Acts 8
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1Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.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.
2Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him.2Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
3But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would 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.
4Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.4Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
5Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them.5Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
6The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing.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.
7For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been 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 much rejoicing in that city.8So there was much joy in that city.
9Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming 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 they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, "This man is what is called the Great Power of God."10They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.”
11And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts.11And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
12But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.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 after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.13Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
14Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,14Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
15who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.15who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in 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 they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.17Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed 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,
19saying, "Give this authority to me as well, 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 said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain 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!
21"You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.21You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
22"Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.22Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
23"For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity."23For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”
24But Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."24And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
25So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.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.
26But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, "Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a desert road.)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 got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come 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 he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
30Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31And he said, "Well, how could I, 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.
32Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: "HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER; AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT, SO HE DOES 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.
33"IN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKEN AWAY; WHO WILL RELATE HIS GENERATION? FOR HIS LIFE IS 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.”
34The eunuch answered Philip and said, "Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of 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 opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
36As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents 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?”
37And 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."37
38And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he 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 snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, 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 found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities 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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