King James Version
The Church Persecuted
1 And Saul was consenting unto his
death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the
church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad
throughout the regions of Judaea 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 havock of the church, entering into every
house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Philip in Samaria
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where
preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which
Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that
were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were
lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
Simon the Sorcerer
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the
same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving
out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest,
saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had
bewitched them with sorceries.
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.
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.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria
had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might
receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands
the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands,
he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou
hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is
not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps
the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in
the bond of iniquity.
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.
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.
Philip and the
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and
go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto
Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch
of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had
the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet
Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
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.
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 opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall
declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom
speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture,
and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou
mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the
Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down
both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized
39 And when they were 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.
40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached
in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown -
CLARKE'S COMMENTARY -
Acts 8 - http://www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarkeact8.htm