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   The Acts of the Apostles.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
VIII
 
 
[1]    AND Saul was consenting unto his death.
[2]    And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judæa and Samaria, except the apostles.
[3]  And devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.
[4]  But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and dragging men and women committed them to prison.
[5]    They therefore that were scattered abroad went about preaching 1 the word.
[6]  And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ.
[7]  And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did.
[8]  For 2 from many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed.
[9]  And there was much joy in that city.
[10]    But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people 3 of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
[11]  to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of God which is called Great.
[12]  And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries.
[13]  But when they believed Philip preaching 4 good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
[14]  And Simon also himself believed: and being baptized, he continued with Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles 5 wrought, he was amazed.
[15]    Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
[16]  who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:
[17]  for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
[18]  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
[19]  Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy 6 Spirit was given, he offered them money,
[20]  saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.
[21]  But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money.
[22]  Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: 7 for thy heart is not right before God.
[23]  Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee.
[24]  For I see that thou art 8 in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.
[25]  And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the things which ye have spoken come upon me.
[26]    They therefore, when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached 9 the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
[27]    But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward 10 the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert.
[28]  And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship;
[29]  and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.
[30]  And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
[31]  And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
[32]  And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him.
[33]  Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this,
        He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb,
So he openeth not his mouth:
[34]  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away:
        His generation who shall declare?
For his life is taken from the earth.
[35]  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or some other?
[36]  And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this scripture, preached 11 unto him Jesus.
[37]  And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 12
[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.
[39]  And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing.
[40]  But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached 13 the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.
 
Note 1. Comp. marg. note on ch. 5. 42. [back]
Note 2. Or, For many of those that had unclean spirits that cried with a loud voice came forth. [back]
Note 3. Gr. nation. [back]
Note 4. Comp. marg. note on ch. 5. 42. [back]
Note 5. Gr. powers. [back]
Note 6. Some ancient authorities omit Holy. [back]
Note 7. Gr. word. [back]
Note 8. Or, wilt become gall (or, a gall root) of bitterness and a bond of iniquity. Comp. Deut. 29. 18; Heb. 12. 15. [back]
Note 9. Gr. brought good tidings. Comp. ch. 5. 42. [back]
Note 10. Or, at noon. Comp. ch. 22. 6. [back]
Note 11. See marg. note on ch. 5. 42. [back]
Note 12. Some ancient authorities insert, wholly or in part, ver. 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. [back]
Note 13. See marg. note on ch. 5. 42. [back]
 

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