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Acts 8

GNT 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. NIV 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. GNT 2 Some devout men buried Stephen, mourning for him with loud cries. NIV 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. GNT 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. NIV 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. GNT 4 The believers who were scattered went everywhere, preaching the message. NIV 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. GNT 5 Philip went to the principal city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to the people there. NIV 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. GNT 6 The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed. NIV 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. GNT 7 Evil spirits came out from many people with a loud cry, and many paralyzed and lame people were healed. NIV 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. GNT 8 So there was great joy in that city. NIV 8 So there was great joy in that city. GNT 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, NIV 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, GNT 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. NIV 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." GNT 11 They paid this attention to him because for such a long time he had astonished them with his magic. NIV 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. GNT 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. NIV 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. GNT 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. NIV 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. GNT 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. NIV 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. GNT 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit. NIV 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, GNT 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. NIV 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. GNT 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. NIV 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. GNT 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, NIV 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money GNT 19 and said, "Give this power to me too, so that anyone I place my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit." NIV 19 and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." GNT 20 But Peter answered him, "May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can buy God's gift with money! NIV 20 Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! GNT 21 You have no part or share in our work, because your heart is not right in God's sight. NIV 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. GNT 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. NIV 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. GNT 23 For I see that you are full of bitter envy and are a prisoner of sin." NIV 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin." GNT 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." NIV 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me." GNT 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. NIV 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. GNT 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.) NIV 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." GNT 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. NIV 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, GNT 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to that carriage and stay close to it." NIV 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." GNT 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?" NIV 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. GNT 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. NIV 31 "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. GNT 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. NIV 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. GNT 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." NIV 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth." GNT 34 The official asked Philip, "Tell me, of whom is the prophet saying this? Of himself or of someone else?" NIV 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" GNT 35 Then Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus. NIV 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. GNT 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?" NIV 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?" GNT 38 The official ordered the carriage to stop, and both Philip and the official went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. NIV 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. GNT 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. NIV 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. GNT 40 Philip found himself in Azotus; he went on to Caesarea, and on the way he preached the Good News in every town. NIV 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.