Acts 8:20
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New International Version
Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!

New Living Translation
But Peter replied, "May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God's gift can be bought!

English Standard Version
But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!

Berean Study Bible
But Peter replied, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!

Berean Literal Bible
But Peter said to him, "Your silver, may it perish with you, because you thought the gift of God to be obtained by money!

New American Standard Bible
But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!

King James Bible
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Peter told him, "May your silver be destroyed with you, because you thought the gift of God could be obtained with money!

International Standard Version
But Peter told him, "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God's free gift with money!

NET Bible
But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could acquire God's gift with money!

New Heart English Bible
But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Shimeon Kaypha said to him, “Your silver will go with you to destruction, because you thought that the gift of God is acquired by the possessions of the world.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter told Simon, "May your money be destroyed with you because you thought you could buy God's gift.

New American Standard 1977
But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

King James 2000 Bible
But Peter said unto him, Your money perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

American King James Version
But Peter said to him, Your money perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

American Standard Version
But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep thy money to thyself, to perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Darby Bible Translation
And Peter said to him, Thy money go with thee to destruction, because thou hast thought that the gift of God can be obtained by money.

English Revised Version
But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Peter said to him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Weymouth New Testament
"Perish your money and yourself," replied Peter, "because you have imagined that you can obtain God's free gift with money!

World English Bible
But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!

Young's Literal Translation
And Peter said unto him, 'Thy silver with thee -- may it be to destruction! because the gift of God thou didst think to possess through money;
Study Bible
Simon the Sorcerer
19“Give me this power as well,” he said, “so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20But Peter replied, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21You have no part or share in our ministry, because your heart is not right before God.…
Cross References
2 Kings 5:16
But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused.

Isaiah 55:1
"Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.

Daniel 5:17
Then Daniel answered and said before the king, "Keep your gifts for yourself or give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription to the king and make the interpretation known to him.

Matthew 10:8
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

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 8:19
"Give me this power as well," he said, "so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
Treasury of Scripture

But Peter said to him, Your money perish with you, because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Thy.

Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling …

Deuteronomy 7:26 Neither shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you …

Joshua 7:24,25 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, …

2 Kings 5:26,27 And he said to him, Went not my heart with you, when the man turned …

Daniel 5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let your gifts be …

Habakkuk 2:9,10 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he …

Zechariah 5:4 I will bring it forth, said the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter …

Matthew 27:3-5 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, …

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

James 5:3 Your gold and silver is corroded; and the rust of them shall be a …

2 Peter 2:14-17 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling …

Revelation 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall …

thou.

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps …

Deuteronomy 15:9 Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, …

2 Kings 5:15,16 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, …

Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

the gift.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you …

Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many …

Acts 11:17 For as much then as God gave them the like gift as he did to us, …

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

(20) Thy money perish with thee.--Literally, Thy money be together with thee, for perdition. The same word is used as in the "son of perdition" in John 17:12 and in Hebrews 10:39. The prominence of the word in 2Peter 2:1-3; 2Peter 3:7; 2Peter 3:16, is interesting in connection with the question as to the authorship of that Epistle. Another coincidence presents itself in the "gold that perisheth" of 1Peter 1:7.

Because thou hast thought . . . .--Better, because thou thoughtest. The speaker looks at the thought historically, as at the moment when it rose up in the sorcerer's mind. The Greek verb has a transitive not a passive sense, thou thoughtest to acquire the gift of God by money. Not so, Peter must have remembered, had he acquired that gift. The very word which he uses is that which our Lord had spoken to him and his brother Apostles, "Freely" (i.e., as a gift) "ye have received" (Matthew 10:8).

Verse 20. - Silver for money, A.V.; to obtain the gift of God for that the gift of God may be purchased, A.V. (rightly, κτᾶσθαι is the middle voice). Silver. This is a change of very doubtful necessity; ἀργύριον, like the French argent, is frequently used for "money" generally, without any reference to the particular metal of which it is made. Sometimes, indeed, it is used in opposition to "gold," as Acts 3:6 and Acts 20:33, and then it is properly rendered "silver." Here the Revisers' mason, doubtless, was to reserve "money" as the rendering of χρήματα (vers. 19, 20). St. Peter's answer is remarkable, not only for the warmth with which he repudiates the proffered bribe, but also for the jealous humility with which he affirms that the gifts of the Spirit were not his to give, but were the gift of God (see Acts 3:12-16). But Peter said to him,.... With great abhorrence and indignation, resenting and detesting his proposal:

thy money perish with thee; or "go into destruction with thee"; signifying, that he would not touch his money, or have anything to do with that or him either, in any such way: the words do not so much design an imprecation on his person, as an abhorrence of his sin; and rather show what his sin deserved than what he desired might be; for the apostle did not simply wish his damnation, since he afterwards exhorts him to repentance, and to pray for forgiveness; but threatens, and even predicts what would be his case, should he live and die in such a state, in which he appeared to be:

because thou hast thought that the gift of God; the Holy Ghost, and his extraordinary gifts, which are freely given, when and to whom the Lord himself pleases:

may be purchased with money; he appears to have a wrong notion of the Spirit of God and his gifts, and of the grace of in bestowing them; as well as a wicked design of purchasing them with money, in order to sell them again; so that it was a sullying and lessening of the grace of God, as well as seeking himself, his own ambition, and filthy lucre: and let such observe how near they come to his sin, who seek to obtain the grace of justification, and the free gift of eternal life, by their own works. 20. Thy money perish with thee—that is, "Accursed be thou and thy money with thee." It is the language of mingled horror and indignation, not unlike our Lord's rebuke of Peter himself (Mt 16:23).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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