4Therefore, those1who had been scatteredwentabouta2preaching the word.
53Philipwentdown to the city of Samaria and began proclaimingbChrist to them.
The crowds with oneaccord were givingattention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the csignswhich he was performing.
For in the case of many who had4uncleanspirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loudvoice; and many who had been 5paralyzed and lame were healed.
8So there was 6muchrejoicing in that city.
9Now there was a mannamedSimon, who formerly was practicing7magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, 8claiming to be someonegreat;
and they all, from smallest to greatest, were givingattention to him, saying, "9Thisman is what is called the GreatPower of God."
And they were giving him attentionbecause he had for a longtimeastonished them with his 10magicarts.
But when they believedPhilip11preaching the goodnewsabout the kingdom of God and the name of JesusChrist, they were being 12baptized, men and womenalike.
13EvenSimonhimselfbelieved; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed13signs and 14greatmiraclestakingplace, he was constantly amazed.
14Now when 15the apostles in Jerusalemheard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them 16Peter and John,
15whocamedown and prayed for them 17that they might receive the HolySpirit.
For He had 18not yetfallen upon any of them; they had simplybeen19baptizeddin the name of the LordJesus.
17Then they 20began laying their hands on them, and they were 21receiving 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 22obtain the gift of God with money!
"You have 23nopartorportion in thisematter, for your heart is not 24rightbeforeGod.
22"Thereforerepent of thiswickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, 25ifpossible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
"For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in 26the fbondage of iniquity."
But Simonanswered and said, "27Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."