They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God1 and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,2 both men and women.
Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles3 he saw.
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria4 had accepted the word of God,5 they sent Peter and John6 to them.
When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,7
because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them;8 they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.9
Then Peter and John placed their hands on them,10 and they received the Holy Spirit.11
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!12
You have no part or share13 in this ministry, because your heart is not right14 before God.