Acts 8:1-4

Saul Ravages the Church

1 And 1Saul 2approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and 3they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
3 But 4Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he 5dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Philip Proclaims Christ in Samaria

4 Now 6those who were scattered went about preaching the word.

Acts 8:1-4 In-Context

1 And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose 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.
2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
8 So there was much joy in that city.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Acts 7:58; Acts 22:20
  • 2. See Romans 1:32
  • 3. Acts 11:19; See Matthew 10:23
  • 4. Acts 9:1, 13, 21; Acts 22:4, 19; Acts 26:10, 11; 1 Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13; Philippians 3:6; 1 Timothy 1:13
  • 5. [James 2:6]
  • 6. ver. 1
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