Acts 8:17
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New International Version
Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

New Living Translation
Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version
Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.

King James Bible
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

International Standard Version
Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

NET Bible
Then Peter and John placed their hands on the Samaritans, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were laying hands upon them, and they were receiving The Spirit of Holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

American King James Version
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

American Standard Version
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Darby Bible Translation
Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received [the] Holy Spirit.

English Revised Version
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Weymouth New Testament
Then the Apostles placed their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

World English Bible
Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
then were they laying hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then laid they their hands on them,.... The Ethiopic version adds, "who had been baptized"; but not upon all of them, men and women, only on some they were directed unto by the Spirit of God; whom he had designed, and now would qualify for the work of the ministry, that so this new church, might be supplied with proper officers, pastors, and teachers, to feed them with knowledge and with understanding, and who might not only have ministerial gifts to qualify them for preaching the Gospel, but extraordinary ones, which would serve for the confirmation of it; and for this purpose the apostles, "both" of them, as the Arabic version reads, laid their hands on them: for it will not seem probable, that they laid their hands upon the women, on such an account; and it will hardly be received, that they should lay their hands on Simon Magus, otherwise he would have received the Holy Ghost too; so that it seems a plain case, that imposition of hands was not used to them all:

and they received the Holy Ghost; that is, they received the gifts of the Holy Ghost; so that they could prophesy and speak with tongues, and heal diseases, and do other wonderful works: and since now these effects have ceased, the rite and ceremony which was peculiar to the apostles as such, it should seem should cease likewise.



Acts 8:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Simon the Sorcerer
16For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. 18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,…
Cross References
Mark 5:23
He pleaded earnestly with him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live."

Acts 2:4
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 6:6
They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 8:18
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money

Acts 19:6
When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
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Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they …

Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting …

Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, …

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came on …

Numbers 8:10 And you shall bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children …

Numbers 27:18 And the LORD said to Moses, Take you Joshua the son of Nun, a man …

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's …

2 Timothy 1:6 Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which …

Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection …

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Romans 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, …

Galatians 3:2-5 This only would I learn of you, Received you the Spirit by the works …

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