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1 Saul was one of the official witnesses at the killing of Stephen. A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem, and all the believers except the apostles fled into 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 godly men came and buried Stephen with loud weeping.) 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 Saul was going everywhere to devastate the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into 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 But the believers who had fled Jerusalem went everywhere preaching the Good News about Jesus. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 Crowds listened intently to what he had to say because of the miracles 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 Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 So there was great joy in that city. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, claiming to be someone 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 The Samaritan people, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as "the Great One -- the Power of God." 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 was very influential because of the magic he performed. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 But now the people believed Philip's message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many 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 Then Simon himself believed and was baptized. He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the great miracles and signs Philip performed. 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 back in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God's message, they sent Peter and John there. 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
15 As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new Christians to receive the Holy Spirit. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for 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 laid their hands upon these believers, 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 saw that the Holy Spirit was given when the apostles placed their hands upon people's heads, he offered money to buy this power. 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
19 "Let me have this power, too," he exclaimed, "so that when I lay my hands on people, they 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 But Peter replied, "May your money perish with you for thinking God's gift can be bought! 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 in this, for your 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 Turn from your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, 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 can see that you are full of bitterness and held captive by sin." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 "Pray to the Lord for me," Simon exclaimed, "that these terrible things won't 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 testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News to them, too. 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 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, "Go south down the desert road that runs 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 he did, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone 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 now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and walk along beside the carriage." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah; so he asked, "Do you 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, "How can I, when there is no one to instruct me?" And he begged Philip to come up into the carriage 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 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter. And as a lamb is silent before the shearers, he did not 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 He was humiliated and received no justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For 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, "Was Isaiah 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 So Philip began with this same Scripture and then used many others to tell him 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 rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look! There's some 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?"
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 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down 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 came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but 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 Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the city of Azotus! He preached the Good News there and in every city along the way until he came to Caesarea. 40