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Acts 8:36

    Acts 8:36 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what does hinder me to be baptized?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And while they were going on their way, they came to some water, and the Ethiopian said, See, here is water; why may I not have baptism?

    Webster's Revision

    And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

    World English Bible

    As they went on the way, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Behold, here is water. What is keeping me from being baptized?"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

    Definitions for Acts 8:36

    Doth - To do; to produce; make.
    Hinder - Latter; rear; behind.

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 8:36

    See, here is water - He was not willing to omit the first opportunity that presented itself of his taking upon himself the profession of the Gospel. By this we may see that Philip had explained the whole of the Christian faith to him, and the way by which believers were brought into the Christian Church.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 8:36

    As they went on their way - In their journey.

    A certain water - The expression used here does not determine whether this was a river, a brook, or a standing pool. And there are no circumstances to determine that. It is well known, however, that there is no large river or very considerable stream in this vicinity. All that is intimated is that there was water enough to perform the rite of baptism. Grotius says they came "to a fountain which was in the neighborhood of Bethsora, in the tribe of Juda, at the twentieth milestone from Aelia (Jerusalem) to Hebron." This is, however, a tradition taken from Eusebius. The place is still shown (Pococke).

    What doth hinder me ... - This shows that he had been instructed by Philip on the nature and design of baptism. It evinces also a purpose at once to give himself to Christ, to profess his name, and to be dedicated to his service.

    To be baptized - On the meaning of the word "baptize" βαπτίζω baptizō, see all the notes on Matthew 3:6, Matthew 3:16.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 8:36

    8:36 And as they went on the way they came to a certain water - Thus, even the circumstances of the journey were under the direction of God. The kingdom of God suits itself to external circumstances, without any violence, as air yields to all bodies, and yet pervades all. What hindereth me to be baptized? - Probably he had been circumcised: otherwise Cornelius would not have been the first fruits of the Gentiles.