Acts 8

Saul Persecutes the Church

a Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.

And on that day a great persecution
Lit occurred
began against c the church in Jerusalem, and they were all d scattered throughout the regions of Judea and e Samaria, except the apostles.
Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But f Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and g dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

Therefore, those h who had been scattered went about
Or bringing the good news of
,
j preaching the word.
k Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming
I.e. the Messiah
Christ to them.
The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the
Or attesting miracles
signs which he was performing.
For in the case of many who had n unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been o paralyzed and lame were healed. So there was p much rejoicing in that city.

Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing q magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria r claiming to be someone great; 10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying s This man is what is called the Great Power of God.” 11 And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his t magic arts. 12 But when they believed Philip u preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being v baptized, men and women alike. 13 Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed w signs and x great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.

14 Now when y the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them z Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them aa that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For He had ab not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been ac baptized
Lit into
in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they ae  began laying their hands on them, and they were af receiving the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could ag obtain the gift of God with money! 21 “You have ah no part or portion in this
Or teaching; lit word
matter, for your heart is not aj right before God.
22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, ak if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in al the
Lit bond
bondage of iniquity.”
24 But Simon answered and said an Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

An Ethiopian Receives Christ

25 So, when they had solemnly ao testified and spoken ap the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were aq preaching the gospel to many villages of the ar Samaritans.

26 But as an angel of the Lord spoke to at Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to au Gaza.” (
Or This city is deserted
This is a desert road.)
27 So he got up and went; and aw there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he ax had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his
Or carriage
chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29 Then az the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this
Or carriage
chariot.”
30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: bb He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33  bc In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will
Or describe
relate His
Or family or origin
generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”

34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip bf opened his mouth, and bg beginning from this Scripture he bh preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! bi What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [
Early mss do not contain this v
And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”]
38 And he ordered the
Or carriage
chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water bl the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him,
Lit for he was going
but went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip
Or was found
found himself at
OT: Ashdod
,
bp Azotus, and as he passed through he bq kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to br Caesarea.
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