. Compare the notes on Acts 8:22.

    And thy house - And thy family. That is, the same salvation is equally adapted to, and offered to your family. It does not mean that his family would be saved simply by his believing, but that the offers had reference to them as well as to himself; that they might be saved as well as he. His attention was thus called at once, as every man's should be, to his family. He was reminded that they needed salvation, and he was presented with the assurance that they might unite with him in the peace and joy of redeeming mercy. Compare the notes on Acts 2:39. It may be implied here that the faith of a father may be expected to be the means of the salvation of his family. It often is so in fact; but the direct meaning is, that salvation was offered to his family as well as himself, implying that if they believed they should also be saved.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 16:31

    16:31 Thou shalt be saved and thy household - If ye believe. They did so, and were saved.