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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

使徒の働き 8:1-40


1パウロは、ステパノを殺すことに大賛成でした。その日から、激しい迫害の嵐がエルサレムの教会を襲い、使徒たち以外の者はみな、ユダヤやサマリヤへ散らされました。 2ステパノの遺体は、敬虔なユダヤ人たちの手で、悲しみのうちに埋葬されました。 3一方、パウロは教会を荒らし回り、家々に押し入っては男女を問わず引きずり出し、留置場にぶち込みました。


4しかし、エルサレムから逃げ出したクリスチャンたちは、どこへ行っても、神のことばを伝えて歩きました。 5ピリポはサマリヤの町へ行き、人々にキリストのことを話しました。 6ピリポが奇跡を行ったので、みな彼の話に熱心に耳を傾けたのです。 7悪霊どもは大声でわめきながら人々から出て行き、中風(脳出血などによる半身不随、手足のまひ等の症状)の人や足の不自由な人たちも、次々に治りました。 8今や、町中が喜びにわき返り、大騒ぎです。

9-11さてこの町には、長年、魔術を行ってきた人がいました。シモンと言い、持ち前の不思議な力で人々を驚かせていたので、サマリヤ地方でたいへんな影響力を持っていました。メシヤではないかと言われたこともしばしばでした。 12しかし今は、だいぶ様子が違ってきました。ピリポが来て、イエスこそメシヤだと教えたからです。彼が神の国について話すのを聞き、大ぜいの人が信じ、男も女もみなバプテスマ(洗礼)を受けました。 13そのうちにシモンも信じ、バプテスマを受けることになりました。彼はピリポの行くところはどこへでもついて行き、その奇跡に驚いていました。

14エルサレムにとどまっていた使徒たちは、サマリヤ人が神の教えを信じたと伝え聞き、ペテロとヨハネを派遣しました。 15二人はサマリヤに来ると、さっそく、新しいクリスチャンたちが聖霊を受けるようにと祈りました。 16主イエスの名によってバプテスマを受けただけで、まだ聖霊が下っていなかったからです。 17二人が信者たちに手を置いて祈ると、みな聖霊を受けました。

18使徒たちが手を置くと聖霊が与えられるのを見たシモンは、この力を買い取ろうと、お金を持ってやって来ました。 19「お願いです。手を置けば、だれでも聖霊が受けられるように、私にもその力を下さい。」彼はしきりに頼みました。

20しかし、ペテロは答えました。「その金もろとも滅んでしまいなさい! 金で神の賜物が買えるとでも思っているのか。とんでもない見当違いだ。 21心が神の前に正しくないのに、この特権がいただけるはずがない。 22こんなことは二度としてはいけない。悔い改めて祈りなさい。あなたのような不心得者でも、まだ赦していただけるかもしれない。 23私にはちゃんとわかっている。あなたの心の中は、ねたみと罪でいっぱいだ。」 24シモンは驚いて叫びました。「ああ、そんな恐ろしいことが起こらないように祈ってください!」


26ところで、ピリポはどうしたでしょう。主の使いが現れて、「さあ、エルサレムからガザの荒野へ通じる道に出なさい」と言うではありませんか。 27言われたとおりにすると、エチオピヤの女王カンダケのもとで、大きな権力を持ち、女王の財政を管理していたエチオピヤ人の宦官(宮殿や支配者の後宮に仕える、去勢された男性の役人)が向こうから来ます。この人は、神殿で礼拝するためにエルサレムへ行き、 28いま馬車で帰るところで、ちょうど預言者イザヤの書を声に出して読んでいました。

29聖霊がピリポをうながしました。「さあ、あの馬車に近づいて、いっしょに行きなさい。」 30ピリポが走り寄ると、イザヤの書を読んでいるのが聞こえます。そこで、「失礼ですが、その意味がおわかりですか」と尋ねました。 31「残念ながら、だれかが教えてくれないとわかりません。」こう答えると、その人はピリポに、馬車に乗ってそばに座ってほしいと頼みました。















38宦官がはっきり告白したので、馬車を止めさせ、二人して水の中に入り、ピリポはバプテスマを授けました。 39二人が水から上がった時、主の霊が、あっという間にピリポを連れ去りました。宦官はもう二度とピリポの姿を見ることはできませんでしたが、喜びに胸をはずませ、旅を続けました。 40一方、ピリポはアゾトの町に姿を現し、そこから町々で福音を伝えながら、カイザリヤに向かいました。