Acts 8:26
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English Standard Version
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.

King James Bible
And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

American Standard Version
But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert.

English Revised Version
But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise, and go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem to Gaza, which is desert.

Weymouth New Testament
And an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and proceed south to the road that runs down from Jerusalem to Gaza, crossing the Desert."

Acts 8:26 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The south (μεσημβρίαν)

A contracted form of μεσημερία, midday, noon, which is the rendering at Acts 22:6, the only other passage where it occurs. Rev. gives at noon in margin.

Desert

Referring to the route. On desert, see on Luke 15:4. There were several roads from Jerusalem to Gaza. One is mentioned by the way of Bethlehem to Hebron, and thence through a region actually called a desert.

Acts 8:26 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The angel.

Acts 5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

Acts 10:7,22 And when the angel which spoke to Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants...

Acts 12:8-11,23 And the angel said to him, Gird yourself, and bind on your sandals. And so he did. And he said to him, Cast your garment about you...

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

2 Kings 1:3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them...

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Arise.

1 Chronicles 22:16 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with you.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.

*etc:

Gaza.

Joshua 13:3 From Sihor, which is before Egypt, even to the borders of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanite...

Joshua 15:47 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, to the river of Egypt, and the great sea...

Zechariah 9:5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed...

desert. It is probable, that we should refer [eremos,] desert, not to Gaza, but to [hodos,] the way; though Gaza was situated at the entrance of the desert, and the ancient city was in ruins, being destroyed by Alexander.

Matthew 3:1-3 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea...

Luke 3:2-4 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness...

Cross References
Genesis 10:19
And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.

Acts 5:19
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,

Acts 8:5
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.

Acts 8:29
And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot."

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