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Saul Persecutes the Church

1 aSaul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.

¶ And on that day a great persecution Ibegan against bthe church in Jerusalem, and they were all cscattered throughout the regions of Judea and dSamaria, except the apostles. 2 [Some] devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. 3 But aSaul [began] ravaging the church, entering house after house, and bdragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

[1] ILit occurred aAc 7:58; 22:20; 26:10 bAc 9:31 cAc 8:4; 11:19 dAc 1:8; 8:5, 14; 9:31
[3] aAc 9:1, 13, 21; 22:4, 19; 26:10f; 1Co 15:9; Ga 1:13; Php 3:6; 1Ti 1:13 bJm 2:6

Philip in Samaria

4 ¶ Therefore, those awho had been scattered went about Ibpreaching the word. 5 aPhilip went down to the city of Samaria and [began] proclaiming IChrist to them. 6 The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the Isigns which he was performing. 7 For [in the case of] many who had aunclean spirits, they were coming out [of them] shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been bparalyzed and lame were healed. 8 So there was amuch rejoicing in that city.

[4] IOr bringing the good news of aAc 8:1 bAc 8:12; 15:35
[5] II.e. the Messiah aAc 6:5; 8:26, 30
[6] IOr attesting miracles
[7] aMk 16:17 bMt 4:24
[8] aJn 4:40-42; Ac 8:39

9 ¶ Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing amagic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, bclaiming to be someone great; 10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, “aThis man is what is called the Great Power of God.” 11 And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his amagic arts. 12 But when they believed Philip apreaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being bbaptized, men and women alike. 13 Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed asigns and bgreat miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.

[9] aAc 8:11; 13:6 bAc 5:36
[10] aAc 14:11; 28:6
[11] aAc 8:9; 13:6
[12] aAc 1:3; 8:4 bAc 2:38
[13] aAc 8:6 bAc 19:11

14 ¶ Now when athe apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them bPeter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them athat they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For He had anot yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been bbaptized Iin the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they a[began] laying their hands on them, and they were breceiving the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could aobtain the gift of God with money! 21 You have ano part or portion in this Imatter, for your heart is not bright before God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, aif possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in athe Ibondage of iniquity.” 24 But Simon answered and said, “aPray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

[14] aAc 8:1 bLk 22:8
[15] aAc 2:38; 19:2
[16] ILit into aMt 28:19; Ac 19:2 bAc 2:38; 10:48
[17] aMk 5:23; Ac 6:6 bAc 2:4
[20] a2K 5:16; Is 55:1; Dn 5:17; Mt 10:8; Ac 2:38
[21] IOr teaching; lit word aDt 10:9; 12:12; Ep 5:5 bPs 78:37
[22] aIs 55:7
[23] ILit bond aIs 58:6
[24] aGn 20:7; Ex 8:8; Nu 21:7; Jm 5:16

An Ethiopian Receives Christ

25 ¶ So, when they had solemnly atestified and spoken bthe word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were cpreaching the gospel to many villages of the dSamaritans.

[25] aLk 16:28 bAc 13:12 cAc 8:40 dMt 10:5

26 ¶ But aan angel of the Lord spoke to bPhilip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to cGaza.” (IThis is a desert [road].) 27 So he got up and went; and athere was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he bhad come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his Ichariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then athe Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this Ichariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
  “aHE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER;
  AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT,
  SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.
  33aIN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKEN AWAY;
  WHO WILL IRELATE HIS IIGENERATION?
  FOR HIS LIFE IS REMOVED FROM THE EARTH.”
34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please [tell me], of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip aopened his mouth, and bbeginning from this Scripture he cpreached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! aWhat prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [[IAnd 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.”]] 38 And he ordered the Ichariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, athe Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, Ibut went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip Ifound himself at IIaAzotus, and as he passed through he bkept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to cCaesarea.

[26] IOr This city is deserted aAc 5:19; 8:29 bAc 8:5 cGn 10:19
[27] aPs 68:31; 87:4; Is 56:3ff b1K 8:41f; Jn 12:20
[28] IOr carriage
[29] IOr carriage aAc 8:39; 10:19; 11:12; 13:2; 16:6, 7; 20:23; 21:11; 28:25; He 3:7
[32] aIs 53:7
[33] IOr describe IIOr family or origin aIs 53:8
[35] aMt 5:2 bLk 24:27; Ac 17:2; 18:28; 28:23 cAc 5:42
[36] aAc 10:47
[37] IEarly mss do not contain this v
[38] IOr carriage
[39] ILit for he was going a1K 18:12; 2K 2:16; Ezk 3:12, 14; 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5; 2Co 12:2
[40] IOr was found IIOT: Ashdod aJsh 11:22; 1S 5:1 bAc 8:25 cAc 9:30; 10:1, 24; 11:11; 12:19; 18:22; 21:8, 16; 23:23, 33; 25:1, 4, 6, 13


