Acts 8:1-9 NIV

The Church Persecuted and Scattered

1 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

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2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 But Saul4 began to destroy the church.5 Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

4 Those who had been scattered6 preached the word wherever they went.7

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5 Philip8 went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christa there.

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    • a 8:5 - Or "Messiah"
      6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
      7 With shrieks, evilb spirits came out of many,9 and many paralytics and cripples were healed.10

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        • b 8:7 - Greek "unclean"
          8 So there was great joy in that city.

          Simon the Sorcerer

          9 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

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