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 (Traditional)

使徒行傳 8:1-40

教會受迫害

1當時,掃羅也贊成殺死司提凡。從那天起,耶路撒冷的教會開始遭到極大的迫害。除了使徒之外,門徒都分散到猶太撒瑪利亞各地。 2有些虔誠人將司提凡埋葬了,為他大聲痛哭。

3掃羅卻在摧毀教會,他挨家挨戶搜尋,把男女信徒抓進監裡。

腓利傳揚福音

4但那些逃往各地的信徒逃到哪裡,就將福音傳到哪裡。 5腓利來到撒瑪利亞城宣講基督。 6城裡的人耳聞目睹他所行的神蹟,都聚精會神地聽他講道。 7當時有許多人被污鬼附身,那些污鬼大聲喊叫著被趕了出來。還有不少癱子和瘸子也被醫好了。 8城裡洋溢著歡樂的氣氛。

術士歸主

9有個名叫西門的術士,向來妄自尊大,曾用邪術使撒瑪利亞人驚奇不已。 10無論貴賤,眾人都聽從他,稱他為「上帝的大能者」。 11他們聽從他,因為他長期用邪術迷惑他們。 12後來,他們相信了腓利所傳關於上帝的國度和耶穌基督的福音,男男女女都接受了洗禮。 13西門本人也信了基督,接受了洗禮,並常常追隨腓利左右。腓利所行的神蹟奇事令他非常驚奇。

14耶路撒冷的使徒聽說撒瑪利亞人接受了上帝的道,就派彼得約翰去那裡。 15二人到了,為那些信徒禱告,好讓他們領受聖靈, 16因為他們只是奉耶穌的名受了洗,聖靈還沒有降在他們身上。 17使徒把手按在他們身上,他們就領受了聖靈。

18西門看見使徒把手一按在人身上,就有聖靈賜下來,便拿錢給使徒, 19說:「請把這能力也給我吧,以便我把手按在誰身上,就使誰領受聖靈。」

20彼得責備他說:「你和你的錢都一同毀滅吧!因為你以為可以用錢買上帝的恩賜! 21你在上帝面前心術不正,休想在我們的事工上有份。 22你要悔改,離棄邪惡,向主禱告,或許主會赦免你心中的邪念。 23我看得出你正因為嫉妒而心裡充滿了苦澀,被罪惡捆綁。」

24西門說:「請為我求求主,免得我遭受你們所說的刑罰。」

25彼得約翰為主做見證,傳講主的道。之後,他們啟程回耶路撒冷,沿途又在撒瑪利亞各村莊傳揚福音。

太監歸主

26有一天,主的天使對腓利說:「起來,向南走,往耶路撒冷通往迦薩的路去。」那條路很荒涼。 27腓利立刻動身,結果在那條路上遇見一個衣索匹亞的太監。他是衣索匹亞女王甘大基手下的重臣,負責管理國庫。他剛從耶路撒冷參加敬拜回來, 28正坐在車上誦讀以賽亞先知的書。 29聖靈吩咐腓利:「趕上去,貼近那輛馬車!」

30腓利跑上前,聽見太監在誦讀以賽亞先知的書,就問:「你明白所讀的經文嗎?」

31他說:「沒有人為我解釋,我怎能明白呢?」他就請腓利上車和他一起坐。 32他剛才念的那段經文是:

「祂默然不語,

像被人牽去宰殺的羔羊,

又如在剪毛人手下一聲不吭的綿羊。

33祂忍受恥辱,

無人為祂主持公道,

誰能明白那個世代呢?

因為祂的生命竟然被奪去。」

34太監問腓利:「請問先知是在說誰?在說他自己還是在說別人?」 35腓利就從這段經文入手向他傳耶穌的福音。 36他們往前走的時候,經過一處有水的地方,太監說:「你看,這裡有水,我可以在這裡接受洗禮嗎?」 37腓利說:「只要你全心相信,當然可以。」太監說:「我相信耶穌基督是上帝的兒子!」

38於是,太監吩咐停車,二人一同下到水裡,腓利為他施洗。 39他們從水裡上來時,主的靈把腓利帶走了。太監看不見腓利了,就繼續前行,滿心歡喜。 40後來,腓利出現在亞鎖都。他走遍那裡,在各城各鄉傳揚福音,直到凱撒利亞