Saul Persecutes the Church

1 1Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution began against2 the church in Jerusalem, and they were all3 scattered throughout the regions of Judea and 4 Samaria, except the apostles.

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Philip in Samaria

4 Therefore, those 7who had been scattered went about 8preaching the word.

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    • b 8:4 - Or "bringing the good news of"
      5 9Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them.

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        • c 8:5 - I.e. the Messiah
          6 The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing.

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            • d 8:6 - Or "attesting miracles"
              7 For in the case of many who had 10unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been 11paralyzed and lame were healed.

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              8 So there was 12much rejoicing in that city.

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              9 Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing 13magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, 14claiming to be someone great;

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              10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, "15This man is what is called the Great Power of God."

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              11 And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his 16magic arts.

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              12 But when they believed Philip 17preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being 18baptized, men and women alike.

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              13 Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed 19signs and 20great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.

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              14 Now when 21the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them 22Peter and John,

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              15 who came down and prayed for them 23that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

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              16 For He had 24not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been 25baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

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              17 Then they 26began laying their hands on them, and they were 27receiving the Holy Spirit.

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              18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
              19 saying, "Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
              20 But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could 28obtain the gift of God with money!

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              21 "You have 29no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not 30right before God.

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              22 "Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, 31if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.

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              23 "For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in 32the bondage of iniquity."

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              24 But Simon answered and said, "33Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."

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              An Ethiopian Receives Christ

              25 So, when they had solemnly 34testified and spoken 35the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were 36preaching the gospel to many villages of the 37Samaritans.

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