Acts 8:15
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New International Version
When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,

New Living Translation
As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version
who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,

Berean Study Bible
On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
who having come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

King James Bible
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After they went down there, they prayed for them, so the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit.

International Standard Version
They went down and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit.

NET Bible
These two went down and prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit.

New Heart English Bible
who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they went down and prayed over them so that they would receive The Spirit of Holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter and John went to Samaria and prayed that the Samaritans would receive the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard 1977
who came down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who, when they were come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

American King James Version
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

American Standard Version
who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who, when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.

Darby Bible Translation
who, having come down, prayed for them that they might receive [the] Holy Spirit;

English Revised Version
who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Webster's Bible Translation
Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

Weymouth New Testament
They, when they came down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

World English Bible
who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit;

Young's Literal Translation
who having come down did pray concerning them, that they may receive the Holy Spirit, --
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Simon the Sorcerer
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. 16For the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.…
Cross References
Acts 2:38
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:2
and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" "No," they answered, "we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
Treasury of Scripture

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