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Acts 8 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Saul Persecutes the Church

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Now Saul approved of putting [fn]Stephen to death.

And on that day a great persecution [fn]began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:2 - Some devout men buried Stephen, and mourned loudly for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:3 - But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and he would drag away men and women and put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

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Therefore, those who had been scattered went through places [fn]preaching the word.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:5 - Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the [fn]Christ to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:6 - The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what was being said by Philip, as they heard and saw the [fn]signs which he was performing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:7 - For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed or limped on crutches were healed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:8 - So there was much rejoicing in that city.
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Now a man named Simon had previously been practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great;

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:10 - and all the people, from small to great, were paying attention to him, saying, “This man is the Power of God that is called Great.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:11 - And they were paying attention to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his magic arts.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:12 - But when they believed Philip as he was preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were being baptized.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:13 - Now even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was repeatedly amazed.
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Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:15 - who came down and prayed for them that they would receive the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:16 - (For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized [fn]in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:17 - Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:18 - Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:19 - saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:20 - But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could acquire the gift of God with money!
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:21 - “You have no part or share in this [fn]matter, for your heart is not right before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:22 - “Therefore, repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart will be forgiven you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:23 - “For I see that you are [fn]in the gall of bitterness and in the [fn]bondage of unrighteousness.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:24 - But Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

An Ethiopian Receives Christ

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So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

(cf. Isa 53:7, 8 )
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But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Get ready and go [fn]south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ([fn]This is a desert road.)

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:27 - So he got ready and went; and [fn]there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of [fn]Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:28 - and he was returning and sitting in his [fn]chariot, and was reading Isaiah the prophet.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:29 - Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this [fn]chariot.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:30 - Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:31 - And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:32 - Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:




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The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself, or of someone else?”

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:35 - Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:36 - As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:38 - And he ordered that the [fn]chariot stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:39 - When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, [fn]but went on his way rejoicing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:40 - But Philip [fn]found himself at [fn]Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit him
Lit occurred
Or bringing the good news of
I.e., Messiah
I.e., confirming miracles
Lit into
Or teaching; lit word
Or doomed to the
Lit bond
Or at about noon to
Or This city is deserted
Lit behold, an Ethiopian
Possibly an Ethiopian title: the Candace
Or carriage
Or carriage
Or relate
Or family history
Late mss add as v 37: And 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.”
Or carriage
Lit for he was going
Or was found
OT: Ashdod
See the NASB20 Preface for an explanation on the use of the asterisk.

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