Acts 8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.
Persecution Scatters the Believers
A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. 2 (Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.) 3 But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.
Philip Preaches in Samaria
4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. 5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. 6 Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. 7 Many evil[a] spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
9 A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, amazing the people of Samaria and claiming to be someone great. 10 Everyone, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as “the Great One—the Power of God.” 11 They listened closely to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his magic.
12 But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself believed and was baptized. He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the signs and great miracles Philip performed.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God’s message, they sent Peter and John there. 15 As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit. 16 The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power. 19 “Let me have this power, too,” he exclaimed, “so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!”
20 But Peter replied, “May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God’s gift can be bought! 21 You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God. 22 Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, 23 for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”
24 “Pray to the Lord for me,” Simon exclaimed, “that these terrible things you’ve said won’t happen to me!”
25 After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News.
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south[b] down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”
30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.
36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?”[d] 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.
Hechos 8 Nueva Traducción Viviente (NTV)
8 Saulo fue uno de los testigos y estuvo totalmente de acuerdo con el asesinato de Esteban.
La persecución dispersa a los creyentes
Ese día comenzó una gran ola de persecución que se extendió por toda la iglesia de Jerusalén; y todos los creyentes excepto los apóstoles fueron dispersados por las regiones de Judea y Samaria. 2 (Con profundo dolor, unos hombres consagrados enterraron a Esteban). 3 Y Saulo iba por todas partes con la intención de acabar con la iglesia. Iba de casa en casa y sacaba a rastras tanto a hombres como a mujeres y los metía en la cárcel.
Felipe predica en Samaria
4 Así que los creyentes que se esparcieron predicaban la Buena Noticia acerca de Jesús adondequiera que iban. 5 Felipe, por ejemplo, se dirigió a la ciudad de Samaria y allí le contó a la gente acerca del Mesías. 6 Las multitudes escuchaban atentamente a Felipe, porque estaban deseosas de oír el mensaje y ver las señales milagrosas que él hacía. 7 Muchos espíritus malignos[a] fueron expulsados, los cuales gritaban cuando salían de sus víctimas; y muchos que habían sido paralíticos o cojos fueron sanados. 8 Así que hubo mucha alegría en esa ciudad.
9 Un hombre llamado Simón, quien por muchos años había sido hechicero allí, asombraba a la gente de Samaria y decía ser alguien importante. 10 Todos, desde el más pequeño hasta el más grande, a menudo se referían a él como «el Grande, el Poder de Dios». 11 Lo escuchaban con atención porque, por mucho tiempo, él los había maravillado con su magia.
12 Pero ahora la gente creyó el mensaje de Felipe sobre la Buena Noticia acerca del reino de Dios y del nombre de Jesucristo. Como resultado, se bautizaron muchos hombres y mujeres. 13 Luego el mismo Simón creyó y fue bautizado. Comenzó a seguir a Felipe a todos los lugares adonde él iba y estaba asombrado por las señales y los grandes milagros que Felipe hacía.
14 Cuando los apóstoles de Jerusalén oyeron que la gente de Samaria había aceptado el mensaje de Dios, enviaron a Pedro y a Juan allá. 15 En cuanto ellos llegaron, oraron por los nuevos creyentes para que recibieran el Espíritu Santo. 16 El Espíritu Santo todavía no había venido sobre ninguno de ellos porque solo habían sido bautizados en el nombre del Señor Jesús. 17 Entonces Pedro y Juan impusieron sus manos sobre esos creyentes, y recibieron el Espíritu Santo.
18 Cuando Simón vio que el Espíritu se recibía cuando los apóstoles imponían sus manos sobre la gente, les ofreció dinero para comprar ese poder.
19 —Déjenme tener este poder también —exclamó—, para que, cuando yo imponga mis manos sobre las personas, ¡reciban el Espíritu Santo!
20 Pedro le respondió:
—¡Que tu dinero se destruya junto contigo por pensar que es posible comprar el don de Dios! 21 Tú no tienes parte ni derecho en esto porque tu corazón no es recto delante de Dios. 22 Arrepiéntete de tu maldad y ora al Señor. Tal vez él perdone tus malos pensamientos, 23 porque puedo ver que estás lleno de una profunda envidia y que el pecado te tiene cautivo.
24 —¡Oren al Señor por mí! —exclamó Simón—. ¡Que no me sucedan estas cosas terribles que has dicho!
25 Después de dar testimonio y predicar la palabra del Señor en Samaria, Pedro y Juan regresaron a Jerusalén. Por el camino, se detuvieron en muchas aldeas samaritanas para predicar la Buena Noticia.
Felipe y el eunuco etíope
26 En cuanto a Felipe, un ángel del Señor le dijo: «Ve al sur[b] por el camino del desierto que va de Jerusalén a Gaza». 27 Entonces él emprendió su viaje y se encontró con el tesorero de Etiopía, un eunuco de mucha autoridad bajo el mando de Candace, la reina de Etiopía. El eunuco había ido a Jerusalén a adorar 28 y ahora venía de regreso. Sentado en su carruaje, leía en voz alta el libro del profeta Isaías.
29 El Espíritu Santo le dijo a Felipe: «Acércate y camina junto al carruaje».
30 Felipe se acercó corriendo y oyó que el hombre leía al profeta Isaías. Felipe le preguntó:
—¿Entiendes lo que estás leyendo?
31 El hombre contestó:
—¿Y cómo puedo entenderlo, a menos que alguien me explique?
Y le rogó a Felipe que subiera al carruaje y se sentara junto a él.
32 El pasaje de la Escritura que leía era el siguiente:
«Como oveja fue llevado al matadero.
34 El eunuco le preguntó a Felipe: «Dime, ¿hablaba el profeta acerca de sí mismo o de alguien más?». 35 Entonces, comenzando con esa misma porción de la Escritura, Felipe le habló de la Buena Noticia acerca de Jesús.
36 Mientras iban juntos, llegaron a un lugar donde había agua, y el eunuco dijo: «¡Mira, allí hay agua! ¿Qué impide que yo sea bautizado?».[d] 38 Ordenó que detuvieran el carruaje, descendieron al agua, y Felipe lo bautizó.
39 Cuando salieron del agua, el Espíritu del Señor arrebató a Felipe. El eunuco nunca más volvió a verlo, pero siguió su camino con mucha alegría. 40 Entre tanto, Felipe se encontró más al norte, en la ciudad de Azoto. Predicó la Buena Noticia allí y en cada pueblo a lo largo del camino, hasta que llegó a Cesarea.
Acts 8 New International Version (NIV)
8 And Saul approved of their killing him.
The Church Persecuted and Scattered
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Philip in Samaria
4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
Simon the Sorcerer
9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
Philip and the Ethiopian
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”  [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.