Then Phillip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Phillip hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lamed were healed.
And there was a great joy in that city. But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced the use of witchcraft in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great.
To whom they all gave heed from the least to the greatest saying, ” This man is the great power of God. ” And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.
But when they believed Phillip as he preached the things concerning the Kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Then Simon himself believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Phillip, and was amazed, seeing miracles and signs which were done.
Now , when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as of yet, the Holy Spirit had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Now, when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. for I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity. “
Then Simon answered and said, ” Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me. “
So when they have testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.