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Acts 8:28

    Acts 8:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He was going back, seated in his carriage, and was reading the book of the prophet Isaiah.

    Webster's Revision

    and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

    World English Bible

    He was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

    Definitions for Acts 8:28

    Esaias - Before.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 8:28

    Sitting in his chariot, read Esaias the prophet - He had gone to Jerusalem to worship: he had profited by his religious exercises: and even in travelling, he is improving his time. God sees his simplicity and earnestness, and provides him an instructer, who should lead him into the great truths of the Gospel, which, without such a one, he could not have understood. Many, after having done their duty, as they call it, in attending a place of worship, forget the errand that brought them thither, and spend their time, on their return, rather in idle conversation than in reading or conversing about the word of God. It is no wonder that such should be always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 8:28

    And, sitting in his chariot - His carriage; his vehicle. The form of the carriage is not known. In some instances the carriages of the ancients were placed on wheels; in others were borne on poles, in the form of a "litter" or palanquin, by men, mules, or horses. See Calmet's "Chariot" article.

    Reading Esaias ... - Isaiah. Reading doubtless the translation of Isaiah called the Septuagint. This translation was made in Egypt for the special use of the Jews in Alexandria and throughout Egypt, and was what was commonly used. "Why" he was reading the Scriptures, and especially this prophet, is not certainly known. It is morally certain, however, that he was in Judea at the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus; that he had heard much of him; that this would be a subject of discussion; and it was natural for him, in returning, to look at the prophecies respecting the Messiah, either to meditate on them as a suitable subject of inquiry and thought, or to examine the claims of Jesus of Nazareth to this office. The prophecy in Isaiah 53:1-12; was so striking, and coincided so clearly with the character of Jesus, that it was natural for a candid mind to examine whether "he" might not be the person intended by the prophet. On this narrative we may remark:

    (1) It is a proper and profitable employment, upon returning from "worship," to examine the Sacred Scriptures.

    (2) it is well to be in the habit of reading the Scriptures when we are on a journey. It may serve to keep the heart from worldly objects, and secure the affections for God.

    (3) it is well at all times to read the Bible. It is one of the means of grace. And it is when we are searching his will that we obtain light and comfort. The sinner should examine with a candid mind the sacred volume. It may be the means of conducting him in the true path of salvation.

    (4) God often gives us light in regard to the meaning of the Bible in unexpected modes. How little did this eunuch expect to be enlightened in the manner in which he actually was. Yet God, who intended to instruct and save him, sent the living teacher (Philip), and opened to him the Scriptures, and led him to the Saviour.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 8:28

    8:28 Sitting in his chariot, he read the Prophet Isaiah - God meeteth those that remember him in his ways. It is good to read, hear, seek information even in a journey. Why should we not redeem all our time?