Why not baptism? (Acts 8:36)

“As they were going

Along the road,

They came to some water.

The eunuch said.


Here is water!

What is to prevent me

From being baptized?’”

ὡς δὲ ἐπορεύοντο κατὰ τὴν ὁδόν, ἦλθον ἐπί τι ὕδωρ, καί φησιν ὁ εὐνοῦχος Ἰδοὺ ὕδωρ· τί κωλύει με βαπτισθῆναι;

The author of Acts indicated that as they were going on their journey (ὡς δὲ ἐπορεύοντο) along the road (κατὰ τὴν ὁδόν), they came (ἦλθον) to some water (ἐπί τι ὕδωρ).  The eunuch (ὁ εὐνοῦχος) said or declared (καί φησιν) that here was some water (Ἰδοὺ ὕδωρ).  What would prevent him (τί κωλύει με) from being baptized (βαπτισθῆναι)?  As they went on their journey, they came to some water.  Then the eunuch wanted to know why he could not be baptized right there.  Where there any obstacles to his baptism?  Philip, according to the text, had not mentioned baptism.  However, this unnamed Ethiopian wanted to be baptized.  Do you think that baptism should be easy for people?

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