Acts 8:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Acts 8:33, NIV: In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.'

Acts 8:33, ESV: In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”

Acts 8:33, KJV: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

Acts 8:33, NASB: IN HUMILIATION HIS JUSTICE WAS TAKEN AWAY; WHO WILL DESCRIBE HIS GENERATION? FOR HIS LIFE IS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE EARTH.'

Acts 8:33, NLT: He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.'

Acts 8:33, CSB: In his humiliation justice was denied him.Who will describe his generation?For his life is taken from the earth.

What does Acts 8:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Philip, a Jesus-follower, has met with a traveling eunuch (Acts 8:26–32) and will soon explain how Isaiah 53:7–8 has recently been fulfilled. Isaiah 53 includes the account of the "Suffering Servant." It describes the Servant as a root growing from the dry ground, without any noble features, despised and rejected—seemingly by God. It says the Servant was pierced and crushed and took on our sins, but didn't defend Himself (Isaiah 53:1–7).

Philip goes on to explain that the Suffering Servant is Jesus (Acts 8:35). Jesus was humiliated; He was betrayed by a friend (Mark 14:43–50), denied by another (Mark 14:66–72), beaten and spat on by the guards of the Sanhedrin (Mark 14:65), and flogged and mocked by Pilate's guards (John 19:1–2). He was then pierced by the nails in His hands and feet and again by the spear (John 19:18, 34).

The last two lines are difficult to understand; the source material is a little clearer. Isaiah 53:8 says, "and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living?" The literal transliteration is, "and his generation, who considers?" It means that the people of Jesus' time and place didn't care that He was wrongly convicted, tortured, and executed. This is clearly seen by how easily the priests convinced the people to demand Jesus' death (Matthew 27:20–23).