1 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against
the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of
Judea 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 havoc of the church, entering every house, dragging off men
and women, committing them to prison.
4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the Word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and
seeing the many signs which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed;
and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously used sorcery in the city and
amazed the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,
10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the
great power of God.
11 And they heeded him because he had amazed them with his sorceries for a long time.
12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of
God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were immersed.
13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was immersed he continued with
Philip, and was amazed, seeing the works of power and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the
Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,
15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy
16 For as yet He had not fallen on any of them. They had only been immersed in the
name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy
Spirit was given, he offered them money,
19 saying, Give me this authority also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the
20 But Peter said to him, Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift
of God could be purchased with money!
21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not upright before
22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of
your heart may be forgiven you.
23 For I see that you are in bitter wickedness and bound by unrighteousness.
24 Then Simon answered and said, Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things
which you have spoken may come upon me.
25 So when they had testified and preached the Word of the Lord, they returned to
Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise and go toward the south
along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is desert.
27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of high office under
Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come
to Jerusalem to do homage,
28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and join yourself to this chariot.
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Do you
understand what you are reading?
31 And he said, How can I, unless someone guides me? And he summoned Philip to
come up and sit with him.
32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this: He was led as a sheep to the
slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His judgment was taken away, and who will declare His
generation? For His life is taken from the earth.
34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, I ask you, of whom does the prophet say
this, of himself or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to
36 Now as they went down the road, they came upon some water. And the eunuch said,
See, here is water. What prevents me from being immersed?
37 Then Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, it is lawful. And he answered and
said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went
down into the water, and he immersed him.
39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away,
so 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.