Acts 8:11
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New International Version
They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.

New Living Translation
They listened closely to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his magic.

English Standard Version
And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.

Berean Study Bible
They paid close attention to him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.

Berean Literal Bible
Now they were giving heed to him because for a long time he had amazed them with the magic arts.

New American Standard Bible
And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts.

King James Bible
And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They were attentive to him because he had astounded them with his sorceries for a long time.

International Standard Version
They paid careful attention to him because he had thrilled them for a long time with his occult performances.

NET Bible
And they paid close attention to him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.

New Heart English Bible
They listened to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were all persuaded by him, because many times he had astonished them by his sorceries.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They paid attention to Simon because he had amazed them for a long time with his practice of magic.

New American Standard 1977
And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And to him they had regard because for a long time he had amazed them with magic arts.

King James 2000 Bible
And to him they had regard, because for a long time he had amazed them with sorceries.

American King James Version
And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

American Standard Version
And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices.

Darby Bible Translation
And they gave heed to him, because that for a long time he had astonished them by his magic arts.

English Revised Version
And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to him they had regard, because that for a long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

Weymouth New Testament
His influence over them arose from their having been, for a long time, bewildered by his sorceries.

World English Bible
They listened to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were giving heed to him, because of his having for a long time amazed them with deeds of magic.
Study Bible
Simon the Sorcerer
10and all the people, from the least to the greatest, heeded his words and said, “This man is the divine power called the Great Power.” 11They paid close attention to him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12But when they believed Philip as he preached the gospel of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.…
Cross References
Acts 8:9
Prior to that time, a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed the people of Samaria. He claimed to be someone great,

Acts 13:6
They traveled through the whole island as far as Paphos, where they found a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus,
Treasury of Scripture

And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

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(11) And to him they had regard.--The Greek word is the same as in the "gave heed" of the previous verse. The "long time" during which the evil fascination had been exercised, reckoning backwards from the date which we have now reached (A.D. 34), might carry us to a period prior to our Lord's visit to Sychar, in A.D. 30. It is scarcely probable, however, that it was in active operation at that time. And it is likely enough that, finding the people still influenced by the impressions which that visit had left, he wrought on their excited feelings for his own purpose.

Verse 11. - They gave heed to him for to him they had regard, A.V.; amazed for bewitched, A.V.; his sorceries for sorceries, A.V. To him they had regard,.... Which is repeated from the foregoing verse, for the sake of what follows:

because that of a long time he had bewitched them with sorceries; or because he had, it may be for many years, astonished them with his magic arts, and the pranks he played in the use of them. 8:5-13 As far as the gospel prevails, evil spirits are dislodged, particularly unclean spirits. All inclinations to the lusts of the flesh which war against the soul are such. Distempers are here named, the most difficult to be cured by the course of nature, and most expressive of the disease of sin. Pride, ambition, and desire after grandeur have always caused abundance of mischief, both to the world and to the church. The people said of Simon, This man is the great power of God. See how ignorant and thoughtless people mistake. But how strong is the power of Divine grace, by which they were brought to Christ, who is Truth itself! The people not only gave heed to what Philip said, but were fully convinced that it was of God, and not of men, and gave up themselves to be directed thereby. Even bad men, and those whose hearts still go after covetousness, may come before God as his people come, and for a time continue with them. And many wonder at the proofs of Divine truths, who never experience their power. The gospel preached may have a common operation upon a soul, where it never produced inward holiness. All are not savingly converted who profess to believe the gospel.
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