Acts 8

CHAPTER 8

The Persecution of the Assembly

And Saul was assenting with his removal. And came to pass in that day [2persecution 1a great] against the assembly, the one in Jerusalem; and all were dispersed throughout the places of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. [4collected up 1And 5Stephen 3men 2reverent], and were making [2beating of the breast 1a great] over him. But Saul laid waste the assembly [2by houses 1entering]. Dragging both men and women, he delivered them up into prison. The ones then being scattered went through announcing good news -- the word. And Philip going down unto a city of Samaria, proclaimed to them the Christ. [4took heed 1And 2the 3multitudes] to the things being said by Philip with one accord, in their hearing and seeing the signs which he did. For many of the ones having [2spirits 1unclean], yelling [2voice 1a great] came forth; and many having been disabled and lame were cured. And came to pass [2joy 1a great] in that city.

Simon and the Magic Arts

[3man 1And 2a certain], by name Simon, beforehand in the city was practicing magic, and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying [2to be 3some 1himself] great one. 10 To whom all gave heed from small unto great, saying, This one is the power of the [2God 1great]. 11 And they were giving heed to him, because for a fit amount of time with the magic he amazed them. 12 And when they believed Philip announcing good news, the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were immersed, both men and women. 13  And Simon even himself believed, and having been immersed, was constantly attending to Philip; and viewing works of power and signs being done he was amazed. 14 [6having heard 1And 2the 4in 5Jerusalem 3apostles] that Samaria received the word of God, sent to them Peter and John. 15 Who having gone down prayed concerning them, that they should receive [2spirit 1holy]. 16 For not yet was it [2upon 3any one 4of them 1falling]; but only [2immersed 1being] in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they placed the hands upon them, and they received [2spirit 1holy]. 18 [3seeing 1And 2Simon] that through the laying on of the hands of the apostles [4was given 1the 3spirit 2holy], he brought to them things, 19 saying, Give to me also this authority, that whom ever I should place the hands should receive [2spirit 1holy]. 20 And Peter said to him, [2your money 4with 5you 1May 3be] unto destruction, for [2the 3gift 4of God 1you thought 6by 7things 5is to be acquired]. 21 There is no portion to you nor lot in this matter; for your heart is not straight before God. 22 Repent then from [2your evil 1this], and beseech God! if then [4shall be forgiven 5you 1the 2thought 3of your heart]; 23 for in bile of bitterness, and bond of unrighteousness I see you being. 24 And responding Simon said, You beseech for me to the Lord! so that nothing should come upon me of which you have said. 25 They indeed then, testifying and having spoken the word of the Lord, returned unto Jerusalem, and in many towns of the Samaritans they announced good news.

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 And an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Rise up and go according to the south! unto the way going down from Jerusalem unto Gaza; this is wilderness. 27 And having risen up he went. And behold, there was an Ethiopian man, a eunuch, a mighty one of Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasury, who had come to do obeisance in Jerusalem. 28 And he was returning, and sitting upon his chariot. And he read the prophet Isaiah. 29 [4said 1And 2the 3spirit] to Philip, Draw near and join to this chariot. 30 And running up, Philip heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Then indeed you know what you read? 31  And he said, For how might I be able, unless someone should guide me? And he appealed to Philip having ascended to sit with him. 32 And the section of the scripture which he read was this, As a sheep unto slaughter he was led, and as a lamb before the one shearing it is voiceless, so he opens not his mouth. 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away. And [3his generation 1who 2shall describe], for [2is taken 3from 4the 5earth 1his life]? 34 [4responding 1And 2the 3eunuch] to Philip, said, I beseech you, concerning whom [2prophet 3speak 1does this]? concerning himself, or concerning some other? 35 [3having opened 1And 2Philip] his mouth, and having begun from this scripture, announced good news to him -- Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the way, they came upon some water. And [3says 1the 2eunuch], Behold, water, what prevents me to be immersed? 37 [3said 1And 2Philip], If you believe of your entire heart, it is allowed. And responding he said, I believe [4the 5son 6of God 3to be 1Jesus 2Christ]. 38 And he urged [3to stop 1the 2chariot]. And [2went down 1both] into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he immersed him. 39 And when they ascended from out of the water, spirit of the Lord seized Philip by force, and [3did not 4see 5him 6any longer 1the 2eunuch]; for he went his way rejoicing. 40 And Philip was found in Azotus; and going through he announced good news to [2the 3cities 1all] until he came unto Caesarea.
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