Acts 8

Saul Ravages the Church

1And aSaul bapproved of his execution.

And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and cthey were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3But dSaul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he edragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Philip Proclaims Christ in Samaria

4Now fthose who were scattered went about preaching the word. 5 gPhilip went down to the city
Some manuscripts a city
of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
6 iAnd the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him jand saw the signs that he did. 7For kunclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8So lthere was much joy in that city.

Simon the Magician Believes

9But there was a man named Simon, mwho had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, nsaying that he himself was somebody great. 10They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, o“This man is the power of God that is called pGreat.” 11And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had qamazed them with his magic. 12But when rthey believed Philip as he preached good news sabout the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, tthey were baptized, both men and women. 13Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And useeing signs and vgreat miracles
Greek works of power
performed, xhe was amazed.

14Now when ythe apostles at Jerusalem heard that zSamaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15who came down and prayed for them aathat they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16for abhe had not yet acfallen on any of them, but adthey had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then aethey laid their hands on them and afthey received the Holy Spirit. 18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostleshands, he offered them money, 19saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20But Peter said to him, ag“May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God ahwith money! 21You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for aiyour heart is not right before God. 22Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, ajif possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23For I see that you are in akthe gall
That is, a bitter fluid secreted by the liver; bile
of bitterness and in amthe bond of iniquity.”
24And Simon answered, anPray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

25Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, aopreaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26Now apan angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south
Or  go at about noon
to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.
27And he rose and went. And there was an arEthiopian, a aseunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, atwho was in charge of all her treasure. auHe had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading? 31And he said, avHow can I, unless someone awguides me?” And axhe invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

ayLike a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33In his azhumiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and babeginning with this Scripture bbhe told him the good news about Jesus. 36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! bcWhat prevents me from being baptized?”
Some manuscripts add all or most of verse 37: And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, bethe Spirit of the Lord bfcarried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

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