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1 And Saul approved of their killing him. That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside 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 Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he 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 Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that 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 unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; and many others who were paralyzed or lame were cured. 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 Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was 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 All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, "This man is the power of God that 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 listened eagerly to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the good news about 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 Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place. 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 at Jerusalem heard that Samaria 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 The two went down and 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 the Spirit had not come upon 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 Then 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 Now when Simon saw 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 saying, "Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands 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 to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain 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 have no part or share 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 Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 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 you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may happen to me." 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."
25 Now after Peter and John had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, proclaiming the good news 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 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a wilderness 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 got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He 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 was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to this chariot and join it." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. 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 He replied, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside 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 that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does 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 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away 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, "About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to 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 were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What is to prevent 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 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, 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 snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and 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 found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 40