King James Version (KJV)
Alternate with Word Pictures and Reiterations (AWPR)
Translator's comments or notes regarding passage will appear in green
approving - consenting - and taking pleasure
to the murder and taking away of the dead body of him
[Stephen] (for burial).
Then, that one there day, it came into being (that there was)
a great hostile pursuing - chasing (down) persecution
upon the Church in Jerusalem;
and all were dispersed and scattered
(like seed that is thrown about)
down upon the regions of Judea and Samaria
over and above / except (for) the Apostles.
2) Then devout GOD fearing (mature) men (of importance)
received, obtained, and together brought Stephen,
and made - produced - caused a great wailing - lamentation
3) Then Saul destroyed - ravaged - made into a vandalized waste
entering down in of its house
[That is, entering anywhere that was deemed
a "Christian Sanctuary."
This cover's Solomon's
Porch, the Upper Room at the southeast
Temple Corner, any synagogue used exclusively
-- by example, in 70 A.D. at the Roman conquest, Jerusalem
had 500various non-Christian Jewish synagogues
when it wasdemolished by war with the Romans,
and needed only a size as that for 10 adult men and their
rabbi to establish a synagogue or sanctuary house--
and any private home used as a Church meeting place
for believers in Yeshua / Jesus.]
[by general implication, the subject is first bound and tied
and then pulled along against their will]
[implies beating into semi-consciousness or unconsciousness
and then dragging the legs and feet along the ground, or taking
up the legs and dragging the body along the ground as if it were
a despised corpse to be disposed of]
both men and women he delivered and gave over into prison.
4) Those indeed - truly thereupon being dispersed
[like seed that is thrown about]
came and passed through
[the various towns and provinces along their forced journeys of flight]
evangelizing - preaching the Gospel - proclaiming the Good News
of the Intelligent Word.
5) Then Philip, descending down (to a lower region)
[that is, coming down from Jerusalem]
into a city of Samaria,
publicly announced - proclaimed - preached and taught
to them the Christ - the Messiah - the Anointed One.
6) And the crowds - throngs - multitudes
gave heed and paid attention up to and alongside with
that being intelligently spoken under / by
(and they did so) with one unified unanimous mind and
passion in the intent hearing - careful listening (of) them,
and (in the) beholding with eyesight the miracles - seeing the
which he was doing - causing - bringing about
7) because of the (ones) having - holding - possessing
unclean spirits with a great voice crying aloud
(as if in great terror or pain)
came forth out.
Then, many having been enfeebled or paralyzed
and lame / maimed
were (miraculously) healed - cured.
8) And there came into being
great joy - great rejoicing with gladness
in that there one city.
9) Then a certain man, by name Simon,
who existed from beforetime in the city,
practicing magic - conjuring sorcery
causing a state of standing out
(as though making them beside themselves and
out of their minds) / amazing - astonishing
the ethnic nation of Samaria,
laying down definite words saying himself to be a certain
10) To whom all gave heed and attention
up to and alongside with, from small to great, saying,
'This one, he is the power of the great GOD.'
11) Then they were giving heedto him
through a sufficiently long time
with the practicing of magic - conjuring of sorcery
(with which he) had amazed them
(to the point of making them beside themselves
or out of their minds).
12) Then, when they believed upon - trusted upon Philip
evangelizing - preaching / proclaiming the Gospel
around about concerning the Kingdom of GOD
and the Name of Jesus Christ - Messhiach Yeshua,
they were immersed - submerged (completely) -
baptized (in water), both men and women.
13) Then Simon himself also trusted upon - believed upon:
and being immersed - submerged (completely) - baptized
(in water) was steadfastly enduring and remaining
up alongside next to Philip,
and beholding intently
(while gazing with interest - attention
and wondering at the manifest miraculous)
and miraculous signs (having a spiritual purpose)
occurring - happening,
he was standing out
(as though beside himself in amazement, and
as out of his mind in astonishment).
14) Then hearing intently - paying attention and listening to
the Apostles in Jerusalem because he received and readily
accepted the intelligent word of GOD in Samaria,
they sent away forth Peter and John up to and
alongside with them.
15) Anyone who descended down
[from Jerusalem to Samaria]
prayed aloud up alongside with
aroundabout - concerning them
so as in what manner they might
take - hold - seize - receive (the) Holy Spirit.
16) Because He was not yet upon,
having thrown Himself and fallen upon,
certainly not one of them:
then only alone they who existed as were
being immersed - submerged (completely) - baptized
into the Name of the LORD Jesus - YHVeH Yeshua.
17) Then they put - lay - set - placed
upon the hands upon them,
and they took - held - seized - received
(the) Holy Spirit.
18) Then Simon beholding intently
(while gazing with interest - attention and wonder)
that through the placing and laying upon of the hands
of the Apostles
is given - bestowed of their own good will and accord
the Holy Spirit,
he brought and offered money up alongside next to them,
19) Laying down definite words, saying,
'Give - Bestow of your own good will and accord
I also this
right - permission - power of authority (to do or not do)
in order that to whosoever I
lay - set - place upon the hands
he may take - hold - seize - receive
(the) Holy Spirit.'
