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

New Living Translation
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power.

English Standard Version
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,

New American Standard Bible
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,

King James Bible
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,

International Standard Version
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money

NET Bible
Now Simon, when he saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, offered them money,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Simon saw that by laying on of the hands of the Apostles The Spirit of Holiness was given, he brought silver to them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Simon saw that the Spirit was given to the Samaritans when the apostles placed their hands on them. So he offered Peter and John money

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

King James 2000 Bible
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

American King James Version
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

American Standard Version
Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Simon saw, that by the imposition of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Darby Bible Translation
But Simon, having seen that by the laying on of the hands of the apostles the [Holy] Spirit was given, offered them money,

English Revised Version
Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

Weymouth New Testament
When, however, Simon saw that it was through the laying on of the Apostles' hands that the Spirit was bestowed, he offered them money.

World English Bible
Now when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,

Young's Literal Translation
And Simon, having beheld that through the laying on of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Spirit is given, brought before them money,
Parallel Commentaries
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Now for and, A.V.; the laying for laying, A.V. Ver, 19. - My hands for hands, A.V. Would to God that spiritual powers in the Church had never been prostituted to base purposes of worldly gain, and that all the servants of Christ had shown themselves as superior to "filthy lucre" as Peter and Elisha were! But the particular offence called simony has but a very faint analogy to the act of Simon.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when Simon saw,.... Whence it appears, that the Holy Ghost, or his gifts, which were received by imposition of hands, were something visible and discernible; and so something external, and not internal; otherwise they would have been out of Simon's reach, and would not have fallen under his notice; but he saw,

that through laying on of the apostles' hands, the Holy Ghost was given: he saw, that upon this men began to prophesy, and to speak with divers tongues they had never learned, and to work miracles, cure men of their diseases, and the like: and when he observed this,

he offered them money; to purchase such a power of conferring the like gifts, on whomsoever he should lay his hands: hence buying and selling spiritual things, or what relate thereunto, are commonly called "simony": a vice which has greatly prevailed in the church of Rome, and among its popes; and who therefore may be more properly called the successors of Simon Magus, than of Simon Peter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18-24. offered them money—Hence the term simony, to denote trafficking in sacred things, but chiefly the purchase of ecclesiastical offices.

Acts 8:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Simon the Sorcerer
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, 19saying, "Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."…
Cross References
Acts 8:17
Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:19
and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
Treasury of Scripture

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

he offered.

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2 Kings 8:9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of …

Ezekiel 13:19 And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and …

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: …

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

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