8:1 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all dispersed throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial], and made great lamentation over him. 8:3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and hauling men and women committed [them] to prison. 8:4 Therefore they that were dispersed went every where preaching the word. 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them. 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed to those things which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the miracles which he performed. 8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8:8 And there was great joy in that city. 8:9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who before in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 8:10 To whom they all gave 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 for a long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 8:12 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. 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 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: 8:15 Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit: 8:16 (For as yet he had fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 8:17 Then they laid [their] hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit. 8:20 But Peter said to 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 wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee. 8:23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity. 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. 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. 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise, and go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem to Gaza, which is desert. 8:27 And he arose, and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 8:28 Was returning; and sitting in his chariot, read Isaiah the prophet. 8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and join thyself to this chariot. 8:30 And Philip ran thither to [him], and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 8:31 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. 8:32 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 he opened not his mouth: 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment 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 himself, or of some other man? 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached to him Jesus. 8:36 And as they went on [their] way, they came to a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 8:39 And when they had 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. 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through, he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.