The Douay-Rheims Bible Acts 8

CHAPTERS: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28]

ACTS 8:1  And at that time there was raised a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all dispersed through the countries of Judea, and Samaria, except the apostles.

ACTS 8:2  And devout men took order for Stephen’s funeral, and made great mourning over him.

ACTS 8:3  But Saul made havock of the church, entering in from house to house, and dragging away men and women, committed them to prison.

ACTS 8:4  They therefore that were dispersed, went about preaching the word of God.

ACTS 8:5  And Philip going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them.

ACTS 8:6  And the people with one accord were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did.

ACTS 8:7  For many of them who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out.

ACTS 8:8  And many, taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed.

ACTS 8:9  There was therefore great joy in that city. Now there was a certain man named Simon, who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one:

ACTS 8:10  To whom they all gave ear, from the least to the greatest, saying: This man is the power of God, which is called great.

ACTS 8:11  And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices.

ACTS 8:12  But when they had believed Philip preaching of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

ACTS 8:13  Then Simon himself believed also; and being baptized, he adhered to Philip. And being astonished, wondered to see the signs and exceeding great miracles which were done.

ACTS 8:14  Now when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.

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

ACTS 8:16  For he was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

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

ACTS 8:18  And when Simon saw, that by the imposition of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

ACTS 8:19  Saying: Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I shall lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said to him:

ACTS 8:20  Keep thy money to thyself, to perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

ACTS 8:21  Thou hast no part nor lot in this matter. For thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

ACTS 8:22  Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.

ACTS 8:23  For I see thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of iniquity.

ACTS 8:24  Then Simon answering, said: Pray you for me to the Lord, that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me.

ACTS 8:25  And they indeed having testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many countries of the Samaritans.

ACTS 8:26  Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert.

ACTS 8:27  And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore.

ACTS 8:28  And he was returning, sitting in this chariot, and reading Isaias the prophet.

ACTS 8:29  And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

ACTS 8:30  And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?

ACTS 8:31  Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

ACTS 8:32  And the place of the scripture which he was reading was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb without voice before his shearer, so openeth he not his mouth.

ACTS 8:33  In humility his judgment was taken away. His generation who shall declare, for his life shall be taken from the earth?

ACTS 8:34  And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man?

ACTS 8:35  Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at this scripture, preached unto him Jesus.

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

ACTS 8:37  And Philip said: If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answering, 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 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 took away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more. And he went on his way rejoicing.

ACTS 8:40  But Philip was found in Azotus; and passing through, he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.