11Saul was in heartyagreement with putting him to death. And on that day a greatpersecutionabeganagainst2 the church in Jerusalem, and they were all3scatteredthroughout the regions of Judea and 4Samaria, except the apostles.
Some devoutmenburiedStephen, and madeloudlamentationover him.
But 5Saul began ravaging the church, enteringhouseafterhouse, and 6dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.
4Therefore, those7who had been scatteredwentaboutb8preaching the word.
59Philipwentdown to the city of Samaria and began proclaimingcChrist to them.
The crowds with oneaccord were givingattention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the dsignswhich he was performing.
For in the case of many who had10uncleanspirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loudvoice; and many who had been 11paralyzed and lame were healed.
8So there was 12muchrejoicing in that city.
9Now there was a mannamedSimon, who formerly was practicing13magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, 14claiming to be someonegreat;
and they all, from smallest to greatest, were givingattention to him, saying, "15Thisman is what is called the GreatPower of God."
And they were giving him attentionbecause he had for a longtimeastonished them with his 16magicarts.
But when they believedPhilip17preaching the goodnewsabout the kingdom of God and the name of JesusChrist, they were being 18baptized, men and womenalike.
13EvenSimonhimselfbelieved; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed19signs and 20greatmiraclestakingplace, he was constantly amazed.
14Now when 21the apostles in Jerusalemheard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them 22Peter and John,
15whocamedown and prayed for them 23that they might receive the HolySpirit.
For He had 24not yetfallen upon any of them; they had simplybeen25baptizedein the name of the LordJesus.
17Then they 26began laying their hands on them, and they were 27receiving 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 28obtain the gift of God with money!
"You have 29nopartorportion in thisfmatter, for your heart is not 30rightbeforeGod.
22"Thereforerepent of thiswickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, 31ifpossible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
"For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in 32the gbondage of iniquity."
But Simonanswered and said, "33Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
25So, when they had solemnly34testified and spoken35the word of the Lord, they startedback to Jerusalem, and were 36preaching the gospel to manyvillages of the 37Samaritans.
But 38an angel of the Lordspoke to 39Philipsaying, "Get up and gosouth to the road that descends from Jerusalem to 40Gaza." (hThis is a desert road. )
27So he got up and went; and 41there was an Ethiopianeunuch, a courtofficial of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he 42had come to Jerusalem to worship,
and he was returning and sitting in his ichariot, and was reading the prophetIsaiah.
29Then43the Spiritsaid to Philip, "Go up and jointhisjchariot."
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: "44HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER; AND AS A LAMBBEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT, SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.
"45IN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKENAWAY; WHO WILL kRELATE HIS lGENERATION? FOR HIS LIFE IS REMOVED FROM THE EARTH."
The eunuchansweredPhilip and said, "Please tell me, of whom does the prophetsaythis? Of himselfor of someoneelse?"
35ThenPhilip46opened his mouth, and 47beginning from thisScripture he 48preachedJesus to him.
As they wentalong the road they came to somewater; and the eunuchsaid, "Look! Water! 49Whatprevents me from being baptized?"
[mAnd 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 nchariot 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, 50the Spirit of the LordsnatchedPhilipaway; and the eunuchnolongersaw him, obut went on his wayrejoicing.
But Philippfound himself at q51Azotus, and as he passedthrough he 52kept preaching the gospel to all the citiesuntil he came to 53Caesarea.