Now 1those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
2Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
3And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him 4and saw the signs that he did.
For 5unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
So 6there was much joy in that city.
But there was a man named Simon, 7who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, 8saying that he himself was somebody great.
They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, 9"This man is the power of God that is called 10Great."
And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had 11amazed them with his magic.
But when 12they believed Philip as he preached good news 13about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, 14they were baptized, both men and women.
Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And 15seeing signs and 16great miracles performed, 17he was amazed.
Now when 18the apostles at Jerusalem heard that 19Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
who came down and prayed for them 20that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
for 21he had not yet 22fallen on any of them, but 23they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then 24they laid their hands on them and 25they received the Holy Spirit.
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
saying, "Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
But Peter said to him, 26"May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God 27with money!
You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for 28your heart is not right before God.
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, 29if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
For I see that you are in 30the gall of bitterness and in 31the bond of iniquity."
And Simon answered, 32"Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, 33preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.