8:1 And at that time there was raised a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all dispersed through the countries of Judea, and Samaria, except the apostles.
8:2 And devout men took order for Stephen's funeral, and made great mourning over him.
8:3 But Saul made havock of the church, entering in from house to house, and dragging away men and women, committed them to prison.
8:4 They therefore that were dispersed, went about preaching the word of God.
8:5 And Philip going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them.
8:6 And the people with one accord were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did.
8:7 For many of them who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out.
8:8 And many, taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed.
8:9 There was therefore great joy in that city. Now there was a certain man named Simon, who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one:
8:10 To whom they all gave ear, from the least to the greatest, saying: This man is the power of God, which is called great.
8:11 And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices.
8:12 But when they had believed Philip preaching of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
8:13 Then Simon himself believed also; and being baptized, he adhered to Philip. And being astonished, wondered to see the signs and exceeding great miracles which were done.
8:14 Now when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.
8:15 Who, when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.
8:16 For he was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
8:17 Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
8:18 And when Simon saw, that by the imposition of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
8:19 Saying: Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I shall lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said to him:
8:20 Keep thy money to thyself, to perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
8:21 Thou hast no part nor lot in this matter. For thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
8:22 Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.
8:23 For I see thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of iniquity.
8:24 Then Simon answering, said: Pray you for me to the Lord, that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me.
8:25 And they indeed having testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many countries of the Samaritans.
8:26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert.
8:27 And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore.
8:28 And he was returning, sitting in this chariot, and reading Isaias the prophet.
8:29 And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
8:30 And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?
8:31 Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
8:32 And the place of the scripture which he was reading was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb without voice before his shearer, so openeth he not his mouth.
8:33 In humility his judgment was taken away. His generation who shall declare, for his life shall be taken from the earth?
8:34 And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man?
8:35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at this scripture, preached unto him Jesus.
8:36 And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said: See, here is water: what doth hinder me from being baptized?
8:37 And Philip said: If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answering, said: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch: and he baptized him.
8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing.
8:40 But Philip was found in Azotus; and passing through, he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
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