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Acts 8:36-38 The Voice (VOICE)

36 Eventually the chariot passed a body of water beside the road.

The Ethiopian: Since there is water here, is there anything that might prevent me from being ceremonially washed through baptism[a] and identified as a disciple of Jesus?

Philip: [37 If you believe in your heart that Jesus the Anointed is God’s Son, then nothing can stop you.

The Ethiopian said that he believed.][b]

Possibly a reference to the Jewish prohibition of full participation in temple worship by men who have been castrated—a prohibition he likely encounters in this very visit to Jerusalem.

38 He commanded the charioteer to stop the horses. Then Philip and the Ethiopian official walked together into the water. There Philip baptized[c] him, initiating him as a fellow disciple.


  1. 8:36 Literally, immersed, in a rite of initiation and purification
  2. 8:37 The earliest manuscripts omit verse 37.
  3. 8:38 Literally, immersed, in a rite of initiation and purification
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