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Acts 8:26

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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

8:26 Then an angel of the Lord 1  said to Philip, 2  “Get up and go south 3  on the road that goes down from Jerusalem 4  to Gaza.” (This is a desert 5  road.) 6 

1 tn Or “the angel of the Lord.” See the note on the word “Lord” in 5:19.

2 tn Grk “Lord spoke to Philip, saying.” The redundant participle λέγων (legwn) has not been translated.

3 tn Or “Get up and go about noon.” The phrase κατὰ μεσημβρίαν (kata meshmbrian) can be translated either “about noon” (L&N 67.74) or “toward the south” (L&N 82.4). Since the angel’s command appears to call for immediate action (“Get up”) and would not therefore need a time indicator, a directional reference (“toward the south”) is more likely here.

4 map For the location of Jerusalem see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

5 tn Or “wilderness.”

6 tn The words “This is a desert road” are probably best understood as a comment by the author of Acts, but it is possible they form part of the angel’s speech to Philip, in which case the verse would read: “Get up and go south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza – the desert road.”

sn The concluding note about the road appears to be a parenthetical note by the author.



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