And Saul1 was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered2 throughout Judea and Samaria.3
Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
But Saul4 began to destroy the church.5 Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.
Those who had been scattered6 preached the word wherever they went.7
Philip8 went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many,9 and many paralytics and cripples were healed.10
So there was great joy in that city.
Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery11 in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,12