Acts 8:15
New International Version
When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,

New Living Translation
As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version
who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,

Berean Study Bible
On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
who having come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

King James Bible
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Christian Standard Bible
After they went down there, they prayed for them so the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit because he had not yet come down on any of them.

Contemporary English Version
When the two apostles arrived, they prayed that these people would be given the Holy Spirit.

Good News Translation
When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After they went down there, they prayed for them, so the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit.

International Standard Version
They went down and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit.

NET Bible
These two went down and prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit.

New Heart English Bible
who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they went down and prayed over them so that they would receive The Spirit of Holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter and John went to Samaria and prayed that the Samaritans would receive the Holy Spirit.

New American Standard 1977
who came down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who, when they were come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

American King James Version
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

American Standard Version
who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who, when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.

Darby Bible Translation
who, having come down, prayed for them that they might receive [the] Holy Spirit;

English Revised Version
who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Webster's Bible Translation
Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

Weymouth New Testament
They, when they came down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit:

World English Bible
who, when they had come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit;

Young's Literal Translation
who having come down did pray concerning them, that they may receive the Holy Spirit, --
Study Bible
Simon the Sorcerer
14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. 16For the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.…
Cross References
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 19:2
and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" "No," they answered, "we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."

Treasury of Scripture

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

prayed.

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 18:19
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

John 14:13,14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son…







Lexicon
On their arrival,
καταβάντες (katabantes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2597: To go down, come down, either from the sky or from higher land, descend. From kata and the base of basis; to descend.

they prayed
προσηύξαντο (prosēuxanto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

for
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

them
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

to
ὅπως (hopōs)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3704: From hos and pos; what(-ever) how, i.e. In the manner that (as adverb or conjunction of coincidence, intentional or actual).

receive
λάβωσιν (labōsin)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2983: (a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of.

[the] Holy
Ἅγιον (Hagion)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 40: Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred. From hagos; sacred.

Spirit.
Πνεῦμα (Pneuma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.
(15) Prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.--The prayer clearly pointed to such a gift of the power of the Spirit as had been bestowed on the Day of Pentecost. It assumed that such gifts had been received by the disciples generally at Jerusalem, and that they were distinct from the new birth of water and the Spirit (John 3:5) which was given through baptism. The Apostles looked on the Samaritans as qualified for that higher gift as well as for admission into the kingdom, and it was given to them, and not to Philip in his subordinate position as an evangelist, to be the channels of communicating it.

Verse 15. - That they might receive the Holy Ghost. Why was it needful that two apostles should come down to Samaria and pray, with laying on of hands, for the newly baptized that they might receive the Holy Ghost? There is no mention of such prayer or such imposition of hands in the case of the first three thousand who were baptized. They were told by St. Peter, "Be baptized every one of you, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38), and they were baptized, and doubtless did receive the Holy Ghost, Neither is there any mention of such things in the case of the subsequent thousands who were baptized at Jerusalem on the apostles' preaching. Why, then, was it so in Samaria? To answer this question, we must observe the difference in the circumstances. The baptisms at Jerusalem were performed by the apostles themselves. The Holy Ghost was given upon their promise and assurance. But in Samaria the preaching and the baptizing were done by the scattered disciples. There was a danger of many independent bodies springing up, owing no allegiance to the apostles, and cemented by no bonds to the mother Church. But Christ's Church was to be one - many members, but one body. The apostolate was to be the governing power of the whole Church, by the will and ordinance of Christ. Hence there was a manifest reason why, when the gospel spread beyond Judaea, these visible spiritual gifts should be given only through the laying on of the apostles' hands, and by the intervention of their prayers. This had a manifest and striking influence in marking and preserving the unity of the Church, and in marking and maintaining the sovereignty of the apostolic rule. For precisely the same reason has the Catholic and Apostolic Church in all ages (Acts 19:5, 6; Hebrews 6:2) maintained the rite of confirmation, "after the example of the holy apostles." Besides the other great benefits connected with it, its influence in binding up in the unity of the Church the numerous parishes of the diocese, instead of letting them become independent congregations, is very great. Observe, too, how prayer and the laying on of hands are tied together. Neither is valid without the other. In this case, as at Pentecost, the extraordinary gift of the Holy Ghost was conferred. In confirmation, now that miracles have ceased, it is the ordinary and invisible grace of the Holy Spirit that is to be looked for. 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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