Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him.
But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison.
Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word.
Philip went down to the city a of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah b to them.
The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did,
for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; and many others who were paralyzed or lame were cured.
So there was great joy in that city.
Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great.
All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called Great."
And they listened eagerly to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
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