Acts 8
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1And Saul was assenting to his death, and there came in that day a great persecution on the Assembly in Jerusalem, all were also scattered abroad in the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles; 2and devout men carried Stephen away, and made great lamentation over him; 3and Saul was making havoc of the Assembly, entering into every house, and dragging away men and women, giving them up to prison;

4they then indeed, having been scattered, went abroad proclaiming good news—the word. 5And Philip having gone down to a city of Samaria, was preaching the Christ to them; 6the multitudes were also giving heed to the things spoken by Philip, with one accord, in their hearing and seeing the signs that he was doing, 7for unclean spirits came forth from many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice, and many who have been paralytic and lame were healed, 8and there was great joy in that city.

9And a certain man, by name Simon, was previously in the city using magic, and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying himself to be a certain great one, 10to whom they were all giving heed, from small to great, saying, “This one is the great power of God”; 11and they were giving heed to him, because of his having amazed them for a long time with deeds of magic. 12And when they believed Philip, proclaiming good news, the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ, they were immersed—both men and women; 13and Simon himself also believed, and having been immersed, he was continuing with Philip, beholding also signs and mighty acts being done, he was amazed.

14And the apostles in Jerusalem having heard that Samaria has received the word of God, sent Peter and John to them, 15who having come down prayed concerning them, that they may receive the Holy Spirit— 16for as yet He was fallen on none of them, and only they have been immersed—into the Name of the Lord Jesus; 17then they were laying hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18And Simon, having beheld that through the laying on of the hands of the apostles the Holy Spirit is given, brought money before them, 19saying, “Give also to me this authority, that on whomsoever I may lay the hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20And Peter said to him, “Your silver with you—may it be to destruction! Because you thought to possess the gift of God through money; 21you have neither part nor lot in this thing, for your heart is not right before God; 22convert, therefore, from this your wickedness, and implore God, if then the purpose of your heart may be forgiven you, 23for in the gall of bitterness, and bond of unrighteousness, I perceive you being.” 24And Simon answering, said, “Implore for me to the LORD, that nothing may come on me of the things you have spoken.”

25They indeed, therefore, having testified fully, and spoken the word of the LORD, turned back to Jerusalem; they also proclaimed good news in many villages of the Samaritans.

26And a messenger of the LORD spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise, and go on toward the south, on the way that is going down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is desolate.) 27And having arisen, he went on, and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch, a man of rank, of Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; 28he was also returning, and is sitting on his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near, and be joined to this chariot”; 30and Philip having run near, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah and said, “Do you then know what you read?” 31And he said, “Why, how am I able, if someone may not guide me?” He called Philip also, having come up, to sit with him.

32And the passage of the Writing that he was reading was this: “He was led as a sheep to slaughter, "" And as a lamb before his shearer is silent, "" So He does not open His mouth;

33In His humiliation His judgment was taken away, "" And His generation—who will declare? Because His life is taken from the earth.”

34And the eunuch answering Philip said, “I beg you, about whom does the prophet say this? About himself, or about some other one?” 35And Philip having opened his mouth, and having begun from this Writing, proclaimed good news to him—Jesus. 36And as they were going on the way, they came on some water, and the eunuch said, “Behold, water; what hinders me to be immersed?” 37[[And Philip said, “If you believe out of all the heart, it is lawful”; and he answering said, “I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God”;]] 38and he commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he immersed him; 39and when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the LORD snatched up Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more, for he was going on his way rejoicing; 40and Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he was proclaiming good news to all the cities, until his coming to Caesarea.

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