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1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 1 And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
2 And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and dragging men and women committed them to prison. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.
4 They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 For [from] many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 And there was much joy in that city. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,
10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of God which is called Great. 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is the divine power known as the Great Power."
11 And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 And Simon also himself believed: and being baptized, he continued with Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles wrought, he was amazed. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
15 who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
19 saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit. 19 and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money. 20 Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right before God. 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
23 For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the things which ye have spoken come upon me. 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."
25 They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. 25 When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
26 But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert. 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road--the desert road--that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza."
27 And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.
31 And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him. 31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth: 32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth."
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other? 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?"
37 [And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.] 37 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 38 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing. 39 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea. 40