1AndSaulwasconsenting unto hisdeath.Andatthattime there was a greatpersecutionagainst the churchwhich was atJerusalem;and they wereall scattered abroadthroughout the regions of JudaeaandSamaria,except the apostles.2AnddevoutmencarriedStephen to his burial, andmadegreatlamentationoverhim.3As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering intoeveryhouse, and halingmenandwomencommitted them toprison.4Thereforethey that were scattered abroad went every wherepreaching the word.5ThenPhilip went downto the city of Samaria, and preachedChrist unto them.6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philipspake , hearingandseeing the miracleswhich he did .
7Foruncleanspirits,crying with loudvoice, came out of many that were possessed with them: andmany taken with palsies , and that were lame, were healed .
8And there wasgreatjoyinthatcity.9But there was a certainman,calledSimon, which beforetimein the same city used sorcery , andbewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himselfwassome great one:10
To whom they all gave heed , from the leastto the greatest,saying , This manis the greatpower of God.11And to him they had regard , because that of longtime he had bewitchedthem with sorceries.12Butwhen they believedPhilippreaching the things concerning the kingdom of God,and the name of JesusChrist, they were baptized , bothmenandwomen.13ThenSimonhimselfbelievedalso:and when he was baptized , he continued with Philip,andwondered , beholding the miraclesaandsignswhich were done .
14Now when the apostleswhich were atJerusalemheardthatSamaria had received the word of God, they sentuntothemPeterandJohn:15Who, when they were come down , prayedforthem,that they might receive the HolyGhost:16
(For as yet he wasfallenuponnone of them:onlytheywerebaptizedin the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17Then laid they their handsonthem,and they received the HolyGhost.18And when Simonsawthatthrough laying on of the apostles'hands the HolyGhost was given , he offeredthemmoney,19Saying , Give me alsothispower,thatonwhomsoeverIlayhands, he may receive the HolyGhost.20ButPetersaiduntohim,Thymoneyperishwiththee,because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchasedwithmoney.21Thouhastneitherpartnorlotinthismatter:forthyheartisnotright in the sight of God.22Repentthereforeofthisthywickedness,andprayGod,ifperhaps the thought of thineheart may be forgiventhee.23For I perceive that thouartin the gall of bitterness,and in the bond of iniquity.24ThenansweredSimon, and said , Prayyeto the Lordforme,that none of these thingswhich ye have spokencomeuponme.25
And they, whenthey had testifiedandpreached the word of the Lord,returnedtoJerusalem,and preached the gospel in manyvillages of the Samaritans.