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1 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at 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 carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.
3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing 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 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.
6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles 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, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; 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 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming 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 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God." 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 heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.
12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women 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 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done. 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 who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received 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, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
16 For as yet He had fallen upon none 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 they laid 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 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, 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 saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands 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, "Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased 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 neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.
22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought 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 that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity." 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin."
24 Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may 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 testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in 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, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is desert. 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 arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come 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 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot." 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "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, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked 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 The place in the Scripture which he read was this: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not 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 His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken 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 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?" 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?"
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders 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 Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." 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 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he 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 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 39 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea. 40