Acts 8:9
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New International Version
Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,

New Living Translation
A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, amazing the people of Samaria and claiming to be someone great.

English Standard Version
But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great.

Berean Study Bible
Prior to that time, a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed the people of Samaria. He claimed to be someone great,

Berean Literal Bible
Now a certain man named Simon had formerly been practicing sorcery in the city and amazing the people of Samaria, declaring himself to be someone great,

New American Standard Bible
Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great;

King James Bible
But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man named Simon had previously practiced sorcery in that city and astounded the Samaritan people, while claiming to be somebody great.

International Standard Version
Now in that city there was a man named Simon. He was practicing occult arts and thrilling the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great.

NET Bible
Now in that city was a man named Simon, who had been practicing magic and amazing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But there was a man there whose name was Simon who had dwelt there in that city for a long time. By his sorcery he deceived the people of the Samaritans as he was magnifying himself and saying, “I am the great God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A man named Simon lived in that city. He amazed the people of Samaria with his practice of magic. He claimed that he was great.

New American Standard 1977
Now there was a certain man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city, and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But there was a certain man called Simon, who before this in the same city used magic arts and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that he himself was some great one,

King James 2000 Bible
But there was a certain man, called Simon, who previously in the same city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one:

American King James Version
But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

American Standard Version
But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Douay-Rheims Bible
There was therefore great joy in that city. Now there was a certain man named Simon, who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one:

Darby Bible Translation
But a certain man, by name Simon, had been before in the city, using magic arts, and astonishing the nation of Samaria, saying that himself was some great one.

English Revised Version
But there was a certain man, Simon by name, which beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Webster's Bible Translation
But there was a certain man called Simon, who before in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Weymouth New Testament
Now for some time past there had been a man named Simon living there, who had been practising magic and astonishing the Samaritans, pretending that he was more than human.

World English Bible
But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who used to practice sorcery in the city, and amazed the people of Samaria, making himself out to be some great one,

Young's Literal Translation
And a certain man, by name Simon, was before in the city using magic, and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying himself to be a certain great one,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:5-13 As far as the gospel prevails, evil spirits are dislodged, particularly unclean spirits. All inclinations to the lusts of the flesh which war against the soul are such. Distempers are here named, the most difficult to be cured by the course of nature, and most expressive of the disease of sin. Pride, ambition, and desire after grandeur have always caused abundance of mischief, both to the world and to the church. The people said of Simon, This man is the great power of God. See how ignorant and thoughtless people mistake. But how strong is the power of Divine grace, by which they were brought to Christ, who is Truth itself! The people not only gave heed to what Philip said, but were fully convinced that it was of God, and not of men, and gave up themselves to be directed thereby. Even bad men, and those whose hearts still go after covetousness, may come before God as his people come, and for a time continue with them. And many wonder at the proofs of Divine truths, who never experience their power. The gospel preached may have a common operation upon a soul, where it never produced inward holiness. All are not savingly converted who profess to believe the gospel.
Study Bible
Simon the Sorcerer
8So there was great joy in that city. 9Prior to that time, a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed the people of Samaria. He claimed to be someone great, 10and all the people, from the least to the greatest, heeded his words and said, “This man is the divine power called the Great Power.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 18:10
"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,

Acts 5:36
Some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men joined him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.

Acts 8:11
They paid close attention to him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.

Acts 13:6
They traveled through the whole island as far as Paphos, where they found a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus,

Acts 13:8
But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.
Treasury of Scripture

But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

used.

Acts 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle to Paphos, they found a certain …

Acts 16:16-18 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed …

Acts 19:18-20 And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds…

Exodus 7:11,22 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the …

Exodus 8:18,19 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, …

Exodus 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; …

Leviticus 20:6 And the soul that turns after such as have familiar spirits, and …

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or …

2 Timothy 3:8,9 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

Revelation 13:13,14 And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

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Acts 5:36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; …

John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks …

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that …

2 Timothy 3:2,5 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

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