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Acts 8:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Philip went down to the city of Samaria and [began] proclaiming Christ to them.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Philip, going down to a city of Samaria, preached the Christ to them;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, Philip, going down unto the city of Samaria, proclaimed unto them the Christ.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Philip having gone down to a city of Samaria, was preaching to them the Christ,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Philip, going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then Philip went downe to the citie of Samaria, and preached Christ vnto them.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But Philipos descended to a city of the Shomroyee, and preached concerning the Meshiha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And Philip went down to a city of the Samaritans, and preached concerning the Messiah.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
Philip 5376
{5376} Prime
From G5384 and G2462; fond of horses; Philippus, the name of four Israelites.
went down 2718
{2718} Prime
From G2596 and G2064 (including its alternate); to come (or go) down (literally or figuratively).
<5631> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 889
to 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the city 4172
{4172} Prime
Probably from the same as G4171, or perhaps from G4183; a town (properly with walls, of greater or less size).
of Samaria, 4540
{4540} Prime
Of Hebrew origin [H8111]; Samaria (that is, Shomeron), a city and region of Palestine.
and preached 2784
{2784} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel).
<5707> Grammar
Tense - Imperfect (See G5775)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 855
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
unto them. 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Acts 8:5

_ _ Acts 8:5-25. Success of Philip’s preaching in Samaria — Case of Simon Magus.

_ _ Then Philip — not the apostle of that name, as was by some of the Fathers supposed; for besides that the apostles remained at Jerusalem, they would in that case have had no occasion to send a deputation of their own number to lay their hands on the baptized disciples [Grotius]. It was the deacon of that name, who comes next after Stephen in the catalogue of the seven, probably as being the next most prominent. The persecution may have been directed especially against Stephen’s colleagues [Meyer].

_ _ the city of Samaria — or “a city of Samaria”; but the former seems more likely. “It furnished the bridge between Jerusalem and the world” [Baumgarten].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 8:4-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 8:5

Stephen — Being taken away, Philip, his next colleague, (not the apostle,) rises in his place.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Acts 8:5

(4) Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

(4) Philip, who was before a deacon in Jerusalem, is made an evangelist by God in an extraordinary way.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Acts 8:14-15 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: ... Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
Acts 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Acts 21:8 And the next [day] we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.

the city:
Rather, "to a city of Samaria," εις [Strong's G1519], πολις της Σαμαρειας, for the city of Samaria had been utterly destroyed by Hyrcanus, and the city built by Herod on its site was called Σεβαστη, that is, Augusta, in honour of Augustus. Samaria comprised the tract of country formerly occupied by the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, west of Jordan, lying between Judea and Galilee, beginning, says Josephus, at Ginea in the great plain, and ending at the toparchy of Acrabateni.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Matthew 10:5-6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: ... But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.


Acts 8:35-37 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. ... And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
Acts 17:2-3 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, ... Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
John 4:25-26 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. ... Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].
1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
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Mt 10:5. Jn 4:25. Ac 1:8; 5:42; 6:5; 8:1, 14, 35, 40; 9:20; 17:2; 21:8. 1Co 1:23; 2:2; 3:11.

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