14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.16 For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized [a]in the name of the Lord Jesus.17 Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,19 saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!21 You have no part or portion in this [b]matter, for your heart is not right before God.22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the [c]bondage of iniquity.”24 But Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
An Ethiopian Receives Christ
25 So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
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