Acts 8:20
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Peter said to him, "You and your money will both end up in hell if you think you can buy God's gift!

Good News Translation
But Peter answered him, "May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can buy God's gift 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 Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will not accept it." And although Naaman urged him to accept it, he refused.

Isaiah 55:1
"Come, all of you who thirst, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost!

Daniel 5:17
In response, Daniel said to the king, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the inscription for the king and interpret it for 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 headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

Deuteronomy 7:26
Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

Joshua 7:24,25
And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor…

thou.

Acts 8:22
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Deuteronomy 15:9
Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.

2 Kings 5:15,16
And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant…

the gift.

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.

Acts 10:45
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 11:17
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

Peter
Πέτρος (Petros)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4074: Peter, a Greek name meaning rock. Apparently a primary word; a rock; as a name, Petrus, an apostle.

replied,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“{May} your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

silver
ἀργύριόν (argyrion)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 694: Neuter of a presumed derivative of arguros; silvery, i.e. cash; specially, a silverling.

perish
εἴη (eiē)
Verb - Present Optative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

with
σὺν (syn)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4862: With. A primary preposition denoting union; with or together.

you,
σοὶ (soi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

you thought
ἐνόμισας (enomisas)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3543: From nomos; properly, to do by law, i.e. To accustom; by extension, to deem or regard.

you could buy
κτᾶσθαι (ktasthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's Greek 2932: (a) I acquire, win, get, purchase, buy, (b) I possess, win mastery over. A primary verb; to get, i.e. Acquire.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

gift
δωρεὰν (dōrean)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1431: A (free) gift, a gift (without repayment). From doron; a gratuity.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

with
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

money!
χρημάτων (chrēmatōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 5536: Money, riches, possessions. Something useful or needed, i.e. Wealth, price.
(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). 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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