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By occasion of the persecution in Jerusalem, the Church being planted in Samaria,

1 ¶ And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial], and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed [them] to prison. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

[1] Ex 10:28; Ne 6:3; Dn 3:16; 6:10, 23; Mt 5:13; 10:25; 22:6; 23:34; Lk 11:49; Jn 4:39; 15:20; 16:2; Ac 1:8; 2:47; 5:18, 20, 33, 40; 7:38, 54, 58; 8:4, 14; 11:19, 22; 13:1; 22:20; Php 1:12; He 11:27.
[2] Gn 23:2; 50:10; Nu 20:29; Dt 34:8; 1S 28:3; 2S 3:31; 2Ch 32:33; 35:25; Is 57:1; Jr 22:10, 18; Lk 2:25; Jn 11:31; Ac 2:5; 10:2.
[3] Ac 7:58; 9:1, 21; 22:3; 26:9; 1Co 15:9; Ga 1:13; Php 3:6; 1Ti 1:13.
[4] Mt 10:23; Ac 11:19; 14:2; 1Th 2:2.

by Philip the deacon, who preached, did miracles, and baptized many, among the rest Simon the sorcerer, a great seducer of the people:

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed [with them]: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city. 9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

[5] Mt 10:5; Jn 4:25; Ac 1:8; 5:42; 6:5; 8:1, 14, 35, 40; 9:20; 17:2; 21:8; 1Co 1:23; 2:2; 3:11.
[6] 2Ch 30:12; Mt 20:15; Jn 4:41; Ac 13:44.
[7] Is 35:6; Mt 10:1; 11:5; 15:30; Mk 2:3; 9:26; 16:17; Lk 10:17; Jn 14:12; Ac 3:6; 5:16; 9:33; 14:8; He 2:4.
[8] Ps 96:10; 98:2; Is 35:1; 42:10; Lk 2:10; Ac 13:48, 52; Ro 15:9.
[9] Ex 7:11, 22; 8:18; 9:11; Lv 20:6; Dt 18:10; Jn 7:18; Ac 5:36; 13:6; 16:16; 19:18; 2Th 2:4; 2Ti 3:2, 5, 8; 2P 2:18; Rv 13:13; 22:15.
[10] Jr 6:13; 8:10; 31:34; Jna 3:5; 1Co 1:24; 2Co 11:19; Ep 4:14; 2P 2:2; Rv 13:3.
[11] Is 8:19; 44:25; 47:9; Ga 3:1.
[12] Mt 28:19; Mk 16:15; Lk 9:2, 60; Ac 1:3; 2:38, 41; 5:14; 8:35; 11:20; 16:14, 31; 20:21, 25; 28:31; Ro 10:10; 1Co 11:11; Ga 3:28; 1P 3:21.
[13] Ps 78:35; 106:12; Hab 1:5; Mk 16:17; Lk 8:13; Jn 2:23; 5:20; 7:21; 8:30; Ac 3:10; 8:7, 21; 13:44; Jm 2:19.

Peter and John come to confirm and enlarge the Church: where, by prayer and imposition of hands giving in the Holy Ghost,

14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

[14] Mt 13:23; Jn 12:48; Ac 2:41; 3:1; 8:1; 11:1, 19; 15:4; 17:11; Ga 2:9; 1Th 2:13; 3:2; 2Th 2:10.
[15] Mt 18:19; Jn 14:13; 16:23; Ac 2:38; Php 1:19.
[16] Mt 28:19; Ac 2:38; 10:44, 47; 11:15; 19:2, 5; 1Co 1:13.
[17] Nu 8:10; 27:18; Ac 6:6; 8:18; 9:17; 13:3; 19:6; Ro 1:11; Ga 3:2; 1Ti 4:14; 5:22; 2Ti 1:6; He 6:2.

when Simon would have bought the like power of them,

18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

[18] 2K 5:15; 8:9; Ezk 13:19; Mt 10:8; 1Ti 6:5.
[19] Mt 18:1; Lk 14:7; Jn 5:44; Ac 8:9, 17; 1Co 15:8; 3Jn 1:9.

Peter sharply reproving his hypocrisy, and covetousness, and exhorting him to repentance, together with John preaching the Word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem.

20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity. 24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. 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.

