Acts 8
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1And Saul was there, giving approval to Stephen’s death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.1And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2God-fearing men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him.2Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
3But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.3But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
4Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.4Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
5Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them.5Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
6The crowds gave their undivided attention to Philip’s message and the signs they saw him perform.6And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did.
7With loud shrieks, unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, and many of the paralyzed and lame were healed.7For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
8So there was great joy in that city.8So there was much joy in that city.
9Prior to that time, a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and astounded the people of Samaria. He claimed to be someone great,9But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great.
10and all the people, from the least to the greatest, heeded his words and said, “This man is the divine power called the Great Power.”10They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.”
11They paid close attention to him because he had astounded them for a long time with his sorcery.11And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
12But when they believed Philip as he preached the gospel of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.12But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. He followed Philip closely and was astounded by the great signs and miracles he observed.13Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.14Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
15On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit.15who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16For the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.16for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.17Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
18When Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money.18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,
19“Give me this power as well,” he said, “so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”19saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20But Peter replied, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!20But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
21You have no part or share in our ministry, because your heart is not right before God.21You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
22Repent, therefore, of your wickedness, and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for the intent of your heart.22Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
23For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and captive to iniquity.”23For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”
24Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me, so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”24And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
25And after Peter and John had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many of the Samaritan villages.25Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go south to the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.
27So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official in charge of the entire treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship,27And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship
28and on his return was sitting in his chariot, reading Isaiah the prophet.28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that chariot and stay by it.”29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
30So Philip ran up and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31“How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.31And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so He did not open His mouth.32Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like 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 humiliation He was deprived of justice. Who can recount His descendants? For His life was removed from the earth.”33In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34“Tell me,” said the eunuch, “who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”
35Then Philip began with this very Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
36As they traveled along the road and came to some water, the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is there to prevent me from being baptized?”36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
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38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing.39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
40But Philip appeared at Azotus and traveled through that region, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.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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