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1 and Sha'ul gave his approval to his murder. Starting with that day, there arose intense persecution against the Messianic Community in Yerushalayim; all but the emissaries were scattered throughout the regions of Y'hudah and Shomron. 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 buried Stephen and mourned him deeply. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 But Sha'ul set out to destroy the Messianic Community - entering house after house, he dragged off both men and women and handed them over to be put 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 However, those who were scattered announced the Good News of the Word wherever they went. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Now Philip went down to a city in Shomron and was proclaiming the Messiah to them; 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 and the crowds were paying close attention to what Philip said, as they heard and saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 For many people were having unclean spirits driven out of them, shrieking; also many paralytics and crippled persons were being healed; 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 so that there was great joy in that city. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a man named Shim'on in the city who for some time had been practicing magic and astonishing the nation of Shomron, claiming to be somebody 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 gave heed to him, from the lowest to the highest, saying, "This man is the power of God called 'The Great Power'." 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 followed him because for a considerable 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 came to believe Philip, as he announced the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Yeshua the Messiah, they were immersed, 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 Moreover, Shim'on himself came to believe; and after being immersed, he attached himself closely to Philip; and he was amazed as he saw the miraculous signs and great works of power that kept taking place. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 When the emissaries in Yerushalayim heard that Shomron had received the Word of God, they sent them Kefa and Yochanan, 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
15 who came down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Ruach HaKodesh. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 For until then he had not come upon any of them; they had only been immersed into the name of the Lord Yeshua. 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, as Kefa and Yochanan placed their hands on them, they received the Ruach HaKodesh. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 Shim'on saw that the Spirit was given when the emissaries placed their hands on them, and 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 "Give this power to me, too," he said, "so that whoever I place my hands on will receive the Ruach HaKodesh." 19 and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
20 But Kefa said to him, "Your silver go to ruin - and you with it, for thinking the free gift of God 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 have no part at all in this matter; because in the eyes of God, your heart is crooked. 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 So repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord. Perhaps you will yet be forgiven for holding such a thought in your heart. 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 extremely bitter and completely under the control of sin!" 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Shim'on answered, "Pray to the Lord for me, so that none of the things you have spoken about 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 Then, after giving a thorough witness and speaking the Word of the Lord, Kefa and Yochanan started back to Yerushalayim, announcing the Good News to many villages in Shomron. 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 of ADONAI said to Philip, "Get up, and go southward on the road that goes down from Yerushalayim to 'Azah, the desert 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. On his way, he caught sight of an Ethiopian, a eunuch who was minister in charge of all the treasure of the Kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia. He had been to Yerushalayim 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 now, as he was returning home, he was sitting in his chariot, reading the prophet Yesha'yahu. 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 over to this chariot, and stay close to it." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 As Philip ran up, he heard the Ethiopian reading from Yesha'yahu the prophet. "Do you understand what you're reading?" he asked. 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 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" And he invited Philip to climb up 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 Now the portion of the Tanakh that he was reading was this: "He was like a sheep led to be slaughtered; like a lamb silent before the shearer, 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 He was humiliated and denied justice. Who will tell about his descendants, since his life has been taken from the earth?"i 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 to Philip, "Here's my question to you - is the prophet 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 started to speak - beginning with that passage, he went on to tell him the Good News about Yeshua. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they were going down the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Here's some water! Is there any reason why I shouldn't be immersed?" 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 chariot to stop; then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip immersed 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 no more of him, because he continued 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 showed up at Ashdod and continued proclaiming the Good News as he went through all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 40