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1 Saul agreed that the killing of Stephen was good. On that day the church of Jerusalem began to be persecuted, and all the believers, except the apostles, were scattered throughout 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 And some religious people buried Stephen and cried loudly for him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 Saul was also trying to destroy the church, going from house to house, dragging out men and women and putting them in 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 And wherever they were scattered, they told people the Good News. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Philip went to the city of Samaria and preached about the Christ. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 When the people there heard Philip and saw the miracles he was doing, they all listened carefully to what he said. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 Many of these people had evil spirits in them, but Philip made the evil spirits leave. The spirits made a loud noise when they came out. Philip also healed many weak and crippled people there. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.
8 So the people in that city were very happy. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a man named Simon in that city. Before Philip came there, Simon had practiced magic and amazed all the people of Samaria. He bragged and called himself 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 All the people -- the least important and the most important -- paid attention to Simon, saying, "This man has 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 Simon had amazed them with his magic so long that the people became his followers. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 But when Philip told them the Good News about the kingdom of God and the power of Jesus Christ, men and women believed Philip and were 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 Simon himself believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed very close to Philip. When he saw the miracles and the powerful things Philip did, Simon was amazed. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 When the apostles who were still in Jerusalem heard that the people of 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 When Peter and John arrived, they prayed that the Samaritan believers might receive the Holy Spirit. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 These people had been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, but the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them. 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, when the two apostles began laying their hands on the people, 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 was given to people when the apostles laid their hands on them. So he offered the apostles 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 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 Peter said to him, "You and your money should both be destroyed, because you thought you could 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 cannot share with us in this work since 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 Change your heart! Turn away from this evil thing you have done, and pray to the Lord. Maybe he will forgive you for thinking 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 I see that you are full of bitter jealousy and ruled by sin." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Simon answered, "Both of you pray for me to the Lord so the things you have said will not 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 Peter and John told the people what they had seen Jesus do and after they had spoken the message of the Lord, they went back to Jerusalem. On the way, they went through many Samaritan towns and preached the Good News to the people. 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 leads down to Gaza from Jerusalem -- 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 Philip got ready and went. On the road he saw a man from Ethiopia, a eunuch. He was an important officer in the service of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians; he was responsible for taking care of all her money. He had gone 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 Now, as he was on his way home, he was sitting in his chariot reading from the Book of Isaiah, the prophet. 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 to that chariot and stay near it." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 So when Philip ran toward the chariot, he heard the man reading from Isaiah the prophet. Philip 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 answered, "How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?" Then he invited Philip to climb in 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 The portion of Scripture he was reading was this: "He was like a sheep being led to be killed. He was quiet, as a lamb is quiet while its wool is being cut; he never opened 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 shamed and was treated unfairly. He died without children to continue his family. His life on earth has ended." 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 officer said to Philip, "Please tell me, who 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 Philip began to speak, and starting with this same Scripture, he told the man the Good News about Jesus. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 While they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The officer said, "Look, here is water. What is stopping 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 Then the officer commanded the chariot to stop. Both Philip and the officer 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 took Philip away; the officer never saw him again. And the officer continued on his way home, 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 appeared in a city called Azotus and preached the Good News in all the towns on the way from Azotus to Caesarea. 40