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Passage Lookup: Acts 8

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Acts 8:1
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(C1)Now Saul approved of putting (F1)Stephen to death. And on that day a great persecution (F2)began against (C2)the church in Jerusalem, and they were all (C3)scattered throughout the regions of Judea and (C4)Samaria, except for the apostles.
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Acts 8:2
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Some devout men buried Stephen, and mourned loudly for him.
Acts 8:3
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But (C1)Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and he would (C2)drag away men and women and put them in prison.
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Acts 8:4
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Therefore, those (C1)who had been scattered went through places (F1)(C2)preaching the word.
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Acts 8:5
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(C1)Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the (F1)Christ to them.
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Acts 8:6
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The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what was being said by Philip, as they heard and saw the (F1)signs which he was performing.
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Acts 8:7
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For in the case of many who had (C1)unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been (C2)paralyzed or limped on crutches were healed.
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Acts 8:8
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So there was (C1)much rejoicing in that city.
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Acts 8:9
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Now a man named Simon had previously been practicing (C1)magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, (C2)claiming to be someone great;
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Acts 8:10
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and all the people, from small to great, were paying attention to him, saying, "(C1)This man is the Power of God that is called Great."
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Acts 8:11
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And they were paying attention to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his (C1)magic arts.
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Acts 8:12
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But when they believed Philip (C1)as he was preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were being (C2)baptized.
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Acts 8:13
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Now even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed (C1)signs and (C2)great miracles taking place, he was repeatedly amazed.
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Acts 8:14
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Now when (C1)the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them (C2)Peter and John,
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Acts 8:15
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who came down and prayed for them (C1)that they would receive the Holy Spirit.
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Acts 8:16
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(For He had (C1)not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been (C2)baptized (F1)in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
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Acts 8:17
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Then they (C1)began laying their hands on them, and they were (C2)receiving the Holy Spirit.
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Acts 8:18
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Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
Acts 8:19
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saying, "Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
Acts 8:20
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But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could (C1)acquire the gift of God with money!
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Acts 8:21
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"You have (C1)no part or share in this (F1)matter, for your heart is not (C2)right before God.
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Acts 8:22
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"Therefore, repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, (C1)if possible, the intention of your heart will be forgiven you.
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Acts 8:23
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"For I see that you are (F1)in the gall of bitterness and in (C1)the (F2)bondage of unrighteousness."
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Acts 8:24
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But Simon answered and said, "(C1)Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
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Acts 8:25
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So, when they had solemnly (C1)testified and spoken (C2)the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were (C3)preaching the gospel to many villages of the (C4)Samaritans.
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Acts 8:26
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But (C1)an angel of the Lord spoke to (C2)Philip, saying, "Get ready and go (F1)south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to (C3)Gaza." ((F2)This is a desert road.)
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Acts 8:27
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So he got ready and went; and (F1)(C1)there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of (F2)Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he (C2)had come to Jerusalem to worship,
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Acts 8:28
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and he was returning and sitting in his (F1)chariot, and was reading Isaiah the prophet.
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Acts 8:29
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Then (C1)the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this (F1)chariot."
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Acts 8:30
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Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
Acts 8:31
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And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Acts 8:32
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Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: "(C1)HE WAS LED LIKE A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER; AND LIKE A LAMB THAT IS SILENT BEFORE ITS SHEARER, SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.
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Acts 8:33
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-"(C1)IN HUMILIATION HIS JUSTICE WAS TAKEN AWAY; WHO WILL (F1)DESCRIBE HIS (F2)GENERATION? FOR HIS LIFE IS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE EARTH."
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Acts 8:34
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The eunuch answered Philip and said, "Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself, or of someone else?"
Acts 8:35
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Then Philip (C1)opened his mouth, and (C2)beginning from this Scripture he (C3)preached Jesus to him.
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Acts 8:36
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As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch (*)said, "Look! Water! (C1)What prevents me from being baptized?"(F1)
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Acts 8:38
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And he ordered that the (F1)chariot stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.
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Acts 8:39
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When they came up out of the water, (C1)the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, (F1)but went on his way rejoicing.
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Acts 8:40
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But Philip (F1)found himself at (F2)(C1)Azotus, and as he passed through he (C2)kept preaching the gospel to all the cities, until he came to (C3)Caesarea.
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