:B:1 Saul was there, approving his murder. This was the beginning of a great persecution against the Church in Jerusalem. All, except the apos tles, were scattered throughout the region of Judea and Samaria. 2 Devout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 Saul mean while was trying to destroy the Church
Philip proclaims the word in Samaria
:B:4 At the same time those who were scattered went about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to a town of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. 6 All the people paid close attention to what Philip said as they listened to him and saw the miraculous signs that he did. 7 For in cases of possession, the unclean spirits came out shrieking loudly. Many people who were paralyzed or crippled were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that town.
Simon the magician
:B:9 A certain man named Simon had come to this town, practicing magic. He held the Samaritans spellbound and passed himself off as a very important person. 10 All the people, from the last to the greatest, put their trust in him, saying, This is the Power of God, the Great One. 11 And they followed him because he had held them under the spell of his magic for a long time. 12 But when they came to believe Philip who announced to them the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ as Savior, both men and women were baptized.
13 Simon himself believed and was baptized, and would not depart from Philip. He was astonished when he saw the miraculous signs and wonders that happened.
14 Now, when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the Samaritans had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 They went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not as yet come down upon any of them since they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 So Peter and John laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles hands, he offered them money 19 saying, Give me also this power, so that anyone upon whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.
20 Peter replied, May you and your money perish for thinking that the Gift of God could be bought with money! 21 You cannot share in this since you do not understand the things of God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that you may be forgiven such a wrong way of thinking
25 Peter and John gave their testimony and spoke the word of the Lord. And they went back to Jeru salem, bringing the Good News to many Samaritan villages along the way.
Philip baptizes the Ethiopian
:B:26 An angel of the Lord said to Philip, Go south towards the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert road. 27 So he set out and it happened that an Ethio pian was passing along that way. He was an official in charge of the treasury of the queen of the Ethiopians
29 The Spirit said to Philip, Go and catch up with that carriage. 30 So Philip ran up and heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah
32He was led like a sheep to be slaughtered
34 The official asked Philip, Tell me, please, does the prophet speak of himself or of someone else?
35 Then Philip began to tell him the Good News of Jesus, using this text of Scripture as his starting point. 36 As they traveled down the road they came to a place where there was some water. Then the Ethiopian official said, Look, here is water
38 Then he ordered the carriage to stop
40 Philip found himself at Azotus, and he went about announcing the Good News in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.