8:1 But Saul was consentynge to his deth.
8:1 And greet persecucioun was maad that dai in the chirche, that was in Jerusalem. And alle men weren scatered bi the cuntrees of Judee and Samarie, outakun the apostlis.
8:2 But good men birieden Steuene, and maden greet mornyng on hym.
8:3 But Saul greetli distruyede the chirche, and entryde bi housis, and drowe men and wymmen, and bitook hem in to prisoun.
8:4 And thei that weren scaterid, passiden forth, prechynge the word of God.
8:5 And Filip cam doun in to a citee of Samarie, and prechide to hem Crist.
8:6 And the puple yaf tent to thes thingis that weren seid of Filip, with o wille herynge and seynge the signes that he dide.
8:7 For manye of hem that hadden vnclene spirits, crieden with a greet vois, and wenten out.
8:8 And manye sijk in the palsi, and crokid, weren heelid.
8:9 Therfor greet ioye was maad in that citee. But there was a man in that citee, whos name was Symount, a witche, that hadde disseyued the folc of Samarie, seiynge, that him silf was sum greet man.
8:10 Whom alle herkeneden, fro the leest to the moost, and seiden, This is the vertu of God, which is clepid greet.
8:11 And thei leueden hym, for long tyme he hadde maddid hem with his witche craftis.
8:12 But whanne thei hadden bileued to Filip, `that prechide of the kingdom of God, men and wymmen weren baptisid in the name of Jhesu Crist.
8:13 And thanne also Symount him silf bileued; and whanne he was baptisid, he drouy to Filip; and he sai also that signes and grete vertues weren don, he was astonyed, and wondride.
8:14 But whanne the apostlis that weren at Jerusalem, hadden herd that Samarie hadde resseyued the word of God, thei senten to hem Petre and Joon.
8:15 And whanne thei camen, thei preieden for hem, that thei schulden resseyue the Hooli Goost;
8:16 for he cam not yit in to ony of hem, but thei weren baptisid oonli in the name of the Lord Jhesu.
8:17 Thanne thei leiden hoondis on hem, and thei resseyueden the Hooli Goost.
8:18 And whanne Symount hadde seyn, that the Hooly Goost was youun bi leiyng on of the hoondis of the apostlis, and he proferide to hem money, and seide,
8:19 Yyue ye also to me this power, that whom euere Y schal leye on myn hoondis, that he resseyue the Hooli Goost.
8:20 But Petir seide to hym, Thi money be with thee into perdicioun, for thou gessidist the yifte of God schulde be had for monei.
8:21 Ther is no part, ne sort to thee, in this word, for thin herte is not riytful bifor God.
8:22 Therfor do thou penaunce for this wickidnesse of thee, and preie God, if perauenture this thouyt of thin herte be foryouun to thee.
8:23 For Y se that thou art in the gall of bitternesse and in the boond of wickidnesse.
8:24 And Symount answeride, and seide, Preie ye for me to the Lord, that no thing of these thingis that ye han seid, com on me.
8:25 And thei witnessiden, and spaken the word of the Lord, and yeden ayen to Jerusalem, and prechiden to many cuntrees of Samaritans.
8:26 And an aungel of the Lord spak to Filip, and seide, Ryse thou, and go ayens the south, to the weie that goith doun fro Jerusalem in to Gasa; this is desert.
8:27 And he roos, and wente forth. And lo! a man of Ethiopie, a myyti man seruaunt, a yelding of Candace, the queen of Ethiopiens, which was on alle her richessis, cam to worschipe in Jerusalem.
8:28 And he turnede ayen, sittinge on his chare, and redinge Isaie, the profete.
8:29 And the spirit seide to Filip, Neiye thou, and ioyne thee to this chare.
8:30 And Filip `ran to, and herde hym redynge Ysaie, the prophete. And he seide, Gessist thou, whether thou vndirstondist, what thingis thou redist?
8:31 And he seide, How may Y, if no man schewe to me? And he preiede Filip, that he schulde come vp, and sitte with hym.
8:32 And the place of the scripture that he redde, was this, As a scheep he was led to sleyng, and as a lomb bifor a man that scherith him is doumb with out vois, so he openyde not his mouth.
8:33 In mekenesse his dom was takun vp; who schal telle out the generacioun of hym? For his lijf schal be takun awei fro the erthe.
8:34 And the gelding answeride to Filip, and seide, Y biseche thee, of `what profete seith he this thing? of him silf, ethir of ony othere?
8:35 And Filip openyde his mouth, and bigan at this scripture, and prechide to him Jhesu.
8:36 And the while thei wenten bi the weie, thei camen to a water. And the gelding seide, Lo! watir; who forbedith me to be baptisid?
8:37 And Filip seide, If thou bileuest of al the herte, it is leueful. And he answeride, and seide, Y bileue that Jhesu Crist is the sone of God.
8:38 And he comaundide the chare to stonde stille. And thei wenten doun bothe into the watir, Filip and the gelding, and Filip baptiside hym.
8:39 And whanne thei weren come vp of the watir, the spirit of the Lord rauyschide Filip, and the gelding say hym no more.
8:40 And Filip was foundun in Azotus; and he passide forth, and prechide to alle citees, til he cam to Cesarie.
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