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1 And Saul was agreeing with his murder. Now there happened on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 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 devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 But Saul was attempting to destroy the church. Entering {house after house}, he dragged off both men and women [and] delivered [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 had been scattered went about proclaiming the good news [of] the word. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 And Philip came down to the city of Samaria [and] began proclaiming the Christ to them. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 And the crowds with one mind were paying attention to what was being said by Philip, [as] they heard [him] and saw the signs that he was performing. 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 of those who had unclean spirits, they were coming out [of them], crying out with a loud voice, and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 Now a certain man {named} Simon had been in the city practicing magic and astonishing the people of Samaria, saying 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 They were all paying attention to {him}, from the least to the greatest, 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 were paying attention to him because for 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 [as he] was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were being 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 And Simon himself also believed, and [after he] was baptized he was {keeping close company with} Philip. And [when he] saw the signs and great miracles that were taking place, he was astonished. 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 in 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 who went down [and] prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 (For he had not yet fallen on any of them, {but 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 they 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 Now Simon, [when he] saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, 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 to me also this power, so that whomever I place [my] hands on 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 {be destroyed along with you}, because you thought {you could acquire} the gift of God by means of 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 matter, 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 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and ask the Lord if perhaps 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 you are in {a state of bitter envy} and {bound by unrighteousness}." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 But Simon answered [and] said, "You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said will come upon me." 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."
25 So [when] they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they turned back toward Jerusalem, and were 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 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Get up and go toward the south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a 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 And he got up [and] went, and behold, [there was] a man, an Ethiopian eunuch (a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasury) who had come to worship in Jerusalem 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 and sitting in his chariot, and reading aloud 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, "Approach and join this chariot." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 So Philip ran up to [it] [and] heard him reading aloud Isaiah the prophet and said, "So then, 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 And he said, "So how could I, unless someone will guide me?" And he invited Philip to come 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 passage of scripture that he was reading aloud was this: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb before its shearer [is] silent, so 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 In his humiliation justice was taken from him. Who can describe his {descendants}? For his life was 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 And the eunuch answered [and] said to Philip, "I ask you, about whom 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 So Philip opened his mouth and beginning from this scripture, proclaimed the good news to him [about] Jesus. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 And as they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents 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?"
38 And he ordered the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water--Philip and the eunuch--and he baptized him. 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer, for he went on his way rejoicing. 39 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 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and [as he] passed through, he proclaimed the good news [to] all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.