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Acts 8 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:1 - And Saul was consenting to his death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Sama'ria, except the apostles.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:2 - Devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:3 - But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Philip in Samaria

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:4 - Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:5 - Philip went down to a city of Sama'ria, and proclaimed to them the Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:6 - And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:7 - For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:8 - So there was much joy in that city.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:9 - But there was a man named Simon who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the nation of Sama'ria, saying that he himself was somebody great.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:10 - They all gave heed to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is that power of God which is called Great."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:11 - And they gave heed to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:12 - But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:13 - Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:14 - Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Sama'ria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:15 - who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:16 - for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:17 - Then they laid their hands on them and they received 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 me also this power, that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:20 - But Peter said to him, "Your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:21 - You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:22 - Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:23 - For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:24 - And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."

An Ethiopian Receives Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:25 - Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
(cf. Isa 53:7, 8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:26 - But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:27 - And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Can'dace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:28 - and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:29 - And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:30 - So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:31 - And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:32 - Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:33 - In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:34 - And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:35 - Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:36 - And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?"
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:37 - Other ancient authorities add all or most of verse 37, And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he replied, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:38 - And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:39 - And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 8:40 - But Philip was found at Azo'tus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesare'a.
RSV Footnotes
Other ancient authorities add all or most of verse 37, [And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he replied, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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