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Acts 8

8:1 And Saul was consenting vnto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the Church which was at Hierusalem, and they were all scattered abroad through out the regions of Iudea, and Samaria, except the Apostles. 8:2 And deuout men carried Steuen to his buriall, and made great lamentation ouer him. 8:3 As for Saul, he made hauocke of the Church, entring into euery house, and hailing men and women, committed them to prison. 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad, went euery where preaching the word. 8:5 Then Philip went downe to the citie of Samaria, and preached Christ vnto them. 8:6 And the people with one accord gaue heed vnto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 8:7 For vncleane spirits, crying with lowd voyce, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8:8 And there was great ioy in that citie. 8:9 But there was a certaine man called Simon, which before time in the same citie vsed sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giuing out that himselfe was some great one. 8:10 To whom they all gaue heed from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 8:12 But when they beleeued Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdome of God, and the Name of Iesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 8:13 Then Simon himselfe beleeued also: and when hee was baptized, hee continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signes which were done. 8:14 Now when the Apostles which were at Hierusalem, heard that Samaria had receiued the word of God, they sent vnto them Peter and Iohn. 8:15 Who when they were come downe, praied for them that they might receiue the holy Ghost. 8:16 (For as yet hee was fallen vpon none of them: onely they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Iesus.) 8:17 Then layde they their hands on them, and they receiued the holy Ghost. 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the Apostles hands, the holy Ghost was giuen, hee offered them money, 8:19 Saying, Giue me also this power, that on whomsoeuer I lay handes, hee may receiue the holy Ghost. 8:20 But Peter said vnto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickednesse, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiuen thee. 8:23 For I perceiue that thou art in the gall of bitternesse, and in the bond of iniquitie. 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for mee, that none of these things which ye haue spoken, come vpon me. 8:25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Hierusalem, and preached the Gospel in many villages of the Samaritanes. 8:26 And the Angel of the Lord spake vnto Philip, saying, Arise, and goe toward the South, vnto the way that goeth downe from Hierusalem vnto Gaza, which is desert. 8:27 And hee arose, and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, an Eunuch of great authority vnder Candace queene of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Hierusalem for to worship, 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his charet, read Esaias the Prophet. 8:29 Then the Spirit saide vnto Philip, Goe neere, and ioyne thy selfe to this charet. 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him reade the Prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest 8:31 And hee said, How can I, except some man should guide me And he desired Philip, that hee would come vp, and sit with him. 8:32 The place of the Scripture, which hee read, was this, Hee was led as a sheepe to the slaughter, & like a Lambe dumbe before the shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 8:33 In his humiliation, his Iudgement was taken away: and who shall declare his generation For his life is taken from the earth. 8:34 And the Eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the Prophet this of himselfe, or of some other man 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached vnto him Iesus. 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came vnto a certaine water: and the Eunuch said, See, here is water, what doeth hinder me to be baptized 8:37 And Philip said, If thou beleeuest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered, and said, I beleeue that Iesus Christ is the Sonne of God. 8:38 And he commanded the charet to stand still: and they went downe both into the water, both Philip, and the Eunuch, and he baptized him. 8:39 And when they were come vp out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the Eunuch saw him no more: and hee went on his way reioycing. 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing thorow he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.

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