Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1But Shaul was consenting and participating in his murder, and in that day there was great persecution toward the church which was in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered into the villages of Judea, and among the Samaritans, except for the Apostles. 2And believing men gathered up and buried Estephanaus, and they grieved over him greatly. 3But Shaul was persecuting the Church of God, as he was entering houses and dragging men and women and delivering them to prison.
4Those who were scattered were traveling and preaching the word of God. 5But Philippus went down to the city of the Samaritans and he was preaching to them about The Messiah. 6And as they were listening to his message, the people who were listening were persuaded by all that he had said, for they saw the signs that he did. 7For many who had been seized by foul spirits were screaming with a loud voice, and they were coming out from them, and others who were paralytic and crippled were healed. 8And there was great joy in that city.
9But there was a man there whose name was Simon who had dwelt there in that city for a long time. By his sorcery he deceived the people of the Samaritans as he was magnifying himself and saying, "I am the great God." 10And they were all praying to him, noble and common, and they were saying, "This is the great power of God." 11And they were all persuaded by him, because many times he had astonished them by his sorceries. 12When they believed Philippus, who was proclaiming The Kingdom of God in the name of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, they were being baptized, men and women. 13Simon also believed and was baptized and was joined to Philippus, and when he saw the signs and the great miracles that were done by his hand, he marveled and was astonished.
14And when the Apostles of Jerusalem heard that the people of the Samaritans had received the word of God, they sent Shimeon Kaypha and Yohannan to them. 15And they went down and prayed over them so that they would receive The Spirit of Holiness. 16For he was upon none of them yet, but they had only been baptized in the name of Our Lord Yeshua. 17And they were laying hands upon them, and they were receiving The Spirit of Holiness. 18And when Simon saw that by laying on of the hands of the Apostles The Spirit of Holiness was given, he brought silver to them, 19As he said, "Give me also this authority that he on whomever I place a hand will receive The Spirit of Holiness." 20Shimeon Kaypha said to him, "Your silver will go with you to destruction, because you thought that the gift of God is acquired by the possessions of the world." 21"You have no part or allotment in this faith, because your heart is not upright before God. 22But turn from this your evil and request from God that perhaps the treachery of your heart may be forgiven you. 23For I see that you are in the wrath of bitterness and in a knot of evil." 24Simon answered, and he said, "Ask God for my sake, that none of these things which you have said may come upon me."
25But Shimeon and Yohannan, when they had testified and taught the word of God, returned to Jerusalem. And they preached The Gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
26And The Angel of THE LORD JEHOVAH spoke with Philippus and he said to him, "Arise, go to the south by the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." 27And he arose to go and met a certain Eunuch who had come from Kush, an official of Qandiqe, Queen of the Kushites, and he was authorized over all her treasury and had come to worship in Jerusalem. 28As he turned to go, he sat down on the chariot and was reading in Isaiah The Prophet. 29And The Spirit said to Philippus, "Approach and join the chariot." 30And as he approached, he heard what he read in Isaiah The Prophet and he said to him, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 31And he said, "How can I understand unless a man will instruct me?" And he asked Philippus to come up and sit with him.
32But the section of Scripture he read had this in it: "He was led as a lamb for sacrifice and as a ewe before its shearer is silent, also in this way he opened not his mouth."
33"He was led in his humility from imprisonment and from judgment and who will narrate his time? For his life is taken from The Earth."
34And that Eunuch said to Philippus, "I beg of you, about whom did The Prophet say this, about himself or about another man?" 35Then Philippus opened his mouth and began from this Scripture to preach about Our Lord Yeshua to him. 36And as they were going on the road, they were arriving at one place that had water in it, and that Eunuch said, "Behold, water! What is the hindrance to me being baptized?" 37And Philippus said, "If you believe with all the heart, it is authorized." And he answered and said, "I do believe that Yeshua The Messiah is The Son of God."* 38And he commanded to stop the chariot and the two of them went down to the water and Philippus baptized that Eunuch. 39And when they had come up from the water, The Spirit of THE LORD JEHOVAH took Philippus up and the Eunuch did not see him again, but he went on the road rejoicing. 40But Philippus was found in Azotus and from there he was traveling and preaching in all the cities until he came to Qesarea.