ActsChapter 8

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1 And Saul was consenting to his :death. And a great persecution arose on that :day against the church :in Jerusalem; and all were scattered abroad throughout the regions of :Judæa and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men buried :Stephen, and made great lamentation over him. 3 But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every :house, and dragging men and women committed them to prison.
 
4 And those, therefore, scattered abroad went about preaching the word. 5 But Philip went down to the city of :Samaria, and proclaimed to them the Christ. 6 And the crowds gave heed with one accord to the things spoken by :Philip, as they heard them, and saw the signs which he did. 7 For many of those that had unclean spirits that cried with a loud voice, came out, and many paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And much joy was in that :city. 9 But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the nation of :Samaria, saying he was some great one: 10 to whom all gave heed, from small to great, saying, This man is the power of :God which is called Great. 11 And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his :sorceries. 12 But when they believed :Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of :God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 And :Simon himself also believed: and being baptized, he continued with :Philip; and beholding signs done and great miracles, he was amazed. 14 Now when the apostles, those at Jerusalem, heard that :Samaria had received the word of :God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they receive the Holy Spirit: 16 for as yet He was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when :Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ :hands the Spirit was given, he brought them money, 19 saying, Give me also this :power, that on whomsoever I lay :hands, he receive the Holy Spirit. 20 But Peter said unto him, Thy :silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of :God with money. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this :word: for thy :heart is not right before :God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy :wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy :heart shall be forgiven thee. 23 For I see that thou art unto the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity. 24 And :Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me unto the Lord, that none of the things YE have spoken come upon me. 25 They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

26 But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go †toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and lo, a man, an Ethiopian, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her :treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; 28 and he was returning and sitting in his :chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to :Philip, Go near, and join this :chariot. 30 And :Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Then thou understandest what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought :Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this,
He was led as a sheep to slaughter; And as a lamb before his :shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his :mouth:
33 In his :humiliation his :judgment was taken away:
His :generation who shall declare?
For his :life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered :Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other? 35 And :Philip opened his :mouth, and beginning from this :scripture, preached the gospel to him, :Jesus. 36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Lo, water; what hindereth me to be baptized? 38 And he commanded to stop the chariot; and both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Lord’s Spirit caught away :Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his :way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he :came to Cæsarea.

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