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1 And Saul approved of his murder. That very day the church in Jerusalem began to suffer cruel persecution. All the believers, except the apostles, were scattered throughout the provinces 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 Some devout men buried Stephen, mourning for him with loud cries. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 But Saul tried to destroy the church; going from house to house, he dragged out the believers, both men and women, and threw 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 The believers who were scattered went everywhere, preaching the message. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Philip went to the principal city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to the people there. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 Evil spirits came out from many people with a loud cry, and many paralyzed and lame people 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 lived there, who for some time had astounded the Samaritans with his magic. He claimed 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 and everyone in the city, from all classes of society, paid close attention to him. "He is that power of God known as "The Great Power,' " they said. 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 paid this attention to him because for such a long time he had astonished 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's message about the good news of the Kingdom of God and about 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 Simon himself also believed; and after being baptized, he stayed close to Philip and was astounded when he saw the great wonders and miracles that were being performed. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 The apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had received the word of God, so 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 When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 For the Holy Spirit had not yet come down on 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 placed 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 Simon saw that the Spirit had been given to the believers when the apostles placed their hands on them. So he offered money to Peter and John, 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
19 and said, "Give this power to me too, so that anyone I place my hands on 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 answered him, "May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can buy 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 our work, because your heart is not right in God's sight. 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 Repent, then, of this evil plan of yours, and pray to the Lord that he will forgive you for thinking such a thing as this. 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 full of bitter envy and are a prisoner of sin." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Simon said to Peter and John, "Please pray to the Lord for me, so that none of these things you spoke of 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 After they had given their testimony and proclaimed the Lord's message, Peter and John went back to Jerusalem. On their way they preached the Good News in many villages 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 An angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get ready and go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This road is not used nowadays.) 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 Philip got ready and went. Now an Ethiopian eunuch, who was an important official in charge of the treasury of the queen of Ethiopia, was on his way home. He had been to Jerusalem to worship God and was going back home in his carriage. As he rode along, he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 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,
29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to that carriage and stay close to it." 29 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
30 Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 30 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
31 The official replied, "How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?" And he invited Philip to climb up and sit in the carriage with him. 31 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.
32 The passage of scripture which he was reading was this: "He was like a sheep that is taken to be slaughtered, like a lamb that makes no sound when its wool is cut off. He did not say a word. 32 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
33 He was humiliated, and justice was denied him. No one will be able to tell about his descendants, because his life on earth has come to an end." 33 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.
34 The official asked Philip, "Tell me, of whom is the prophet saying this? Of himself or of someone else?" 34 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth."
35 Then Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus. 35 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
36 As they traveled down the road, they came to a place where there was some water, and the official said, "Here is some water. What is to keep me from being baptized?" 36 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
38 The official ordered the carriage to stop, and both Philip and the official went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 38 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?"
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The official did not see him again, but continued on his way, full of joy. 39 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
40 Philip found himself in Azotus; he went on to Caesarea, and on the way he preached the Good News in every town. 40 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 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.