And Saul was assenting to his death, and there came in that
day a great persecution upon the assembly in Jerusalem, all also were scattered
abroad in the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles;
and devout men carried away Stephen, and made great
lamentation over him;
and Saul was making havoc of the assembly, into every house
entering, and haling men and women, was giving them up to prison;
they then indeed, having been scattered, went abroad
proclaiming good news -- the word.
And Philip having gone down to a city of Samaria, was
preaching to them the Christ,
the multitudes also were giving heed to the things spoken by
Philip, with one accord, in their hearing and seeing the signs that he was
for unclean spirits came forth from many who were possessed,
crying with a loud voice, and many who have been paralytic and lame were
and there was great joy in that city.
And a certain man, by name Simon, was before in the city
using magic, and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying himself to be a certain
to whom they were all giving heed, from small unto great,
saying, 'This one is the great power of God;'
and they were giving heed to him, because of his having for
a long time amazed them with deeds of magic.
And when they believed Philip, proclaiming good news, the
things concerning the reign of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized both men and women;
and Simon also himself did believe, and, having been
baptized, he was continuing with Philip, beholding also signs and mighty acts
being done, he was amazed.
And the apostles in Jerusalem having heard that Samaria hath
received the word of God, did send unto them Peter and John,
who having come down did pray concerning them, that they may
receive the Holy Spirit, --
for as yet he was fallen upon none of them, and only they
have been baptized -- to the name of the Lord Jesus;
then were they laying hands on them, and they received the
And Simon, having beheld that through the laying on of the
hands of the apostles, the Holy Spirit is given, brought before them money,
saying, 'Give also to me this authority, that on whomsoever
I may lay the hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.'
And Peter said unto him, 'Thy silver with thee -- may it be
to destruction! because the gift of God thou didst think to possess through
thou hast neither part nor lot in this thing, for thy heart
is not right before God;
reform, therefore, from this thy wickedness, and beseech
God, if then the purpose of thy heart may be forgiven thee,
for in the gall of bitterness, and bond of unrighteousness,
I perceive thee being.'
And Simon answering, said, 'Beseech ye for me unto the Lord,
that nothing may come upon me of the things ye have spoken.'
They indeed, therefore, having testified fully, and spoken
the word of the Lord, did turn back to Jerusalem; in many villages also of the
Samaritans they did proclaim good news.
And a messenger of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying,
'Arise, and go on toward the south, on the way that is going down from
Jerusalem to Gaza,' -- this is desert.
And having arisen, he went on, and lo, a man of Ethiopia, a
eunuch, a man of rank, of Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all
her treasure, who had come to worship to Jerusalem;
he was also returning, and is sitting on his chariot, and he
was reading the prophet Isaiah.
And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near, and be joined to
and Philip having run near, heard him reading the prophet
Isaiah, and said, 'Dost thou then know what thou dost read?'
and he said, 'Why, how am I able, if some one may not guide
me?' he called Philip also, having come up, to sit with him.
And the contents of the Writing that he was reading was
this: 'As a sheep unto slaughter he was led, and as a lamb before his shearer
dumb, so he doth not open his mouth;
in his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and his
generation -- who shall declare? because taken from the earth is his life.'
And the eunuch answering Philip said, 'I pray thee, about whom
doth the prophet say this? about himself, or about some other one?'
and Philip having opened his mouth, and having begun from
this Writing, proclaimed good news to him -- Jesus.
And as they were going on the way, they came upon a certain
water, and the eunuch said, 'Lo, water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?'
And Philip said, 'If thou dost believe out of all the
heart, it is lawful;' and he answering said, 'I believe Jesus Christ to be the
Son of God;'
and he commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both
went down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him;
and when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord
caught away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more, for he was going on his way
and Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he was
proclaiming good news to all the cities, till his coming to Cesarea.