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1 Saul was in full agreement with Stephen's murder. At that time, the church in Jerusalem began to be subjected to vicious harassment. Everyone except the apostles was scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria. 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 Some pious men buried Stephen and deeply grieved over him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 Saul began to wreak havoc against the church. Entering one house after another, he would drag off both men and women and throw them into 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 Those who had been scattered moved on, preaching the good news along the way. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and began to preach Christ to them. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 The crowds were united by what they heard Philip say and the signs they saw him perform, and they gave him their undivided attention. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 With loud shrieks, unclean spirits came out of many people, and many who were paralyzed or crippled were healed. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 There was great rejoicing in that city. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 Before Philip's arrival, a certain man named Simon had practiced sorcery in that city and baffled the people of Samaria. He claimed to be a great person. 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 Everyone, from the least to the greatest, gave him their undivided attention and referred to him as "the power of God 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 He had their attention because he had baffled them with sorcery for a long time. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 After they came to believe Philip, who preached the good news about God's kingdom and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 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 Even Simon himself came to believe and was baptized. Afterward, he became one of Philip's supporters. As he saw firsthand the signs and great miracles that were happening, he was astonished. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 When word reached the apostles in Jerusalem that Samaria had accepted God's word, they commissioned Peter and John to go to Samaria. 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
15 Peter and John went down to Samaria where they prayed that the new believers would receive the Holy Spirit. ( 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 This was because the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen on any of them; they had only been baptized in 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 So Peter and John laid 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 When Simon perceived that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, 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 He said, "Give me this authority too so that anyone on whom I lay my hands will 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 Peter responded, "May your money be condemned to hell along with you because you believed you could buy God's gift with money! 20 Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!
21 You can have no part or share in God's word because your heart isn't right with God. 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 Therefore, change your heart and life! Turn from your wickedness! Plead with the Lord in the hope that your wicked intent can be forgiven, 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 your bitterness has poisoned you and evil has you in chains." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Simon replied, "All of you, please, plead to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said will happen to me!" 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."
25 After the apostles had testified and proclaimed the Lord's word, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the good news to many Samaritan villages along the way. 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 An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, "At noon, take the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a desert road.) 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 So he did. Meanwhile, an Ethiopian man was on his way home from Jerusalem, where he had come to worship. He was a eunuch and an official responsible for the entire treasury of Candace. (Candace is the title given to the Ethiopian queen.) 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 He was reading the prophet Isaiah while sitting in his carriage. 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Spirit told Philip, "Approach this carriage and stay with it." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 Running up to the carriage, Philip heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, "Do you really understand what you are reading?" 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 The man replied, "Without someone to guide me, how could I?" Then he invited Philip to climb 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 This was the passage of scripture he was reading: Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent so he didn't open 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 justice was taken away from him. Who can tell the story of his descendants because his life was 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 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, about whom does the prophet say this? Is he talking about himself or someone else?" 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
35 Starting with that passage, Philip proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they went down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, "Look! Water! What would keep me from being 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?"
38 He ordered that the carriage halt. Both Philip and the eunuch went down to the water, where Philip baptized him. 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Lord's Spirit suddenly took Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. 39 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.
40 Philip found himself in Azotus. He traveled through that area, preaching the good news in all the cities until he reached Caesarea. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.