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Acts 8

NIRV 1 Saul was there. He had agreed that Stephen should die. On that day the church in Jerusalem began to be attacked and treated badly. All except the apostles were scattered throughout 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. NIRV 2 Godly Jews buried Stephen. They sobbed and sobbed over him. NIV 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. NIRV 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. He went from house to house. He dragged men and women away and put them in prison. 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. NIRV 4 The believers who had been scattered preached the word everywhere they went. NIV 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. NIRV 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria. There he preached about the Christ. NIV 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. NIRV 6 The crowds listened to Philip. They saw the miraculous signs he did. They all paid close attention to what he said. NIV 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. NIRV 7 Evil spirits screamed and came out of many people. Many who were disabled or who couldn't walk were healed. NIV 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. NIRV 8 So there was great joy in that city. NIV 8 So there was great joy in that city. NIRV 9 A man named Simon lived in the city. For quite a while he had practiced evil magic there. He amazed all the people of Samaria. He claimed to be 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, NIRV 10 All of the people listened to him, from the least important of them to the most important. They exclaimed, "This man is known as the Great Power of God!" 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." NIRV 11 He had amazed them for a long time with his magic. So they followed him. NIV 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. NIRV 12 But Philip preached the good news of God's kingdom. He preached the name of Jesus Christ. So men and women believed and were baptized. 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. NIRV 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. He followed Philip everywhere. He was amazed by the great signs and miracles he saw. NIV 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. NIRV 14 The apostles in Jerusalem heard that people in Samaria had accepted God's word. 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. NIRV 15 When they arrived there, they prayed that the believers would receive the Holy Spirit. NIV 15 When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, NIRV 16 The Holy Spirit had not yet come 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. NIRV 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. NIRV 18 Simon watched as the apostles placed their hands on them. He saw that the Spirit was given to 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 NIRV 19 He said, "Give me this power too. Then everyone 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." NIRV 20 Peter answered, "May your money be destroyed with you! Do you think 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! NIRV 21 You have no part or share in this holy work. Your heart is not right with God. NIV 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. NIRV 22 Turn away from this evil sin of yours. Pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. NIV 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. NIRV 23 I see that you are very bitter. You are a prisoner of sin." NIV 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin." NIRV 24 Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me. Pray that nothing you have said 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." NIRV 25 Peter and John gave witness and preached the Lord's word. Then they returned to Jerusalem. On the way they preached the good news in many villages in 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. NIRV 26 An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip. "Go south to the desert road," he said. "It's the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." 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." NIRV 27 So Philip started out. On his way he met an Ethiopian official. The man had an important position. He was in charge of all the wealth of Candace. She was the queen of Ethiopia. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship. 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, NIRV 28 On his way home he was sitting in his chariot. He was reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. NIV 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. NIRV 29 The Holy Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot. Stay near it." NIV 29 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." NIRV 30 So Philip ran up to the chariot. He heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you're reading?" Philip asked. 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. NIRV 31 "How can I?" he said. "I need someone to explain it to me." So he invited Philip to come up and sit 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. NIRV 32 Here is the part of Scripture the official was reading. It says, "He was led like a sheep to be killed. Just as lambs are silent while their wool is being cut off, he did not open his mouth. 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. NIRV 33 When he was treated badly, he was refused a fair trial. Who can say anything about his children? His life was cut off from the earth." (Isaiah 53:7,8) NIV 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth." NIRV 34 The official said to Philip, "Tell me, please. Who is the prophet talking about? Himself, or someone else?" NIV 34 The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" NIRV 35 Then Philip began with that same part 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. NIRV 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water. The official said, "Look! Here is water! Why shouldn't I be 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?" NIRV 38 He gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the official went down into the water. 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. NIRV 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away. The official did not see him again. He went 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. NIRV 40 Philip was seen next at Azotus. From there he traveled all around. He preached the good news in all the towns. Finally he arrived in Caesarea. NIV 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.