I need a guide (Acts 8:31)

“The Ethiopian eunuch replied.

‘How can I?

Unless someone guides me?’

He invited Philip

To get into the carriage

To sit beside him.”

ὁ δὲ εἶπεν Πῶς γὰρ ἂν δυναίμην ἐὰν μή τις ὁδηγήσει με; παρεκάλεσέν τε τὸν Φίλιππον ἀναβάντα καθίσαι σὺν αὐτῷ.

The author of Acts indicated that this Ethiopian eunuch replied (ὁ δὲ εἶπεν) that he was not able (γὰρ ἂν δυναίμην) to understand it, unless someone would guide him (ἐὰν μή τις ὁδηγήσει με).  He invited (παρεκάλεσέν τε) Philip (τὸν Φίλιππον) to get into (ἀναβάντα) the carriage and sit (καθίσαι) beside him (σὺν αὐτῷ).  This man in the chariot replied to Philip that he was not able to understand Isaiah without a guide to help him.  Thus, he invited Philip to sit beside him in his carriage and help him understand the book of Isaiah.  Although he could read and get the words, he did not understand the meaning of what he was reading.  Have you ever read a book that you did not understand?

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