Acts   chapter 8

   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.
   2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and
  made great lamentation over him.
   3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church,
  entering into every house, and haling men and women
  committed them to prison.
   4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went
  every where preaching the word.
   5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and
  preached Christ unto them.
   6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto
  those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing
  the miracles which he did.
   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 And there was great joy in that city.
   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 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the
  greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
  11 And to him they had regard, because that of long
  time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
  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 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was
  baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered,
  beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
  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 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them,
  that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
  16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only
  they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
  17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they
  received the Holy Ghost.
  18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the
  apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered
  them money,
  19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on
  whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy
  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 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for
  thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
  22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray
  God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be
  forgiven thee.
  23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of
  bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
  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 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.
  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
  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
  28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read
  Esaias the prophet.
  29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and
  join thyself to this chariot.
  30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read
  the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what
  thou readest?
  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 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
  33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away:
  and who shall declare his generation? 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 man?
  35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the
  same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
  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?
  37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine
  heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I
  believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
  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 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
  40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing
  through he preached in all the cities, till he came
  to Caesarea. Acts chapter 9


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