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1 Saul approved of putting Stephen to death. On that day widespread persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem. Most believers, except the apostles, were scattered throughout 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 Devout men buried Stephen as they mourned loudly for him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 Saul tried to destroy the church. He dragged men and women out of one home after another and threw 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 The believers who were scattered went from place to place, where they spread the word. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Philip went to the city of Samaria and told people about the Messiah. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said. They listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 Evil spirits screamed as they came out of the many people they had possessed. Many paralyzed and lame people were cured. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 As a result, that city was extremely happy. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 A man named Simon lived in that city. He amazed the people of Samaria with his practice of magic. He claimed that he was great. 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 children to adults paid attention to him. They said, "This man is the power of God, and that power 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 They paid attention to Simon because he had amazed them for a long time with his practice of magic. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 However, when Philip spread the Good News about the kingdom of God and the one named Jesus Christ, men and women believed him and 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 believed, and after he was baptized, he became devoted to Philip. Simon was amazed to see the miracles and impressive things that were happening. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the Samaritans had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 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 to Samaria and prayed that the Samaritans would receive the Holy Spirit. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 (Before this the Holy Spirit had not come to any of the Samaritans. 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 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 Simon saw that the Spirit was given to the Samaritans when the apostles placed their hands on them. So he offered Peter and John money 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
19 and said, "Give me this power so that anyone I place my hands on 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 told Simon, "May your money be destroyed with you because you thought you could buy God's gift. 20 Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!
21 You won't have any share in this because God can see how twisted your thinking is. 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 So change your wicked thoughts, and ask the Lord if he will forgive you for thinking like this. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
23 I can see that you are bitter with jealousy and wrapped up in your evil ways." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me that none of the things you 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 they had boldly spoken about the message of the Lord, they spread the Good News in many Samaritan villages on their way back to Jerusalem. 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 said to Philip, "Get up, and take the desert road that goes south from Jerusalem to Gaza." 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 Philip went. An Ethiopian man who had come to Jerusalem to worship was on his way home. The man was a eunuch, a high-ranking official in charge of all the treasures of Queen Candace of Ethiopia. 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 As the official rode along in his carriage, he was reading the prophet Isaiah out loud. 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Spirit said to Philip, "Go to that carriage, and stay close to it." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 Philip ran to the carriage and could hear the official reading the prophet Isaiah out loud. Philip asked him, "Do you understand what you're 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 official answered, "How can I understand unless someone guides me?" So he invited Philip to sit with him in his carriage. 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 part of the Scriptures that the official was reading: "He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. He was like a sheep that is silent when its wool is cut off. 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 When he humbled himself, he was not judged fairly. Who from his generation will talk about his life on earth being cut short?" 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 official said to Philip, "I would like to know who the prophet is talking about. 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 Then Philip spoke. Starting with that passage, Philip told the official the Good News about Jesus. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water. The official said to Philip, "Look, there's some water. What can 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?"
37 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 The official ordered the carriage to stop. He and Philip stepped into the water, and Philip 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 When they had stepped out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away. The official joyfully continued on his way and didn't see Philip again. 39 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
40 Philip found himself in the city of Azotus. He traveled through all the cities and spread the Good News until he came to the city of Caesarea. 40