Acts 8:26-40 Bible in Basic English

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26  But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, Get up, and go to the south, to the road which goes from Jerusalem to Gaza, through the waste land. 27  And he went and there was a man of Ethiopia, a servant of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, and controller of all her property, who had come up to Jerusalem for worship; 28  He was going back, seated in his carriage, and was reading the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29  And the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and get on his carriage. 30  And Philip, running up to him, saw that he was reading Isaiah the prophet, and said to him, Is the sense of what you are reading clear to you? 31  And he said, How is that possible when I have no guide? And he made Philip get up by his side. 32  Now the place in the book where he was reading was this: He was taken, like a sheep, to be put to death; and as a lamb is quiet when its wool is being cut, so he made no sound: 33  Being of low degree, his cause was not given a hearing: who has knowledge of his family? for his life is cut off from the earth. 34  And the Ethiopian said to Philip, About whom are these words said by the prophet? about himself, or some other? 35  So Philip, starting from this writing, gave him the good news about Jesus. 36  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? 37  [] 38  And he gave orders for the carriage to be stopped, and the two of them went down into the water, and Philip gave him baptism. 39  And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away; and the Ethiopian saw him no more, for he went on his way full of joy. 40  But Philip came to Azotus, and went through all the towns, preaching the good news, till he came to Caesarea.

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