[20] Dt 7:26; 15:9; Jsh 7:24; 2K 5:15, 26; Pv 15:26; Dn 5:17; Hab 2:9; Zc 5:4; Mt 10:8; 15:19; 27:3; Ac 1:18; 2:38; 8:22; 10:45; 11:17; 1Ti 6:9; Jm 5:3; 2P 2:14; Rv 18:15.
[21] Jsh 22:25; 2Ch 25:2; Ps 36:1; 78:36; Ezk 14:3; Hab 2:4; Mt 6:22; Jn 21:17; He 4:13; Rv 2:23; 20:6; 22:19.
[22] Dt 4:29; 1K 8:47; 2Ch 33:12; Is 55:6; Dn 4:27; Jol 2:13; Am 5:6, 15; Jna 1:6; 3:9; Mt 7:7; Lk 11:9; Ac 2:38; 3:19; 8:20; 9:11; 17:30; Ro 2:4; 2Ti 2:25; He 4:12; Rv 2:21; 3:17.
[23] Dt 29:18; 32:32; Jb 20:14; Ps 116:16; Pv 5:22; Is 28:22; Jr 4:18; 9:15; Lm 3:5, 19; Jn 8:34; Ro 6:17; Tit 3:3; He 12:15; 2P 2:4, 19.
[24] Gn 20:7, 17; Ex 8:8; 10:17; 12:32; Nu 21:7; 1S 12:19, 23; 1K 13:6; Ezr 6:10; 8:23; Jb 42:8; Jm 5:16.
[25] Lk 9:52; Jn 15:27; Ac 1:8; 18:5; 20:21; 26:22; 28:23, 28, 31; 1P 5:12.

But the angel saith to Philip to teach and baptize the Ethiopian eunuch.

26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to [him], and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on [their] way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

[26] Jsh 13:3; 15:47; 2K 1:3; 1Ch 22:16; Is 60:1; Zc 9:5; Mt 3:1; Lk 3:2; Ac 5:19; 10:7, 22; 12:8, 23; 27:23; He 1:14.
[27] 1K 8:41; 10:1; 2Ch 6:32; Ps 68:29, 31; 87:4; Is 43:6; 45:14; 56:3; 60:3, 6; 66:19; Jr 13:23; 38:7; 39:16; Zp 3:10; Mt 12:42; 21:2; Mk 14:13; Jn 2:5; 12:20; He 11:8.
[28] Dt 6:6; 11:18; 17:18; Jsh 1:8; Ps 1:2; 119:99, 111; Pv 2:1; 8:33; Is 1:1; Lk 3:4; 4:17; Jn 5:39; Ac 17:11; 28:25; Col 3:16; 2Ti 3:15.
[29] Is 65:24; Ho 6:3; Ac 10:19; 11:12; 13:2; 16:6; 20:22; 1Co 12:11; 1Ti 4:1.
[30] Ps 119:32; Ec 9:10; Mt 13:19, 23, 51; 15:10; 24:15; Mk 13:14; Lk 24:44; Jn 4:34; 5:39; Ac 8:27; 1Co 14:19; Ep 5:17; Rv 13:18.
[31] 2K 5:9, 26; 10:15; Ps 25:8; 73:16, 22; Pv 30:2; Is 29:18; 35:8; Mt 18:3; Mk 10:15; Ro 10:14; 1Co 3:18; 8:2; 14:36; Jm 1:10, 21; 1P 2:1.
[32] Ps 39:2, 9; 44:11; Is 53:7; Jr 11:19; 12:3; 51:40; Mt 26:62; Lk 23:34; Jn 1:29; 18:9; Ro 8:36; 1P 1:19; 2:21.
[33] Jb 27:2; 34:5; Ps 22:15, 30; Is 5:23; 10:2; 53:8, 10, 12; Dn 9:26; Hab 1:4; Zc 13:7; Mt 27:12; Jn 19:12; Php 2:8.
[34] Mt 2:2; 13:36; 15:15.
[35] Mt 5:2; Lk 24:27, 44; Ac 3:20; 9:20; 10:34; 11:20; 17:3, 18; 18:28; 19:13; 26:22; 28:23; 1Co 1:23; 2:2; 2Co 6:11; Ep 4:21; 1P 1:11.
[36] Ezk 36:25; Jn 3:5, 23; Ac 10:47; Tit 3:5; 1Jn 5:6.
[37] Mt 16:16; 28:19; Mk 16:16; Jn 6:68; 9:35; 11:27; 20:31; Ac 2:38; 8:12, 21; 9:20; Ro 10:10; 1Co 12:3; 1P 3:21; 1Jn 4:15; 5:1, 5, 10.
[38] Jn 3:22; 4:1.
[39] 1K 18:12; 2K 2:16; Ps 119:14, 111; Is 35:1; 55:12; 61:10; 66:13; Ezk 3:12; 8:3; 11:24; Mt 3:16; 13:44; Mk 1:10; Ac 8:8; 13:52; 16:34; Ro 5:2; 15:10; 2Co 12:2; Php 3:3; 4:4; Jm 1:9; 4:16.
[40] Jsh 15:46; 1S 5:1; Zc 9:6; Lk 10:1; Ac 10:1; 21:8; 23:23, 33; 25:4; Ro 15:19.


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