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Acts 8

By occasion of the persecution in Jerusalem, the Church being planted in Samaria,

Acts 8:1 Saul consented vnto hys death. And at þt tyme there was a greate persecucyon agaynst the congregacyon which was at Ierusalem, and they were all scatered abrode thorowout þe regyons of Iewry and Samaria, except the apostles. Acts 8:2 But deuout men dressed Steuen, and made great lamentacyon ouer hym. Acts 8:3 As for Saul he made hauocke of the congregacyon, and entred into euery house, and drew out both men and women, and thrust them into preson. Acts 8:4 Therfore, they that were scatered abrode, went euery where preachyng the worde of God.

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 came Philip into a cytie of Samaria, & preached Christ vnto them. Acts 8:6 And the people gaue hede vnto those thynges which Philip spake wt one accord, hearyng & seyng the myracles whych he dyd. Acts 8:7 For vncleane spretes cryinge with loude voyce, came out of many þt were possessed of them. And many taken wt palsyes, & many þt halted, were healed. Acts 8:8 And ther was great ioye in that cyte. Acts 8:9 But ther was a certen man called Symo, which before tyme in þe same cytye vsed witchecrafte, and bewitched the people of Samary, saying that he was a man that coulde do great thynges. Acts 8:10 Whom they regarded, from the lest to þe greatest, sayinge: this man is the power of God, which is called greate. Acts 8:11 And him they sett moche by, because that of longe tyme he had bewitched them with sorceries. Acts 8:12 But assone as they gaue credence to Philippes preachyng of the kyngdome of God, & of the name of Iesu Christ, they were baptysed both men & wemen. Acts 8:13 Then Simon hym selfe beleued also. And whan he was baptised, he continued wt Philip, and wondred, beholding the miracles & sygnes, which were shewed.

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 When the apostles which were at Ierusalem herd saye, that Samary had receaued the word of God, they sent vnto them Peter & Iohn. Acts 8:15 Which whan they were come downe, prayed for them, þt they might receaue the holy ghost. Acts 8:16 For as yet he was come on no one of them: but they were baptysed onely in þe name of Christ Iesu. Acts 8:17 Then layd they their handes on them, & they receaued the holy ghost

when Simon would have bought the like power of them,

Acts 8:18 When Simon sawe that thorow laying on of the apostles handes, the holy ghost was geuen, he offered them money, Acts 8:19 saying: geue me also this power, that on whomsoeuer I put the handes, he maye receaue 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 sayd vnto him: thy money perisshe with the, because thou hast thought þt the gift of God maye be obteyned with money. Acts 8:21 Thou hast nether parte, nor felowshyp in thys busynes. For thy hert is not ryght in the syght of God. Acts 8:22 Repente therfore of thys thy wyckednes, & praye God, þt the thought of thyne herte maye be forgeuen the. Acts 8:23 For I perceaue that thou art full of bitter gall, and wrapped in iniquite. Acts 8:24 Then answered Simon & sayde: praye ye to the Lorde for me, þt none of these thynges which ye haue spoken, fall on me. Acts 8:25 And they when they had testifyed and preached þe worde of God, returned towarde Ierusalem, and preached the gospell in many cyties of the Samaritans.

But the angel saith to Philip to teach and baptize the Ethiopian eunuch.

Acts 8:26 The aungell of the Lorde spake vnto Philip, saying: aryse, & go toward the south vnto the waye that goeth downe from Ierusalem vnto the cyte of Gaza, which is in the desert. Acts 8:27 And he arose, & went on. And behold, a man of Ethiopia (a chamberlene, & of greate auctorite with Candace quene of the Ethiopians, & had the rule of al her treasure came to Ierusalem for to worshyp. Acts 8:28 And as he returned home agayne syttinge in hys charet, he red Esay the prophete. Acts 8:29 Then the sprete sayd vnto Philip: go neare, and ioyne thy self to yonder charet. Acts 8:30 And Philip ran to hym, and heard him reade the prophete Esay, and sayd: Understandest thou what thou readest? Acts 8:31 And he said: How can I, except I had a gyde? And he desyred Philip, that he wolde come vp, and sytt with hym. Acts 8:32 The tenoure of the scripture which he read, was this: He was led as a shepe to be slayne: and lyke a lambe domme before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. Acts 8:33 Because of hys humblenes, he was not estemed. But who shal declare hys generacion? for his lyfe is taken from the earth. Acts 8:34 The chamberlayn answered Philip, and sayd: I praye the of whom speaketh the prophete thys? of hym selfe, or of some other man? Acts 8:35 Philip opened hys mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached vnto hym Iesus. Acts 8:36 And as they went on theyr waye, they cam vnto a certen water, and the chamberlayne said: Se, here is water what doth let me to be baptysed? Acts 8:37 Philip sayde vnto him: If þu beleue with all thyne hert, thou mayest. And he answered, and sayde: I beleue that Iesus Christ is the sonne of God. Acts 8:38 And he commaunded the charet to stande styll. And they went downe both into the water: both Philip and also the chamberlayn, and he baptysed hym. Acts 8:39 And assone as they were come out of þe water, the sprete of þe Lord caught awaye Philip, and the chamberlayn sawe him nomore. And he went on hys waye reioysinge: Acts 8:40 but Philip was founde at Azotus. And he walked thorowout the countre, preaching in all the cyties, tyll he came to Cesarea.

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