The Book of Acts – Chapter 8܀ ܦܪܟܣܣ ܕܫܠܝ̈ܚܐ ܀
1 And Saul was consenting and participating in his death.
And there was, in that day, a great persecution against the community that was at Jerusalem; and they were all dispersed, except the legates, among the villages of Judaea and likewise among the Samaritans.
2 And believing men gathered up and buried Stephen.
And they lamented over him greatly.
3 And Saul persecuted the community of God, entering houses, and dragging forth men and women and committing them to prison.
4 And they who were dispersed, travelled about and preached the word of God.
5 And Philip went down to a city of the Samaritans, and preached concerning the Messiah.
6 And when the people who were there heard his discourse, they gave ear to him, and acquiesced in all that he said; because they saw the signs which he wrought.
7 For many who were possessed by unclean spirits, cried with a loud voice, and came out of them:
and others, who were paralytic and lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
9 And there was a certain man there, whose name was Simon, who had resided in that city a long time, and who seduced the people of the Samaritans by his sorceries, magnifying himself, and saying, I am a great personage.
10 And they all inclined towards him, great and small; and they said,
This is the mighty power of God.
11 And they acquiesced in him, because for a long time he had astonished them by his sorceries.
12 But when they gave credence to Philip, as he preached the kingdom of God, in the name of our Lord Jesus Messiah; they were baptized, both men and women.
13 And Simon himself also believed, and was baptized, and adhered to Philip.
And when he saw the signs and mighty deeds which were wrought by his hand, he was surprised and astonished.
14 And when the legates at Jerusalem, heard that the people of the Samaritans had received the word of God, they sent out to them Simon Cephas and John.
15 And they went down, and prayed over them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
16 For he was not yet on any one of them; and they had only been baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus.
17 Then they laid the hand on them; and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that, by the imposition* of a hand of the legates, the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
Give me also this prerogative, that he on whom I impose a hand, may receive the Holy Spirit.
20 Simon Cephas said to him:
Thy money go with thee to perdition ! because thou hast supposed, that the gift of God may be purchased by a worldly substance.
21 Thou hast no part nor lot in this faith; because thy heart is not right before God.
22 Nevertheless, repent of this thy wickedness, and entreat of God, if perhaps the guile of thy heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the bitter gall and in the bonds of iniquity.
24 Simon answered and said:
Intercede ye with God for me, that nothing of which ye have mentioned may come upon me.
25 And Simon and John, when they had testified, and had taught them the word of God, returned to Jerusalem. And they had preached in many villages of the Samaritans.
26 And the angel of the Lord spake with Philip, and said to him:
Arise, go to the south, along the desert way that leadeth down from Jerusalem to Gaza.
27 And he arose and went. And there met him a eunuch, who had come from Cush, an officer of Candace, queen of the Cushites, who had charge of all her treasure; and he had come to worship at Jerusalem.
28 And as he turned to go, he was sitting in his chariot, and was reading in Isaiah the prophet.
29 And the Holy Spirit said to Philip:
Go near, and join thyself to the chariot.
30 And when he came near, he heard him reading in Isaiah the prophet; and he said to him:
Understandest thou what thou readest ?
31 And he said:
How can I understand, unless some one instruct me ?
And he requested of Philip, that he would come up and sit with him.
32 And the section of scripture in which he was reading, was this:
As a lamb to the slaughter he was led away, and as a sheep before the shearer is silent, so also he in his humility opened not his mouth.
33 From prison and from judgment he was carried:
and his generation, who will declare? for his life is taken away from the earth.
34 And the eunuch said to Philip:
I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this ? of himself, or of some other person ?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth and, from that scripture, began to preach to him concerning our Lord Jesus.
36 And as they proceeded on the way, they came to a certain place in which there was water.
And the eunuch said: Lo, [here is] water; what doth forbid, that I should be baptized?
37 [And Philip said:
38 And he commanded the chariot to stop; and they both went down to the water, and Philip baptized the eunuch.
39 And when they came up from the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more; but he went on his way rejoicing.
40 And Philip was found at Azotus; and from there he travelled about, and preached in all the cities, until he came to Caesarea.
* v. 18 The laying on of hands (some interpret as voting approval) was a human tradition. There is no precedent in Scripture in order to receive GOD’s spirit gift.
[* This 37th verse is not in any of the earlier editions, and is excluded from the text of the London editions of 1816 and 1826.]
