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1 And Saul gave approval to his death. Now at that time a violent attack was started against the church in Jerusalem; and all but the Apostles went away into all parts of Judaea 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 And God-fearing men put Stephen's body in its last resting-place, making great weeping over him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 But Saul was burning with hate against the church, going into every house and taking men and women and putting them in 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 But those who had gone in flight went everywhere preaching the word. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 And Philip went down to Samaria and was teaching them about Christ. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 And all the people gave attention to the words which Philip said, when they saw the signs which 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 came out from those who had them, crying with a loud voice; and a number of those who were ill and broken in body were made well. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 And there was much joy in that town. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man named Simon, who in the past had been a wonder-worker and a cause of surprise to the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was a great man: 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 To whom they all gave attention, from the smallest to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of God which is named 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 gave attention to him, because for a long time his wonder-working powers had kept them under his control. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 But when they had faith in the good news given by Philip about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, a number of men and women had baptism. 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 And Simon himself had faith and, having had baptism, he went with Philip and, seeing the signs and the great wonders which he did, he was full of surprise. 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 had news that the people of Samaria had taken the word of God into their hearts, they sent to them Peter and John; 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
15 Who, when they came there, made prayer for them, that the Holy Spirit might be given to them: 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 For up to that time he had not come on any of them; only baptism had been given to them 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 they put their hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came on them. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 Now when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the touch of the Apostles' hands, he made them an offering of money, saying, 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
19 Give me this power, so that when I put my hands on anyone he may get 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, May your money come to destruction with you, because you had the idea that what is freely given by God may be got for a price. 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 in this business, because 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 Let your heart be changed, and make prayer to God that you may have forgiveness for 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 see that you are prisoned in bitter envy and the chains of sin. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 And Simon, answering, said, Make prayer for me to the Lord, so that these things which you have said may not come on me. 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."
25 So they, having given their witness and made clear the word of the Lord, went back to Jerusalem, giving the good news on their way in a number of the small towns of Samaria. 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 But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, Get up, and go to the south, to the road which goes from Jerusalem to Gaza, through the waste land. 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 And he went and there was a man of Ethiopia, a servant of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, and controller of all her property, who had come up to Jerusalem for 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 He was going back, seated in his carriage, and was reading 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 And the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and get on his carriage. 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 And Philip, running up to him, saw that he was reading Isaiah the prophet, and said to him, Is the sense of what you are reading clear to you? 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 And he said, How is that possible when I have no guide? And he made Philip get up by his side. 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 place in the book where he was reading was this: He was taken, like a sheep, to be put to death; and as a lamb is quiet when its wool is being cut, so he made no sound: 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 Being of low degree, his cause was not given a hearing: who has knowledge of his family? for his life is cut off 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 And the Ethiopian said to Philip, About whom are these words said by the prophet? about himself, or some other? 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
35 So Philip, starting from this writing, gave 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 And while they were going on their way, they came to some water, and the Ethiopian said, See, here is water; why may I not have baptism? 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 And he gave orders for the carriage to be stopped, and the two of them went down into the water, and Philip gave him baptism. 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 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away; and the Ethiopian saw him no more, for he went on his way full of joy. 39 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
40 But Philip came to Azotus, and went through all the towns, preaching the good news, till he came to Caesarea. 40