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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Acts 8

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to v Philip, saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is 1 desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, w a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and x had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot." 30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 31 And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:
y "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
z So He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His a justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is b taken from the earth." 2

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?" 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, c and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. d What hinders me from being baptized?" 37 3 Then Philip said, e "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, f "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, g the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at 4 Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to h Caesarea.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 6:5
    And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 68:31
    Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
    Psalms 87:4
    "I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to those who know Me; Behold, O Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia: 'This one was born there.'"
    Isaiah 56:3
    Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the LORD Speak, saying, "The LORD has utterly separated me from His people"; Nor let the eunuch say, "Here I am, a dry tree.
    Zephaniah 3:10
    From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, The daughter of My dispersed ones, Shall bring My offering.
  3. Cross References
    1 Kings 8:41
    Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name's sake
    1 Kings 8:42
    (for they will hear of Your great name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this temple.
    John 12:20
    Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 53:7
    He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
    Isaiah 53:8
    He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 26:62
    And the high priest arose and said to Him, "Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?
    Matthew 26:63
    But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!
    Matthew 27:12
    And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
    Matthew 27:14
    But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
    John 19:9
    And went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer.
  6. Cross References
    Luke 23:1 - 25
    Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate.
  7. Cross References
    Luke 23:33 - 46
    And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
  8. Cross References
    Luke 24:27
    And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
    Acts 17:2
    Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures.
    Acts 18:28
    For he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.
    Acts 28:23
    So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 10:47
    "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"
    Acts 16:33
    And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 28:19
    Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    Mark 16:16
    He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
    Romans 10:9
    That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
    Romans 10:10
    For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 16:16
    Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
    John 6:69
    "Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
    John 9:35
    Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?
    John 9:38
    Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshiped Him.
    John 11:27
    She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.
  12. Cross References
    1 Kings 18:12
    And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of the LORD will carry you to a place I do not know; so when I go and tell Ahab, and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared the LORD from my youth.
    2 Kings 2:16
    Then they said to him, "Look now, there are fifty strong men with your servants. Please let them go and search for your master, lest perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shall not send anyone.
    Ezekiel 3:12
    Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: "Blessed is the glory of the LORD from His place!
    Ezekiel 3:14
    So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
    2 Corinthians 12:2
    I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago - whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows - such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
  13. Cross References
    Acts 21:8
    On the next day we who were Paul's companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
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