Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery1 in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,2
and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is the divine power known as the Great Power."3
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 God4 and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,5 both men and women.
Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles6 he saw.