Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying , "Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza ." (This is a desert road. ) 27 So he got up and went ; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch , a court official of Candace , queen of the Ethiopians , who was in charge of all her treasure ; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship , 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot , and was reading the prophet Isaiah . 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip , "Go up and join this chariot ." 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet , and said , "Do you understand what you are reading ?" 31 And he said , "Well , how could I, unless e someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this : " HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER ; AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT , SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH . 33 " IN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKEN AWAY ; WHO WILL RELATE HIS GENERATION ? FOR HIS LIFE IS REMOVED FROM THE EARTH ." 34 The eunuch answered Philip and said , "Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this ? Of himself or of someone else ?" 35 Then Philip opened his mouth , and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water ; and the eunuch said , "Look ! Water ! What prevents me from being baptized ?" 37 [And Philip said , "If you believe with all your heart , you may ." And he answered and said , "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God ."] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop ; and they both went down into the water , Philip as well as the eunuch , and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water , the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away ; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing . 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus , and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea .