51Philipwentdown to the city of Samaria and began proclaimingaChrist to them.
The crowds with oneaccord were givingattention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the bsignswhich he was performing.
For in the case of many who had2uncleanspirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loudvoice; and many who had been 3paralyzed and lame were healed.
8So there was 4muchrejoicing in that city.
9Now there was a mannamedSimon, who formerly was practicing5magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, 6claiming to be someonegreat;
and they all, from smallest to greatest, were givingattention to him, saying, "7Thisman is what is called the GreatPower of God."
And they were giving him attentionbecause he had for a longtimeastonished them with his 8magicarts.
But when they believedPhilip9preaching the goodnewsabout the kingdom of God and the name of JesusChrist, they were being 10baptized, men and womenalike.
13EvenSimonhimselfbelieved; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed11signs and 12greatmiraclestakingplace, he was constantly amazed.
14Now when 13the apostles in Jerusalemheard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them 14Peter and John,
15whocamedown and prayed for them 15that they might receive the HolySpirit.
For He had 16not yetfallen upon any of them; they had simplybeen17baptizedcin the name of the LordJesus.
17Then they 18began laying their hands on them, and they were 19receiving the HolySpirit.
18Now when Simonsaw that the Spirit was bestowedthrough the laying on of the apostles'hands, he offered them money,
19saying, "Givethisauthority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the HolySpirit."
But Petersaid to him, "May your silverperish with you, because you thought you could 20obtain the gift of God with money!
"You have 21nopartorportion in thisdmatter, for your heart is not 22rightbeforeGod.
22"Thereforerepent of thiswickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, 23ifpossible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
"For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in 24the ebondage of iniquity."
But Simonanswered and said, "25Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
25So, when they had solemnly26testified and spoken27the word of the Lord, they startedback to Jerusalem, and were 28preaching the gospel to manyvillages of the 29Samaritans.
But 30an angel of the Lordspoke to 31Philipsaying, "Get up and gosouth to the road that descends from Jerusalem to 32Gaza." (fThis is a desert road. )
27So he got up and went; and 33there was an Ethiopianeunuch, a courtofficial of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he 34had come to Jerusalem to worship,
and he was returning and sitting in his gchariot, and was reading the prophetIsaiah.
29Then35the Spiritsaid to Philip, "Go up and jointhishchariot."
30Philipran up and heard him readingIsaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understandwhat you are reading?"
And he said, "Well, howcould I, unlesssomeoneguides me?" And he invitedPhilip to come up and sit with him.
32Now the passage of Scripturewhich he was reading was this: "36HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER; AND AS A LAMBBEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT, SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.
"37IN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKENAWAY; WHO WILL iRELATE HIS jGENERATION? FOR HIS LIFE IS REMOVED FROM THE EARTH."
The eunuchansweredPhilip and said, "Please tell me, of whom does the prophetsaythis? Of himselfor of someoneelse?"
35ThenPhilip38opened his mouth, and 39beginning from thisScripture he 40preachedJesus to him.
As they wentalong the road they came to somewater; and the eunuchsaid, "Look! Water! 41Whatprevents me from being baptized?"
[kAnd Philipsaid, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that JesusChrist is the Son of God."]
And he ordered the lchariot to stop; and they bothwentdown into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.
39When they came up out of the water, 42the Spirit of the LordsnatchedPhilipaway; and the eunuchnolongersaw him, mbut went on his wayrejoicing.
But Philipnfound himself at o43Azotus, and as he passedthrough he 44kept preaching the gospel to all the citiesuntil he came to 45Caesarea.