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
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and
haling men and women committed them to prison.||
(8:5-7) Philip made "unclean spirits" scream
as they left the bodies of the people they possessed.
(8:5) "Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto
(8:6) "The people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did."
Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto
And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
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.||
(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."
And there was great joy in that city.
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:||
(8:9-11) "Simon ... bewitched them with sorceries."|
Is magic OK?
To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This
man is the great power of God.
And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched
them with sorceries.
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
Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued
with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.||
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:||
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive
the Holy Ghost:||
(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the
name of the Lord Jesus.)||
(8:16) "They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."|
In whose name is baptism to be performed?
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy
Ghost was given, he offered them money,||
Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may
receive the Holy Ghost.||
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast
thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.||
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right
in the sight of God.||
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the
thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.||
For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.||
"They ... preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans."
Should the gospel be preached to everyone?
Was the eunuch that Philip baptized gay?
May a eunuch enter into the congregation of the Lord?
Strange Flesh: Another Ethiopian eunuch
(8:26) "The angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go."
(8:27) "And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority ... had come to Jerusalem for to worship."
(8:29) "Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot."
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of
these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
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
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
|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,
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this
And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and
said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
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.
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
In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his
generation? for his life is taken from the earth.||
And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh
the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and
preached unto him Jesus.
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? ||
(8:37) "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."
(8:38) "They went down both into
the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."
(8:39-40) The Spirit caught Philip and transported him to a city miles away.
(8:39) "The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip."
(8:40) "But Philip was found at Azotus."
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.
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.
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
|8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all
the cities, till he came to Caesarea.