20) Then Peter said up alongside with him,
'The silver of you, with you,
might be into a full loss - a full destruction / perdition,
because you supposed that according to Law or Custom
to get - acquire - purchase for yourself
the free gift of GOD through money.
21) There is certainly not to you
a share - a portion - a part - a (casting of) lot(s) (chance)
in this intelligent word (on this matter):
because (the) heart of you is certainly not straight
[not right and true]
in the face of - in the presence of - before GOD.
22) Repent - Change your mind therefore
from this wickedness of the mind - evil thinking
of you, and petition - beseech GOD
for what you lack - for what you have need of,
if perhaps then you will be
(let go / set free of the power and possessiveness, and)
forgiven the thought of the heart of you.
23) Because into the bile / gall of (angry) bitterness and
a tendon - ligament of /
[like a joint tendon, attached to - dedicating yourself to ]
a bond of
unrighteousness - (doing) injustice - (doing) wrong
I perceive you being.'
24) Then Simon said,
'You petition - beseech over me,
up alongside with the LORD
in what manner so as what you have expressly spoken,
(that) not one [of what you say]
may come upon me.'
25) They indeed - truly thereupon having repeatedly borne witness
and having spoken at random
the intelligent word - speech - discourse of the LORD,
underturned about - returned into Jerusalem,
having evangelized - having preached the Gospel
to many outlying villages and hamlets
of the Samaritans.
26) Then an Angel of (the) LORD spoke at random
up alongside with Philip,
laying down definite words, saying,
'Rise and stand again - Stand forth
and pass and go through - and walk and pass through
down at mid-day / at noon
upon the road - highway
descending down from Jerusalem into Gaza.'
This is desolate wilderness - desert waste(land).
27) And rising up - standing again - standing forth,
he walked and passed through.
And behold, look and see: he saw an Ethiopian man,
a eunuch (a bed chamber keeper)
possessing (the) authority of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians,
who was over all the Treasury of her,
who had come forth publicly into Jerusalem
to pay homage and worship.
28) And (he) was underturning about - returning.
And sitting down upon the chariot of him,
he read accurately [aloud] the prophet Isaiah.
29) Then said the Spirit to Philip,
'Come up alongside next to and accompany - cleave
to this chariot.'
30) Then running up alongside next to,
Philip intently listened and heard from him
accurately reading [aloud] the prophet Isaiah,
'You do (not) therefore know then what you are
31) Then he said,
'For how - For in what manner or way
should I be able - capable
unless perhaps someone shall
lead the way - guide - teach me?
And he called Philipto the side of (him),
to come up and sit down with him.
32) Then the content - passage contained of the Scripture
which he was accurately reading [aloud] was this:
'Just so as a sheep walking before / (on) ahead,
He was brought and led upon (His sacrificial) slaughter;
and just as a lamb (for sacrifice) in opposition
before its shearing is without voice / mute - dumb,
so He certainly not opens His mouth.'
33) In the humiliation - abasement - bringing low of Him,
the (act and the ability of) Judgment was taken and removed
away (with violence);
then the generation - the genealogical circle of time of Him,
who will narrate - relate fully (of to its end)?
Because the life of Him is taken and removed away
(with violence) from the Earth.'
34) Then the eunuch, answering discreetly to philip said,
'I beseech you - I ask you,
around about whom the prophet definitively says this?
Around about himself or
around about another different someone?'
35) Then Philip opening again the mouth of him,
and beginning - starting from this Scripture,
evangelized - preached the Gospel of Jesus - Yeshua
36) Then as they were going and passing through down the
road - highway, they came upon some running rain waters.
[Likely a flowing rain runoff wadi stream or temporary small river flow]
Asks - Inquires the eunuch,
'Behold, look and see! Running rain water.
What stunts - hinders - prevents me to be
baptized - immersed in (running) water?'
37) Then said Philip,
'If you trustingly believe from the whole heart,
it is to be from out of this
(as possible, lawful, right to do).'
Then discerningly, he [the eunuch] said,
'I trustingly believe the Son of GOD to be
Jesus Christ - Yeshua (the) Messiah.'
38) And he [the eunuch] gave the motion of command
(for) the chariot to stand as set in place,
and each of (the) two went down in the running rain water,
both Philip and the eunuch,
and he baptized - immersed him (completely).
39) Then, when they [both] ascended up - came up
out of the running rain water,
(the) Spirit of (the) LORD
snatched away - caught up forcibly - raptured
and the eunuch certainly did not see - behold - observe
him any longer - any more,
for he went passing through [continuing down southward on]
the way - road - highway of him rejoicing.
[Note: In this instance, the snatching away of Philip was to a distance of about 10 miles away almost due west to Azotus, also know as Ashdod, in Gaza (verse 40, next verse). It is a necessary example, as the Two Great Witnesses in the end of days will visit the various nations of the earth by this means of (likely) cherub snatched and flown transport. -- Brianroy ]
And going through, he evangelized - he preached the Gospel