Acts 8:14
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New International Version
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria.

New Living Translation
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God's message, they sent Peter and John there.

English Standard Version
Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,

Berean Study Bible
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.

Berean Literal Bible
Now the apostles in Jerusalem, having heard that Samaria had received the word of God, sent to them Peter and John,

New American Standard Bible
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,

King James Bible
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had welcomed God's message, they sent Peter and John to them.

International Standard Version
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaritans had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.

NET Bible
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.

New Heart English Bible
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And 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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the Samaritans had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.

New American Standard 1977
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John unto them,

King James 2000 Bible
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

American King James Version
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John:

American Standard Version
Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.

Darby Bible Translation
And the apostles who were in Jerusalem, having heard that Samaria had received the word of God, sent to them Peter and John;

English Revised Version
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Webster's Bible Translation
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John:

Weymouth New Testament
When the Apostles in Jerusalem heard that the Samaritans had accepted God's Message, they sent Peter and John to visit them.

World English Bible
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,

Young's Literal Translation
And the apostles in Jerusalem having heard that Samaria hath received the word of God, did send unto them Peter and John,
Study Bible
Simon the Sorcerer
13Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. He followed Philip closely and was amazed by the great signs and miracles he observed. 14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit.…
Cross References
1 Kings 13:32
"For the thing shall surely come to pass which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria."

Luke 22:8
Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare for us to eat the Passover."

Acts 8:1
And Saul was there, giving approval to Stephen's death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
Treasury of Scripture

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John:

when.

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was …

Acts 11:1,19-22 And the apostles and brothers that were in Judaea heard that the …

Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, …

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

received.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same …

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the …

John 12:48 He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

Peter.

Acts 3:1-3 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of …

Galatians 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived …

(14) When the apostles which were at Jerusalem. . . .--The tidings came to the Twelve as a proof that the limitation which had at first excluded Samaria from the range of their work as preachers of the kingdom had now passed away (Matthew 10:5), and that the time had now come when they were to be "witnesses" to Christ in Samaria as well as in Juda (Acts 1:8). Old antipathies of race and worship disappeared, and without hesitation they sent the two who were, in many respects, the chief of the Apostles to sanction the admission of the new converts. The Apostle who in his zeal had once sought to call down the fire of the wrath of God on the village of the Samaritans (Luke 9:54), was now to bring to them that baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire (Matthew 3:11) which spoke not of wrath but of love. That his companion should be Peter, was natural, both from the position which the latter occupied as the leader of the apostolic company and from the friendship by which the two had been throughout their life united.

The word of God is characteristically used by St. Luke, as in his Gospel, for the whole sum and substance of the gospel of Christ. (Comp. Luke 5:1; Luke 8:11; Luke 8:21.)

Verse 14. - The apostles (see ver. 1). They sent unto them Peter and John. The selection of these two chief apostles shows the great importance attached to the conversion of the Samaritans. The joint act of the college of apostles in sending them demonstrates that Peter was not a pope, but a brother apostle, albeit their primate; and that the government of the Church was in the apostolate, not in one of the number. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem,.... Not that there were some at Jerusalem, and some elsewhere; for they all tarried at Jerusalem, when the rest of the ministers of the word were scattered abroad; though it is possible, that by this time, some of them might have departed from hence; but it seems more probable, that they were as yet all here: these

heard that Samaria had received the word of God; that is, they heard that the Samaritans, who only received the five books of Moses, and that not the Hebrew, but their own copy of them, now received not only the whole Bible, but the Gospel of Christ, as preached by Philip; which they might hear by a letter, or messengers sent from Philip to them, to acquaint them with the success of the Gospel; or from some persons, who had been in those parts: upon which

they sent unto them Peter and John: who were not only fellow apostles, but very familiar and intimate companions; these they sent to confirm the doctrine of Philip, and establish the young converts in it, and to form them into a Gospel church state, and ordain ministers over them. 14-17. the apostles … sent Peter and John—showing that they regarded Peter as no more than their own equal.8:14-25 The Holy Ghost was as yet fallen upon none of these coverts, in the extraordinary powers conveyed by the descent of the Spirit upon the day of Pentecost. We may take encouragement from this example, in praying to God to give the renewing graces of the Holy Ghost to all for whose spiritual welfare we are concerned; for that includes all blessings. No man can give the Holy Spirit by the laying on of his hands; but we should use our best endeavours to instruct those for whom we pray. Simon Magus was ambitious to have the honour of an apostle, but cared not at all to have the spirit and disposition of a Christian. He was more desirous to gain honour to himself, than to do good to others. Peter shows him his crime. He esteemed the wealth of this world, as if it would answer for things relating to the other life, and would purchase the pardon of sin, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and eternal life. This was such a condemning error as could by no means consist with a state of grace. Our hearts are what they are in the sight of God, who cannot be deceived. And if they are not right in his sight, our religion is vain, and will stand us in no stead. A proud and covetous heart cannot be right with God. It is possible for a man to continue under the power of sin, yet to put on a form of godliness. When tempted with money to do evil, see what a perishing thing money is, and scorn it. Think not that Christianity is a trade to live by in this world. There is much wickedness in the thought of the heart, its false notions, and corrupt affections, and wicked projects, which must be repented of, or we are undone. But it shall be forgiven, upon our repentance. The doubt here is of the sincerity of Simon's repentance, not of his pardon, if his repentance was sincere. Grant us, Lord, another sort of faith than that which made Simon wonder only, and did not sanctify his heart. May we abhor all thoughts of making religion serve the purposes of pride or ambition. And keep us from that subtle poison of spiritual pride, which seeks glory to itself even from humility. May we seek only the honour which cometh from God.
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