Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angel(A) of the Lord said to Philip,(B) “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a](C) eunuch,(D) an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,(E) 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told(F) Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b](G)

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began(H) with that very passage of Scripture(I) and told him the good news(J) about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”(K) [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away,(L) and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns(M) until he reached Caesarea.(N)

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  1. Acts 8:27 That is, from the southern Nile region
  2. Acts 8:33 Isaiah 53:7,8 (see Septuagint)
  3. Acts 8:37 Some manuscripts include here Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”


26 有主的一个使者对腓利说:“起来,向南走,往那从耶路撒冷加沙的路上去!”那路是旷野。 27 腓利就起身去了。不料,有一个埃塞俄比亚[a]人,是个有大权的太监,在埃塞俄比亚女王干大基的手下总管银库。他上耶路撒冷礼拜去了, 28 现在回来,在车上坐着,念先知以赛亚的书。 29 圣灵对腓利说:“你去,贴近那车走!” 30 腓利就跑到太监那里,听见他念先知以赛亚的书,便问他说:“你所念的你明白吗?” 31 他说:“没有人指教我,怎能明白呢?”于是请腓利上车与他同坐。 32 他所念的那段经说:“他像羊被牵到宰杀之地,又像羊羔在剪毛的人手下无声,他也是这样不开口。 33 他卑微的时候,人不按公义审判他[b]。谁能述说他的世代?因为他的生命从地上夺去。’ 34 太监对腓利说:“请问,先知说这话是指着谁?是指着自己呢,是指着别人呢?” 35 腓利就开口从这经上起,对他传讲耶稣。


36 二人正往前走,到了有水的地方,太监说:“看哪,这里有水!我受洗有什么妨碍呢?”[c] 38 于是吩咐车站住,腓利和太监二人同下水里去,腓利就给他施洗。 39 从水里上来,主的灵把腓利提了去。太监也不再见他了,就欢欢喜喜地走路。 40 后来有人在亚锁都遇见腓利;他走遍那地方,在各城宣传福音,直到恺撒利亚

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  1. 使徒行传 8:27 即古实,见《以赛亚书》18章1节。
  2. 使徒行传 8:33 原文作:他的审判被夺去。
  3. 使徒行传 8:36 有古卷在此有:37腓利说:“你若是一心相信,就可以。”他回答说:“我信耶稣基督是神的儿子。”