By occasion of the persecution in Jerusalem, the Church being planted in Samaria,
Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting vnto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the Church which was at Hierusalem, and they were all scattered abroad through out the regions of Iudea, and Samaria, except the Apostles. Acts 8:2 And deuout men carried Steuen [to his buriall], and made great lamentation ouer him. Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made hauocke of the Church, entring into euery house, and hailing men and women, committed them to prison. Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad, went euery where preaching the word.
by Philip the deacon, who preached, did miracles, and baptized many, among the rest Simon the sorcerer, a great seducer of the people:
Acts 8:5 Then Philip went downe to the citie of Samaria, and preached Christ vnto them. Acts 8:6 And the people with one accord gaue heed vnto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. Acts 8:7 For vncleane spirits, crying with lowd voyce, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. Acts 8:8 And there was great ioy in that citie. Acts 8:9 But there was a certaine man called Simon, which before time in the same citie vsed sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giuing out that himselfe was some great one. Acts 8:10 To whom they all gaue heed from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. Acts 8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. Acts 8:12 But when they beleeued Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdome of God, and the Name of Iesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:13 Then Simon himselfe beleeued also: and when hee was baptized, hee continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signes which were done.
Peter and John come to confirm and enlarge the Church: where, by prayer and imposition of hands giving in the Holy Ghost,
Acts 8:14 Now when the Apostles which were at Hierusalem, heard that Samaria had receiued the word of God, they sent vnto them Peter and Iohn. Acts 8:15 Who when they were come downe, praied for them that they might receiue the holy Ghost. Acts 8:16 (For as yet hee was fallen vpon none of them: onely they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Iesus.) Acts 8:17 Then layde they their hands on them, and they receiued the holy Ghost.
when Simon would have bought the like power of them,
Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the Apostles hands, the holy Ghost was giuen, hee offered them money, Acts 8:19 Saying, Giue me also this power, that on whomsoeuer I lay handes, hee may receiue the holy Ghost.
Peter sharply reproving his hypocrisy, and covetousness, and exhorting him to repentance, together with John preaching the Word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem.
Acts 8:20 But Peter said vnto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Acts 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickednesse, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiuen thee. Acts 8:23 For I perceiue that thou art in the gall of bitternesse, and in the bond of iniquitie. Acts 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for mee, that none of these things which ye haue spoken, come vpon me. Acts 8:25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Hierusalem, and preached the Gospel in many villages of the Samaritanes.
But the angel saith to Philip to teach and baptize the Ethiopian eunuch.
Acts 8:26 And the Angel of the Lord spake vnto Philip, saying, Arise, and goe toward the South, vnto the way that goeth downe from Hierusalem vnto Gaza, which is desert. Acts 8:27 And hee arose, and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, an Eunuch of great authority vnder Candace queene of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Hierusalem for to worship, Acts 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his charet, read Esaias the Prophet. Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit saide vnto Philip, Goe neere, and ioyne thy selfe to this charet. Acts 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him reade the Prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? Acts 8:31 And hee said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip, that hee would come vp, and sit with him. Acts 8:32 The place of the Scripture, which hee read, was this, Hee was led as a sheepe to the slaughter, & like a Lambe dumbe before the shearer, so opened he not his mouth: Acts 8:33 In his humiliation, his Iudgement was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth. Acts 8:34 And the Eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the Prophet this? of himselfe, or of some other man? Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached vnto him Iesus. Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came vnto a certaine water: and the Eunuch said, See, here is water, what doeth hinder me to be baptized? Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou beleeuest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered, and said, I beleeue that Iesus Christ is the Sonne of God. Acts 8:38 And he commanded the charet to stand still: and they went downe both into the water, both Philip, and the Eunuch, and he baptized him. Acts 8:39 And when they were come vp out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the Eunuch saw him no more: and hee went on his way reioycing. Acts 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing thorow he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.