Acts 8:22
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New International Version
Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.

New Living Translation
Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts,

English Standard Version
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

Berean Study Bible
Repent, therefore, of your wickedness, and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for the intent of your heart.

Berean Literal Bible
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray earnestly to the Lord, if indeed the intent of your heart will be forgiven you.

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.

King James Bible
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.

International Standard Version
So repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, your heart's intent may be forgiven you.

NET Bible
Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your heart.

New Heart English Bible
Repent therefore of this, your wickedness, and ask the Lord if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But turn from this your evil and request from God that perhaps the treachery of your heart may be forgiven you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So change your wicked thoughts, and ask the Lord if he will forgive you for thinking like this.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness and pray God, if perhaps this thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

American King James Version
Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

American Standard Version
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and supplicate the Lord, if indeed the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee;

English Revised Version
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.

Weymouth New Testament
Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord, in the hope that the purpose which is in your heart may perhaps be forgiven you.

World English Bible
Repent therefore of this, your wickedness, and ask God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

Young's Literal Translation
reform, therefore, from this thy wickedness, and beseech God, if then the purpose of thy heart may be forgiven thee,
Study Bible
Simon the Sorcerer
21You have no part or share in our ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22Repent, therefore, of your wickedness, and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for the intent of your heart. 23For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and captive to iniquity.”…
Cross References
Proverbs 24:9
The devising of folly is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

Daniel 4:27
Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.'

2 Timothy 2:25
He must gently reprove those who oppose him, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.
Treasury of Scripture

Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

Repent.

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

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

2 Timothy 2:25,26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

pray.

Acts 9:11 And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the street which is …

Deuteronomy 4:29,30 But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find …

1 Kings 8:47,48 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land where they were …

2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Amos 5:6 Seek the LORD, and you shall live; lest he break out like fire in …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Luke 11:9-13 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

if.

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Joel 2:13,14 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD …

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, What mean you, O …

Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his …

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

the thought.

Acts 8:20 But Peter said to him, Your money perish with you, because you have …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

(22) Repent therefore of this thy wickedness.--The stern words of condemnation are, we see, meant to heal, not to slay. Rightly understood, the call to repent in such a case as this, opens the door of hope as wide as the history of the penitent thief. Repentance, and with repentance, forgiveness, were possible, even for the charlatan adventurer who had traded on the credulous superstition of the people, and claimed something like adoration for himself and his mistress.

Pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart . . . .--The better MSS. give "Lord" instead of "God," either in the Old Testament sense of the word or with special reference to the Lord Jesus. The "if perhaps," in the Greek, as in the English, implies a latent doubt. Did the thought come across the mind of the Apostle that the sin of Simon came very near that "sin against the Holy Ghost which hath never forgiveness" (Matthew 12:31)? The use of such words by the chief of the Apostles, after the apparent concession of a plenary power in John 20:23, are terribly suggestive. He neither forgives nor condemns, but bids the offender turn to the Searcher of hearts and pray for forgiveness. Had he seen repentance, he might have said, "Thy sins are forgiven thee." Had he seen a conscience utterly dead, he might have closed the door of hope. As it is, he stands midway between hope and fear, and, keeping silence, leaves judgment to the Judge.

Verse 22. - The Lord for God, A.V. and T.R.; thy for thine, A.V.; shall for may, A.V. Repent. The terrible words, "Thy money perish with thee," had not expressed Peter's wish for his destruction. But they were the wounds of a friend speaking sharp things to pierce, if possible, a callous conscience. In the hope that that conscience had been pierced, he now urges repentance. And yet still, dealing skilfully with so bad a case, he speaks of the forgiveness doubtfully, "if perhaps." The sin was a very grievous one; the wound must not be healed too hastily. "There is a sin unto death." Repent therefore of this thy wickedness,.... For a great piece of wickedness it was, to offer money for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to imagine, that could be purchased with money; and what made the wickedness still greater was, the evil design he had in this, to advance himself in opposition to Christ and his apostles, as he afterwards did; and when the apostle puts him upon repentance, his view is to show the heinousness of his crime, the need he stood in of repentance, and that without it, his case must be miserable:

and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee; though he was in a state of nature, the apostle exhorts him to the duty of prayer; for prayer is a natural duty, and binding upon all men, though none but a spiritual man can perform it in a spiritual way: and though this sin of Simon's was a very heinous one, and came very near unto, and looked very much like the sin against the Holy Ghost, yet it was not the unpardonable one; it might be pardoned by the grace of God, and through the blood of Christ; and therefore Peter, who wished his salvation and not his damnation, put him upon prayer for it; which was possible, though difficult, but not certain: the apostle says not this, as doubting; if it was a case wholly to be despaired of, then he would not have directed him to the means; and yet the wickedness was so horribly great, and he in such a wretched hardened state, that there was no great hope or expectation of his repentance, and so of the application of pardon to him: however, this advice was not given ironically: Peter was too grave and serious to speak sarcastically, or break a jest upon a man in such circumstances; whom no doubt he heartily pitied, though he abhorred his sin: the Syriac version renders it, "the deceit of thine heart": and the Ethiopic version, "the evil thought of thine heart"; and such it was. 22. Repent … pray … if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven—this expression of doubt being designed to impress upon him the greatness of his sin, and the need of alarm on his part.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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