1Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
2And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him 3and saw the signs that he did.
For 4unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
So 5there was much joy in that city.
But there was a man named Simon, 6who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, 7saying that he himself was somebody great.
They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, 8"This man is the power of God that is called 9Great."
And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had 10amazed them with his magic.
But when 11they believed Philip as he preached good news 12about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, 13they were baptized, both men and women.
Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And 14seeing signs and 15great miracles performed, 16he was amazed.
Now when 17the apostles at Jerusalem heard that 18Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
who came down and prayed for them 19that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
for 20he had not yet 21fallen on any of them, but 22they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then 23they laid their hands on them and 24they 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, 25"May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God 26with money!
You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for 27your heart is not right before God.
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, 28if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
For I see that you are in 29the gall of bitterness and in 30the bond of iniquity."
And Simon answered, 31"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, 32preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.