b. To an Ethiopian
26 But an aangel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Rise up and go south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to bGaza. This is the desert route.
27 And he rose up and went. And behold, an 1Ethiopian man, a aeunuch, a man in power under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her btreasure, had come to Jerusalem to 2cworship.
28 And he was returning and was sitting in his chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.
29 And the 1aSpirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot.
30 And when Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, Do you really know the things that you are reading?
31 And he said, How could I aunless someone guides me? And he entreated Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep 1aHe was led to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so He does bnot open His mouth.
33 In His ahumiliation His judgment was taken away. Who shall declare His generation? For His life is taken away from the earth.''
34 And the eunuch answered Philip and said, I beseech you, Concerning whom does the prophet say this? Concerning himself or concerning someone else?
35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this aScripture he bannounced Jesus as the gospel to him.
36 And as they were going along the road, they came upon some water, and the eunuch said, Look, 1water. What prevents me from being abaptized?
37 1And Philip said, If you believe from all your heart, you will be saved. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he ordered the chariot to stand still, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he abaptized him.
39 And when they came up aout of the water, the bSpirit of the Lord ccaught Philip away; and the eunuch did not see him anymore, for he went on his way drejoicing.