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Chapter 8

Acts 8:1 So Saul was consented to his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the assembly who were at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Acts 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the assembly, entering into every house, and taking away men and women, and committed them into prison.

Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.

Acts 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.

Acts 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed to those things which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

Acts 8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voices, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many paralytics, and that were lame, were healed.

Acts 8:8 And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, who before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the nation of Samaria, claiming himself as some great one:

Acts 8:10 To who they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

Acts 8:11 And to him they had regard, because for a long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were immersed, both men and women.

Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was immersed, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John:

Acts 8:15 Who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

Acts 8:16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them: only they were immersed in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 8:17 Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:18 When Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostlesā€™ hands, the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

Acts 8:19 saying, give me also this power, that on whoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:20 But Peter said to him, you perish with your money, because you thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Acts 8:21 You neither have part nor portion in this matter: for your heart is not right in the sight of God.

Acts 8:22 Therefore repent of your wickedness, and pray to God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven.

Acts 8:23 For I perceive that you are full of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Acts 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, you pray for me to the LORD, that none of these things which you have spoken come on me.

Acts 8:25 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.

Acts 8:26 Then a messenger of the Lord spoke to Philip, and said, arise, and go toward the south to the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, which is deserted.

Acts 8:27 So he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship,

Acts 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Isaiah the prophet.

Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and overtake this chariot.

Acts 8:30 Then Philip ran from here to there, and heard him read the prophet Isaiah, and said, do you understand what you read?

Acts 8:31 But he said, how can I, unless some man should guide me? So he asked Philip if he would come up and sit with him.

Acts 8:32 The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a mute lamb before his shearer, so opened He not His mouth:

Acts 8:33 In His humiliation His judgment was taken away: and who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the land.

Acts 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray you, of who speaks the prophet? Of himself, or of some other man?

Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached to him Jesus.

Acts 8:36 As they went on their way, they came to some water: and the eunuch said, see, here is water; what does prevent me from being immersed?

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, if you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Acts 8:38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he immersed him.

Acts 8:39 When they had come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord seized Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.