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Acts 8

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8
1-2 Saul approved the stoning of Stephen. Some faithful followers of the Lord buried Stephen and mourned very much for him.
Saul Makes Trouble for the Church
At that time the church in Jerusalem suffered terribly. All of the Lord's followers, except the apostles, were scattered everywhere in Judea and Samaria.
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1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
3 Saul started making a lot of trouble for the church. He went from house to house, arresting men and women and putting them in jail.
8.3 Ac 22.4
3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
The Good News Is Preached in Samaria
4 The Lord's followers who had been scattered went from place to place, telling the good news.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Philip went to the city of Samaria and told the people about Christ. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 They crowded around Philip because they were eager to hear what he was saying and to see him work miracles. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 Many people with evil spirits were healed, and the spirits went out of them with a shout. A lot of crippled and lame people were also healed. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 Everyone in that city was very glad because of what was happening. 8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 For some time a man named Simon had lived in the city of Samaria and had amazed the people. He practiced witchcraft and claimed to be somebody great.
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 Everyone, rich and poor, crowded around him. They said, “This man is the power of God called ‘The Great Power.’ ” 10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 For a long time, Simon had used witchcraft to amaze the people, and they kept crowding around him.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed what Philip was saying about God's kingdom and about the name of Jesus Christ, they were all baptized. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Even Simon believed and was baptized. He stayed close to Philip, because he marveled at all the miracles and wonders. 13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
miracles...: Gr. signs and great miracles
14 The apostles in Jerusalem heard that some people in Samaria had accepted God's message, and they sent Peter and John.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 When the two apostles arrived, they prayed that the people would be given the Holy Spirit. 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 Before this, the Holy Spirit had not been given to anyone in Samaria, though some of them had been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Peter and John then placed their hands on everyone who had faith in the Lord, and they were given the Holy Spirit. 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 Simon noticed that the Spirit was given only when the apostles placed their hands on the people. So he brought money
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 and said to Peter and John, “Let me have this power too! Then anyone I place my hands on will also be given the Holy Spirit.” 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 Peter said to him, “You and your money will both end up in hell if you think you can buy God's gift!
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 You don't have any part in this, and God sees that your heart isn't right. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Get rid of these evil thoughts and ask God to forgive you. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 I can see that you are jealous and bound by your evil ways.” 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
24 Simon said, “Please pray to the Lord, so that what you said won't happen to me.”
24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
25 After Peter and John had preached about the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem. On their way they told the good news in many villages of Samaria.
25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Philip and an Ethiopian Official
26 The Lord's angel said to Philip, “Go south
a 8.26 Go south: Or “About noon go.”
along the desert road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
b 8.26 the desert road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza: Or “the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza in the desert.”
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 So Philip left.
An important Ethiopian official happened to be going along that road in his chariot. He was the chief treasurer for Candace, the Queen of Ethiopia. The official had gone to Jerusalem to worship
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 and was now on his way home. He was sitting in his chariot, reading the book of the prophet Isaiah. 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 The Spirit told Philip to catch up with the chariot.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 Philip ran up close and heard the man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 The official answered, “How can I understand unless someone helps me?” He then invited Philip to come up and sit beside him.
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The man was reading the passage that said,
8.32,33 Is 53.7,8 (LXX).

“He was led like a sheep
on its way to be killed.
He was silent as a lamb
whose wool
is being cut off,
and he did not say
a word.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 He was treated like a nobody
and did not receive
a fair trial.
How can he have children,
if his life
is snatched away?”
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

34 The official said to Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or about someone else?”
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36-37 As they were going along the road, they came to a place where there was some water. The official said, “Look! Here is some water. Why can't I be baptized?”
c 8.36,37 Why can't I be baptized: Some manuscripts add, “Philip replied, ‘You can, if you believe with all your heart.’ “The official answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ ”
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
38 He ordered the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 After they had come out of the water, the Lord's Spirit took Philip away. The official never saw him again, but he was very happy as he went on his way.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
40 Philip later appeared in Azotus. He went from town to town, all the way to Caesarea, telling people about Jesus.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

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