King James Version

Acts 8:1-40

1And 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 Judæa and Samaria, except the apostles. 2And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 5Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7For 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. 8And there was great joy in that city. 9But 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: 10To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 12But 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. 13Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 14Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. 18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. 24Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. 25And 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. 26And 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. 27And 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, 28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32The 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: 33In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36And 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? 37And 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. 38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39And 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. 40But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cæsarea.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

使徒行传 8:1-40

教会受迫害

1当时,扫罗也赞成杀死司提凡。从那天起,耶路撒冷的教会开始遭到极大的迫害。除了使徒之外,门徒都分散到犹太撒玛利亚各地。 2有些虔诚人将司提凡埋葬了,为他大声痛哭。

3扫罗却在摧毁教会,他挨家挨户搜寻,把男女信徒抓进监里。

腓利传扬福音

4但那些逃往各地的信徒逃到哪里,就将福音传到哪里。 5腓利来到撒玛利亚城宣讲基督。 6城里的人耳闻目睹他所行的神迹,都聚精会神地听他讲道。 7当时有许多人被污鬼附身,那些污鬼大声喊叫着被赶了出来。还有不少瘫子和瘸子也被医好了。 8城里洋溢着欢乐的气氛。

术士归主

9有个名叫西门的术士,向来妄自尊大,曾用邪术使撒玛利亚人惊奇不已。 10无论贵贱,众人都听从他,称他为“上帝的大能者”。 11他们听从他,因为他长期用邪术迷惑他们。 12后来,他们相信了腓利传的有关上帝的国度和耶稣基督的福音,男男女女都接受了洗礼。 13西门本人也信了基督,接受了洗礼,并常常追随腓利左右。腓利所行的神迹奇事令他非常惊奇。

14耶路撒冷的使徒听说撒玛利亚人接受了上帝的道,就派彼得约翰去那里。 15二人到了,为那些信徒祷告,好让他们领受圣灵, 16因为他们只是奉耶稣的名受了洗,圣灵还没有降在他们身上。 17使徒把手按在他们身上,他们就领受了圣灵。

18西门看见使徒把手一按在人身上,就有圣灵赐下来,便拿钱给使徒, 19说:“请把这能力也给我吧,以便我把手按在谁身上,就使谁领受圣灵。”

20彼得责备他说:“你和你的钱都一同毁灭吧!因为你以为可以用钱买上帝的恩赐! 21你在上帝面前心术不正,休想在我们的事工上有份。 22你要悔改,离弃邪恶,向主祷告,或许主会赦免你心中的邪念。 23我看得出你正因为嫉妒而心里充满了苦涩,被罪恶捆绑。”

24西门说:“请为我求求主,免得我遭受你们所说的刑罚。”

25彼得约翰为主做见证,传讲主的道。之后,他们启程回耶路撒冷,沿途又在撒玛利亚各村庄传扬福音。

太监归主

26有一天,主的天使对腓利说:“起来,向南走,往耶路撒冷通往迦萨的路去。”那条路很荒凉。 27腓利立刻动身,结果在那条路上遇见一个埃塞俄比亚的太监。他是埃塞俄比亚女王甘大基手下的重臣,负责管理国库。他刚从耶路撒冷参加敬拜回来, 28正坐在车上诵读以赛亚先知的书。 29圣灵吩咐腓利:“赶上去,贴近那辆马车!”

30腓利跑上前,听见太监在诵读以赛亚先知的书,就问:“你明白所读的经文吗?”

31他说:“没有人为我解释,我怎能明白呢?”他就请腓利上车和他一起坐。 32他刚才念的那段经文是:

“祂默然不语,

像被人牵去宰杀的羔羊,

又如在剪毛人手下一声不吭的绵羊。

33祂忍受耻辱,

无人为祂主持公道,

谁能明白那个世代呢?

因为祂的生命竟然被夺去。”

34太监问腓利:“请问先知是在说谁?在说他自己还是在说别人?” 35腓利就从这段经文入手向他传耶稣的福音。 36他们往前走的时候,经过一处有水的地方,太监说:“你看,这里有水,我可以在这里接受洗礼吗?” 37腓利说:“只要你全心相信,当然可以。”太监说:“我相信耶稣基督是上帝的儿子!”

38于是,太监吩咐停车,二人一同下到水里,腓利为他施洗。 39他们从水里上来时,主的灵把腓利带走了。太监看不见腓利了,就继续前行,满心欢喜。 40后来,腓利出现在亚锁都。他走遍那里,在各城各乡传扬福音,直到凯撒利亚