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Version 0.92.62, 31 December 2020

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Acts Chapter 8

1And Saul was consentient to his execution. And it came to pass on that day that there was a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and all were scattered among the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2Then devout men carried Stephen away to burial and made much lamentation over him. 3But Saul ravaged the church, going into one house after another, and dragging men and women out he delivered them into prison. 4Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. 5And Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed Christ to them. 6And the crowds paid unanimous attention to the words spoken by Philip when they heard them and saw the signs which he performed. 7For the unclean spirits of many who were possessed by them came out, shouting with a loud voice, and many who were paralysed or lame were healed. 8And there was great joy in that city. 9But a certain man by the name of Simon was long established in the city using magic arts, and astounding the people of Samaria, while saying that he was someone great, 10and they gave heed to him, from small to great, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” 11So they gave heed to him because they had been astounded for a long time with his sorceries. 12But when they had believed Philip, who was preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13And Simon himself also believed, and was baptized, and continued resolutely with Philip, and when he saw deeds of power and signs take place, he was astounded. 14And when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive holy spirit, 16for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of Christ Jesus. 17Then they laid their hands on them, and they received holy spirit. 18But when Simon observed that the holy spirit was given by the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, 19and said, “Give me this authority too, so that whoever I lay my hands on should receive holy spirit.” 20But Peter said to him, “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money. 21You have no part or inheritance in this matter, for your heart is not upright before God. 22So repent from this wickedness of yours, and entreat God and see whether then the scheming of your heart will be forgiven you. 23For I see that you are in bitter gall and bondage to unrighteousness.” 24Then Simon answered and said, “You entreat the Lord for me that nothing of what you have said should come upon me.” 25So then, after they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem and preached the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. 26And the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip and said, “Arise and go southwards on the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. It is desolate.” 27So he arose and went. And he came across an Ethiopian man, a eunuch, an official of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, and he was in charge of all her treasure and had come to worship in Jerusalem. 28And he was returning, sitting on his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the spirit said to Philip, “Go and associate yourself with that chariot.” 30And Philip ran up to him and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you actually know what you are reading?” 31And he said, “Well how can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up in and sit with him. 32Now the passage of scripture which he was reading was this:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,

And as a lamb mute before its shearer,

So he did not open his mouth.

33While he was in his lowly state,

His justice was denied him.

But who can describe what his posterity is?

For his life is taken from the earth.”

34Then the eunuch answered and said to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about? About himself, or about someone else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth and beginning at this scripture, he preached Jesus to him. 36And as they went along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there's some water. What is preventing me from being baptized?” 37 38And he ordered the chariot to stop, and they both went down to the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, the spirit of the Lord took hold of Philip, and the eunuch didn't see him any more, but he went his way rejoicing. 40And Philip was found in Azotus, and as he passed through, he preached the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

Reference(s) in Chapter 8: v.32 ↔ Isaiah 53:7 ● v.33 ↔ Isaiah 53:8.

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