2 Maccabees 15 KJVA
1 But Nicanor, hearing that Judas and his company were in the strong places about Samaria, resolved without any danger to set upon them on the sabbath day. 2 Nevertheless the Jews that were compelled to go with him said, O destroy not so cruelly and barbarously, but give honour to that day, which he, that seeth all things, hath honoured with holiness above all other days. 3 Then the most ungracious wretch demanded, if there were a Mighty one in heaven, that had commanded the sabbath day to be kept. 4 And when they said, There is in heaven a living Lord, and mighty, who commanded the seventh day to be kept: 5 Then said the other, And I also am mighty upon earth, and I command to take arms, and to do the king’s business. Yet he obtained not to have his wicked will done. 6 So Nicanor in exceeding pride and haughtiness determined to set up a publick monument of his victory over Judas and them that were with him. 7 But Maccabeus had ever sure confidence that the Lord would help him: 8 Wherefore he exhorted his people not to fear the coming of the heathen against them, but to remember the help which in former times they had received from heaven, and now to expect the victory and aid, which should come unto them from the Almighty. 9 And so comforting them out of the law and the prophets, and withal putting them in mind of the battles that they won afore, he made them more cheerful. 10 And when he had stirred up their minds, he gave them their charge, shewing them therewithal the falsehood of the heathen, and the breach of oaths. 11 Thus he armed every one of them, not so much with defence of shields and spears, as with comfortable and good words: and beside that, he told them a dream worthy to be believed, as if it had been so indeed, which did not a little rejoice them. 12 And this was his vision: That Onias, who had been high priest, a virtuous and a good man, reverend in conversation, gentle in condition, well spoken also, and exercised from a child in all points of virtue, holding up his hands prayed for the whole body of the Jews. 13 This done, in like manner there appeared a man with gray hairs, and exceeding glorious, who was of a wonderful and excellent majesty. 14 Then Onias answered, saying, This is a lover of the brethren, who prayeth much for the people, and for the holy city, to wit, Jeremias the prophet of God. 15 Whereupon Jeremias holding forth his right hand gave to Judas a sword of gold, and in giving it spake thus, 16 Take this holy sword, a gift from God, with the which thou shalt wound the adversaries. 17 Thus being well comforted by the words of Judas, which were very good, and able to stir them up to valour, and to encourage the hearts of the young men, they determined not to pitch camp, but courageously to set upon them, and manfully to try the matter by conflict, because the city and the sanctuary and the temple were in danger. 18 For the care that they took for their wives, and their children, their brethren, and folks, was in least account with them: but the greatest and principal fear was for the holy temple. 19 Also they that were in the city took not the least care, being troubled for the conflict abroad. 20 And now, when as all looked what should be the trial, and the enemies were already come near, and the army was set in array, and the beasts conveniently placed, and the horsemen set in wings, 21 Maccabeus seeing the coming of the multitude, and the divers preparations of armour, and the fierceness of the beasts, stretched out his hands toward heaven, and called upon the Lord that worketh wonders, knowing that victory cometh not by arms, but even as it seemeth good to him, he giveth it to such as are worthy: 22 Therefore in his prayer he said after this manner; O Lord, thou didst send thine angel in the time of Ezekias king of Judea, and didst slay in the host of Sennacherib an hundred fourscore and five thousand: 23 Wherefore now also, O Lord of heaven, send a good angel before us for a fear and dread unto them; 24 And through the might of thine arm let those be stricken with terror, that come against thy holy people to blaspheme. And he ended thus. 25 Then Nicanor and they that were with him came forward with trumpets and songs. 26 But Judas and his company encountered the enemies with invocation and prayer. 27 So that fighting with their hands, and praying unto God with their hearts, they slew no less than thirty and five thousand men: for through the appearance of God they were greatly cheered. 28 Now when the battle was done, returning again with joy, they knew that Nicanor lay dead in his harness. 29 Then they made a great shout and a noise, praising the Almighty in their own language. 30 And Judas, who was ever the chief defender of the citizens both in body and mind, and who continued his love toward his countrymen all his life, commanded to strike off Nicanor’s head, and his hand with his shoulder, and bring them to Jerusalem. 31 So when he was there, and called them of his nation together, and set the priests before the altar, he sent for them that were of the tower, 32 And shewed them vile Nicanor’s head, and the hand of that blasphemer, which with proud brags he had stretched out against the holy temple of the Almighty. 33 And when he had cut out the tongue of that ungodly Nicanor, he commanded that they should give it by pieces unto the fowls, and hang up the reward of his madness before the temple. 34 So every man praised toward the heaven the glorious Lord, saying, Blessed be he that hath kept his own place undefiled. 35 He hanged also Nicanor’s head upon the tower, an evident and manifest sign unto all of the help of the Lord. 36 And they ordained all with a common decree in no case to let that day pass without solemnity, but to celebrate the thirtieth day of the twelfth month, which in the Syrian tongue is called Adar, the day before Mardocheus’ day. 37 Thus went it with Nicanor: and from that time forth the Hebrews had the city in their power. And here will I make an end. 38 And if I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired: but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto. 39 For as it is hurtful to drink wine or water alone; and as wine mingled with water is pleasant, and delighteth the taste: even so speech finely framed delighteth the ears of them that read the story. And here shall be an end.
2 Maccabees 15 KJV