Acts 8

Thomson(i) 1 Now Saul continued to express satisfaction at his death: and there was at that time a great persecution against the congregation which was at Jerusalem; and all, except the apostles, were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. 2 While devout men were carrying Stephen to the grave and making great lamentation for him, 3 Saul was making havock of the congregation. Entering into houses and dragging out men and women, he committed them to prison. 4 They, however, who were dispersed, went about proclaiming the glad tidings of the word; 5 and Philip having come to a city of Samaria, proclaimed to them the Christ. 6 And the crowds with one accord attended to what were spoken by Philip, when they heard and saw the signal miracles which he performed. 7 For unclean spirits, with which many were possessed, went out of them with loud outcries: and many paralytic and lame persons were cured. 8 And there was great joy in that city. 9 Now there was a certain man, named Simon, who had heretofore practised magical arts in that city and astonished the nation of Samaria, pretending that he was an extraordinary person, 10 to whom all paid regard, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11 To him indeed they paid regard because for a long time he had astonished them with his magical arts 12 But when they believed Philip's proclamation of the glad tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 And even Simon himself believed, and being baptized, he continued steadily with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles done, he was astonished. 14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who having gone down, prayed for them that they might receive a holy spirit. 16 For it had not yet fallen on any of them, and they were only baptized to the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received a holy spirit. 18 When Simon saw that by the laying on of the hands of the apostles the holy spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands he may receive a holy spirit. 20 Whereupon Peter said to him, let thy money with thee be for destruction! Because thou hast thought that this free gift of God may be purchased with money, 21 thou hast no portion nor share in this matter, for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this wickedness of thine; and beseech God, if indeed this thought of thy heart can be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art for bitter gall and for a bond of iniquity. 24 In reply to which Simon said, Pray ye to the Lord for me that none of these things which you have mentioned may come upon me. 25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they set out on their return to Jerusalem, and communicated the glad tidings to many villages of the Samaritans. 26 In the mean while an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise and go southward on the road which leadeth down from Jerusalem to Gaza, namely, the desert road. 27 So he arose and went. And lo! a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, a grandee of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, who was her high treasurer, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and was on his return, was sitting in a chariot and reading the prophet Esaias. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and keep close to that chariot. 30 So Philip ran close up and heard him reading the prophet Esaias. Whereupon he said, Dost thou understand what thou art reading? 31 To which he replied, How can I unless some one guide me? Then he invited Philip to come up and take a seat with him. 32 Now the passage of scripture which he was reading was this, "He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 33 In his humiliation his legal trial is taken away. Who will declare his manner of life? Because his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch addressing Philip, said, Of whom, I pray thee, doth the prophet say this? Of himself or of some other person? 35 Then Philip opened His mouth, and beginning with this scripture, told him the glad tidings of Jesus. 36 And as they continued the journey, they came to a certain water. Whereupon the eunuch said, Behold! here is water. What hindereth my being baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with thy whole heart, it may be done. To which he replied, I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. 38 Then he ordered the chariot to stop. And they 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 spirit of the Lord conveyed Philip away. And the eunuch saw him no more. For he proceeded on in his journey rejoicing, 40 and Philip was found at Azotus. And passing on he proclaimed the glad tidings in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.