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,(A) and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.(B) So there was great joy in that city.

Simon the Sorcerer

Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery(C) in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,(D) 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.”(E) 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(F) and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,(G) both men and women.

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