Bible: Acts 8
Saul Begins to Persecute the Church
Now on that day a great 2 persecution began 3 against the church in Jerusalem, 4 and all 5 except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions 6 of Judea and Samaria. 8:2 Some 7 devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation 8 over him. 9 8:3 But Saul was trying to destroy 10 the church; entering one house after another, he dragged off 11 both men and women and put them in prison. 12
Philip Preaches in Samaria
8:4 Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word. 8:5 Philip went down to the main city of Samaria 13 and began proclaiming 14 the Christ 15 to them. 8:6 The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what Philip said, 16 as they heard and saw the miraculous signs 17 he was performing. 8:7 For unclean spirits, 18 crying with loud shrieks, were coming out of many who were possessed, 19 and many paralyzed and lame people were healed. 8:8 So there was 20 great joy 21 in that city.
8:9 Now in that city was a man named Simon, who had been practicing magic 22 and amazing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great. 8:10 All the people, 23 from the least to the greatest, paid close attention to him, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called ‘Great.’” 24 8:11 And they paid close attention to him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. 8:12 But when they believed Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God 25 and the name of Jesus Christ, 26 they began to be baptized, 27 both men and women. 8:13 Even Simon himself believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed close to 28 Philip constantly, and when he saw the signs and great miracles that were occurring, he was amazed. 29
8:14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem 30 heard that Samaria had accepted the word 31 of God, they sent 32 Peter and John to them. 8:15 These two 33 went down and prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. 8:16 (For the Spirit 34 had not yet come upon 35 any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 36 8:17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on the Samaritans, 37 and they received the Holy Spirit. 38
8:18 Now Simon, when he saw that the Spirit 39 was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, offered them money, 8:19 saying, “Give me this power 40 too, so that everyone I place my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.” 8:20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, 41 because you thought you could acquire 42 God’s gift with money! 8:21 You have no share or part 43 in this matter 44 because your heart is not right before God! 8:22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord 45 that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your heart. 46 8:23 For I see that you are bitterly envious 47 and in bondage to sin.” 8:24 But Simon replied, 48 “You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said may happen to 49 me.”
8:25 So after Peter and John 50 had solemnly testified 51 and spoken the word of the Lord, 52 they started back to Jerusalem, proclaiming 53 the good news to many Samaritan villages 54 as they went. 55
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
8:26 Then an angel of the Lord 56 said to Philip, 57 “Get up and go south 58 on the road that goes down from Jerusalem 59 to Gaza.” (This is a desert 60 road.) 61 8:27 So 62 he got up 63 and went. There 64 he met 65 an Ethiopian eunuch, 66 a court official of Candace, 67 queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasury. He 68 had come to Jerusalem to worship, 69 8:28 and was returning home, sitting 70 in his chariot, reading 71 the prophet Isaiah. 8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 8:30 So Philip ran up 72 to it 73 and heard the man 74 reading Isaiah the prophet. He 75 asked him, 76 “Do you understand what you’re reading?” 8:31 The man 77 replied, “How in the world can I, 78 unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 8:32 Now the passage of scripture the man 79 was reading was this:
“He was led like a sheep to slaughter,
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did 80 not open his mouth.
Who can describe his posterity? 83
8:34 Then the eunuch said 86 to Philip, “Please tell me, 87 who is the prophet saying this about – himself or someone else?” 88 8:35 So Philip started speaking, 89 and beginning with this scripture 90 proclaimed the good news about Jesus to him. 8:36 Now as they were going along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water! What is to stop me 91 from being baptized?” 8:37 [[EMPTY]] 92 8:38 So he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, 93 and Philip baptized 94 him. 8:39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any more, but 95 went on his way rejoicing. 96 8:40 Philip, however, found himself 97 at Azotus, 98 and as he passed through the area, 99 he proclaimed the good news 100 to all the towns 101 until he came to Caesarea. 102