Persecution Against the Church - Acts 8

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that  time there was a great persecution against the church which  was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad  throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the  apostles. 

Acts 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his  burial, and made great lamentation over him. 

Acts 8:3 As for  Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every  house, and haling men and women committed them to  prison. 

Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad  went everywhere preaching the word. 

Acts 8:5 Then Philip  went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto  them. 

Acts 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto  those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the  miracles which he did. 

Acts 8:7 For unclean spirits, crying  with loud voice, 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 joy in that  city. 

Acts 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon,  which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and  bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself  was some great one: 

Acts 8:10 To whom they all gave 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 believed Philip preaching the things  concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus  Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 

Acts 8:13  Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was  baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered,  beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 

Acts 8:14  Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that  Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them  Peter and John: 

Acts 8:15 Who, when they were come down,  prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  

Acts 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only  they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 

Acts 8:17  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the  Holy Ghost. 

Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through  laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given,  he offered them money, 

Acts 8:19 Saying, Give me also this  power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the  Holy Ghost. 

Acts 8:20 But Peter said unto 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  wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine  heart may be forgiven thee. 

Acts 8:23 For I perceive that thou  art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.  

Acts 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord  for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken  come upon me. 

Acts 8:25 And they, when they had testified  and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem,  and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.  

Acts 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying,  Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth  down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 

Acts 8:27  And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an  eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the  Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 

Acts 8:28 Was returning,  and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 

Acts 8:29  Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to  this chariot. 

Acts 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and  heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest  thou what thou readest? 

Acts 8:31 And he said, How can I,  except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip  that he would come up and sit with him. 

Acts 8:32 The place  of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a  sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his  shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 

Acts 8:33 In his  humiliation his judgment 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 himself, or of  some other man? 

Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and  began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.  

Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a  certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water;  what doth hinder me to be baptized? 

Acts 8:37 And Philip  said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And  he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son  of God. 

Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand  still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip  and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 

Acts 8:39 And when  they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord  caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and  he went on his way rejoicing. 

Acts 8:40 But Philip was found  at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities,  till he came to Caesarea.  KJV