1And then there was severe persecution against the assembly at Yerushalayim; and they were all, with the exception of the Shlikhim, dispersed throughout the towns of Y’hudah and Shomron. 2And devout men took up Tzefan-Yah and buried him, and they mourned over him in great sorrow. 3As for Sha’ul, he continued to persecute the assembly of Elohim, entering into houses and dragging out men and women and delivering them to prison, 4so that they that were scattered abroad went everywhere declaring D’var HaElohim.
5Then Filipos went down to a city of Shomron and declared to them about Mashi’akh. 6And when the people of that place heard his word, they gave heed and listened attentively to everything Filipos said, because they saw the miracles which he did. 7Many who were seized by unclean spirits cried with loud voices and were restored; and others who were paralytic and lame were healed. 8And there was great joy in that city. 9Now there was there a man called Shimon, who had lived in that city a long time, and who had deceived the people of Shomron by his sorcery, boasting of himself, and saying, “I am the greatest one.” 10And both the noblest and the least followed him, saying, “This is the greatest power of Elohim.” 11All of them listened to him, because for a long time he had bewitched them with his sorceries. 12But when they believed Filipos, declaring the things concerning Malkhut HaElohim in the name of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, they were immersed, both men and women. 13Shimon himself also believed and was immersed and attached himself to Filipos, and as he saw the miracles and great signs performed by his hand, he marveled greatly.
14Now when the Shlikhim at Yerushalayim heard that the people of Shomron had accepted D’var HaElohim, they sent to them Shimon Kefa and Yokhanan, 15who, when they went down, prayed over them that they might receive The Ru’akh HaKodesh. 16For as yet it had not come upon them, although they had been immersed in the name of Adoneinu Yeshua. 17Then they laid their hands on them, and they received The Ru’akh HaKodesh. 18And when Simon saw that The Ru’akh HaKodesh was given by the laying on of the hands by the Shlikhim, he offered them money, 19saying, “Give me also this authority so that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive The Ru’akh HaKodesh.” 20Shimon Kefa said to him, “Let your money perish with you because you have thought that the gift of Elohim may be purchased with wealth. 21You have no part nor lot in this Emunah because your heart is not right in the sight of Elohim. 22Repent, therefore, of this evil of yours, and beseech Elohim that He may perhaps forgive you for the guile which is in your heart. 23For I see your heart is as bitter as gall and you are in the bonds of iniquity.” 24Then Simon answered, saying, “Pray of Elohim for me so that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me.” 25Now when Shimon Kefa and Yokhanan had testified and taught them D’var HaElohim, they returned to Yerushalayim after they had declared in many villages of Shomron.
26And a Malakh of יהוה spoke to Filipos, saying, “Arise and go south by way of the desert that leads down from Yerushalayim to Azatah.” 27So he arose and went; and he was met by a eunuch who had come from Ethiopia, an official of Kandeq, queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to worship at Yerushalayim. 28While he was returning, sitting in his chariot, he read the book of Yesha-Yahu HaNavi. 29And HaRu’akh said to Filipos, “Go near and keep close to the chariot.” 30And as Filipos drew near and heard him reading from the book of Yesha-Yahu HaNavi, he said to him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31And the Ethiopian said, “How can I understand unless someone teaches me?” And he invited Filipos to come up and sit with him. 32The portion of the scripture which he was reading was this: “He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and like a ewe lamb before the shearer, so he opened not his mouth. 33In his humiliation, he suffered imprisonment and judgment; none can tell his struggle, for even his life is taken away from the earth.” 34And the eunuch said to Filipos, “I pray, of whom does this Navi speak: of himself, or of some other man?” 35Then Filipos opened his mouth and began at that same scripture and declared to him concerning Adoneinu Yeshua. 36And as they went on their way, they came to a place where there was water; and the eunuch said, “Behold, here is water; what prevents me from being immersed?” 37And Filipos said, “If you trust with all your heart, you may.” And he answered, saying, “I trust that Yeshua HaMashi’akh is Ben HaElohim.” 38And he commanded the chariot be stopped; and both went down into the water, and Filipos immersed the eunuch. 39And when they came up from the water, the Ru’akh יהוה caught Filipos away and the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40Filipos was found at Azotus; and from there he traveled around and declared in all the cities until he came to Keysarya.
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