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Acts 22:16

    Acts 22:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And now why tarry you? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And now, why are you waiting? get up, and have baptism, for the washing away of your sins, giving worship to his name.

    Webster's Revision

    And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

    World English Bible

    Now why do you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 22:16

    Arise, and be baptized - Take now the profession of Christ's faith most solemnly upon thee, by being baptized in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    Wash away thy sins, etc. - Let this washing of thy body represent to thee the washing away of thy sins: and know that this washing away of sin can be received only by invoking the name of the Lord.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 22:16

    And now why tarriest thou? - Why dost thou delay, or wait any longer? These words are not recorded by Luke in Acts 9, where he has given an account of the conversion of Paul; but there is nothing here contradictory to his statement.

    And wash away thy sins - Receive baptism as emblematic of the washing away of sins. It cannot be intended that the external rite of baptism was sufficient to make the soul pure, but that it was an ordinance divinely appointed as expressive of the washing away of sins, or of purifying the heart. Compare Hebrews 10:22. Sinners are represented in the Scriptures as defiled or polluted by sin. "To wash away the sins" denotes "the purifying of the soul from this polluted influence," 1 Corinthians 6:11; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 7:14; Isaiah 1:16; Psalm 51:2, Psalm 51:7.

    Calling on the name of the Lord - For pardon and sanctification, Romans 10:13, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." It was proper that this calling on the name of the Lord should be connected with the ordinance of baptism. That ordinance was emblematic of a purifying which the Lord only could produce. It is proper that the rite of baptism should be attended with extraordinary prayer; that he who is to be baptized should make it the occasion of special and very solemn religious exercises. The external rite will avail nothing without the pardoning mercy of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 22:16

    22:16 Be baptized, and wash away thy sins - Baptism administered to real penitents, is both a means and seal of pardon. Nor did God ordinarily in the primitive Church bestow this on any, unless through this means.
    Book: Acts
    Topic: Baptism