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Acts 8 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Saul Attempts to Destroy the Church

And Saul was agreeing with his murder. Now there happened on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was attempting to destroy the church. Entering house after house,[a] he dragged off both men and women and[b] delivered them[c] to prison.

Philip Proclaims Christ in Samaria

Now those who had been scattered went about proclaiming the good news of the word. And Philip came down to the city of Samaria and[d] began proclaiming[e] the Christ[f] to them. And the crowds with one mind were paying attention to what was being said by Philip, as they heard him[g] and saw the signs that he was performing. For many of those who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them,[h] crying out with a loud voice, and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.

Simon the Magician

Now a certain man named[i] Simon had been in the city practicing magic and astonishing the people of Samaria, saying he was someone great. 10 They were all paying attention to him,[j] from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called ‘Great.’” 11 And they were paying attention to him because for a long time he had astonished them with his[k] magic. 12 But when they believed Philip as he[l] was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were being baptized. 13 And Simon himself also believed, and after he[m] was baptized he was keeping close company with[n] Philip. And when he[o] saw the signs and great miracles that were taking place, he was astonished.

14 Now when[p] the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who went down and[q] prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. 16 (For he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized[r] in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then they placed their[s] hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 Now Simon, when he[t] saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, offered them money, 19 saying, “Give to me also this power, so that whomever I place my[u] hands on may receive the Holy Spirit!” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver be destroyed along with you,[v] because you thought you could acquire[w] the gift of God by means of money! 21 You have no[x] part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and ask the Lord if perhaps the intent of your heart may be forgiven you!” 23 For I see you are in a state of bitter envy[y] and bound by unrighteousness.”[z] 24 But Simon answered and[aa] said, “You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said will come upon me.” 25 So when[ab] they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they turned back toward Jerusalem, and were proclaiming the good news to many villages of the Samaritans.

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Get up and go toward the south[ac] on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27 And he got up and[ad] went, and behold, there was a man, an Ethiopian eunuch (a court official of Candace,[ae] queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasury) who had come to worship in Jerusalem 28 and was returning and sitting in his chariot, and reading aloud the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Approach and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran up to it[af] and[ag] heard him reading aloud Isaiah the prophet and said, “So then, do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “So how could I, unless someone will guide me?” And he invited Philip to come up and[ah] sit with him. 32 Now the passage of scripture that he was reading aloud was this:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33     In his[ai] humiliation justice was taken from him.
Who can describe his descendants?[aj]
    For his life was taken away from the earth.”[ak]

34 And the eunuch answered and[al] said to Philip, “I ask you, about whom does the prophet say this—about himself or about someone else?” 35 So Philip opened his mouth and beginning from this scripture, proclaimed the good news to him about Jesus. 36 And as they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”[am] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water—Philip and the eunuch—and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer, for he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he[an] passed through, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 8:3 Literally “from house” to house
  2. Acts 8:3 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“dragged off”) has been translated as a finite verb
  3. Acts 8:3 Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
  4. Acts 8:5 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“came down”) has been translated as a finite verb
  5. Acts 8:5 The imperfect tense has been translated as ingressive here (“began proclaiming”)
  6. Acts 8:5 Or “Messiah”
  7. Acts 8:6 Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
  8. Acts 8:7 *The words “of them” are supplied in the translation to indicate that the unclean spirits were coming out of the people
  9. Acts 8:9 Literally “by name”
  10. Acts 8:10 Literally “whom”
  11. Acts 8:11 Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun
  12. Acts 8:12 Here “as” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was proclaiming the good news”) which is understood as temporal
  13. Acts 8:13 Here “after” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was baptized”) which is understood as temporal
  14. Acts 8:13 Literally “attaching himself to”
  15. Acts 8:13 Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal
  16. Acts 8:14 Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“heard”) which is understood as temporal
  17. Acts 8:15 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“went down”) has been translated as a finite verb
  18. Acts 8:16 Literally “but they were only having been baptized”
  19. Acts 8:17 Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun
  20. Acts 8:18 Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal
  21. Acts 8:19 Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun
  22. Acts 8:20 Literally “be for destruction with you”
  23. Acts 8:20 Literally “to acquire”
  24. Acts 8:21 Literally “there is for you no”
  25. Acts 8:23 Literally “the gall of bitterness”
  26. Acts 8:23 Literally “the fetter of unrighteousness”
  27. Acts 8:24 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“answered”) has been translated as a finite verb
  28. Acts 8:25 Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“had solemnly testified”) which is understood as temporal
  29. Acts 8:26 Or “go about noon”
  30. Acts 8:27 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“got up”) has been translated as a finite verb
  31. Acts 8:27 Or “the Candace” (the title of the queen of Ethiopia)
  32. Acts 8:30 Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation
  33. Acts 8:30 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“ran up to”) has been translated as a finite verb
  34. Acts 8:31 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“come up”) has been translated as an infinitive
  35. Acts 8:33 Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun
  36. Acts 8:33 Or perhaps “family history”; literally “generation”
  37. Acts 8:33 A quotation from Isa 53:7–8
  38. Acts 8:34 Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“answered”) has been translated as a finite verb
  39. Acts 8:36 A few later manuscripts add v. 37, with minor variations: “He said to him, ‘If you believe with your whole heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’” The verse is almost certainly not an original part of the text of Acts.
  40. Acts 8:40 Here “as” is supplied as a component of the participle (“passed through”) which is understood as temporal
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Acts 8 New International Version (NIV)

And Saul approved of their killing him.

The Church Persecuted and Scattered

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.

Simon the Sorcerer

Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”

25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.

Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 8:27 That is, from the southern Nile region
  2. Acts 8:33 Isaiah 53:7,8 (see Septuagint)
  3. Acts 8:37 Some manuscripts include here Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
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