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1 That set off a terrific persecution of the church in Jerusalem. The believers were all scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. All, that is, but 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 Good and brave men buried Stephen, giving him a solemn funeral - not many dry eyes that day! 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 And Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house after house, dragging men and women off to jail. 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 Forced to leave home base, the Christians all became missionaries. Wherever they were scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Going down to a Samaritan city, Philip proclaimed the Message of the Messiah. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 When the people heard what he had to say and saw the miracles, the clear signs of God's action, they hung on his every word. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 Many who could neither stand nor walk were healed that day. The evil spirits protested loudly as they were sent on their way. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 And what joy in the city! 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 Previous to Philip's arrival, a certain Simon had practiced magic in the city, posing as a famous man and dazzling all the Samaritans with his wizardry. 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 He had them all, from little children to old men, eating out of his hand. They all thought he had supernatural powers, and called him "the Great Wizard." 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 been around a long time and everyone was more or less in awe of him. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God's kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized, becoming believers right and left! 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 believed and was baptized. From that moment he was like Philip's shadow, so fascinated with all the God-signs and miracles that he wouldn't leave Philip's side. 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 received the report that Samaria had accepted God's Message, they sent Peter and John down 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
15 to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn't yet fallen on them. 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 the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
19 and said, "Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!" 19 and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
20 Peter said, "To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that's unthinkable - trying to 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'll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 Change your ways - and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. 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 this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 "Oh!" said Simon, "pray for me! Pray to the Master that nothing like that will ever happen to me!" 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."
25 And with that, the apostles were on their way, continuing to witness and spread the Message of God's salvation, preaching in every Samaritan town they passed through on their return 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 Later God's angel spoke to Philip: "At noon today I want you to walk over to that desolate road that goes from Jerusalem down 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 He got up and went. He met an Ethiopian eunuch coming down the road. The eunuch had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was returning to Ethiopia, where he was minister in charge of all the finances of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. 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 riding in a chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah. 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Spirit told Philip, "Climb into the chariot." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 Running up alongside, Philip heard the eunuch reading Isaiah and asked, "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 He answered, "How can I without some help?" and invited Philip into the chariot 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 The passage he was reading was this: As a sheep led to slaughter, and quiet as a lamb being sheared, He was silent, saying nothing. 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 He was mocked and put down, never got a fair trial. But who now can count his kin since he's been 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 said, "Tell me, who is the prophet talking about: himself or some other?" 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
35 Philip grabbed his chance. Using this passage as his text, he preached Jesus to him. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, "Here's water. Why can't I 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?"
38 He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot. 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 Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn't mind. He had what he'd come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be. 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 showed up in Azotus and continued north, preaching the Message in all the villages along that route until he arrived at Caesarea. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.