Bible: Acts 8:1-25

8:1 And Saul agreed completely with killing 1  him.

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 apostleshands, 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 

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