Acts 8:24
New International Version
Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."

New Living Translation
"Pray to the Lord for me," Simon exclaimed, "that these terrible things you've said won't happen to me!"

English Standard Version
And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

Berean Study Bible
Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me, so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”

Berean Literal Bible
And Simon answering said, "You pray earnestly to the Lord on behalf of me, so that nothing of which you have spoken may come upon me."

New American Standard Bible
But Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."

King James Bible
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

Christian Standard Bible
"Pray to the Lord for me," Simon replied, "so that nothing you have said may happen to me."

Contemporary English Version
Simon said, "Please pray to the Lord, so that what you said won't happen to me."

Good News Translation
Simon said to Peter and John, "Please pray to the Lord for me, so that none of these things you spoke of will happen to me."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Please pray to the Lord for me," Simon replied, "so that nothing you have said may happen to me."

International Standard Version
Simon answered, "Both of you pray to the Lord for me that none of the things you have said will happen to me."

NET Bible
But Simon replied, "You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said may happen to me."

New Heart English Bible
Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that none of the things which you have spoken happen to me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Simon answered, and he said, “Ask God for my sake, that none of these things which you have said may come upon me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me that none of the things you said will happen to me."

New American Standard 1977
But Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Simon answered and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

King James 2000 Bible
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray you to the Lord for me, that none of these things which you have spoken come upon me.

American King James Version
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray you to the LORD for me, that none of these things which you have spoken come on me.

American Standard Version
And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the things which ye have spoken come upon me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Simon answering, said: Pray you for me to the Lord, that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me.

Darby Bible Translation
And Simon answering said, Supplicate ye for me to the Lord, so that nothing may come upon me of the things of which ye have spoken.

English Revised Version
And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the things which ye have spoken come upon me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

Weymouth New Testament
"Pray, both of you, to the Lord for me," answered Simon, "that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."

World English Bible
Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that none of the things which you have spoken happen to me."

Young's Literal Translation
And Simon answering, said, 'Beseech ye for me unto the Lord, that nothing may come upon me of the things ye have spoken.'
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Simon the Sorcerer
23For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and captive to iniquity.” 24Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me, so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” 25After Peter and John had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many of the Samaritan villages.…
Cross References
Genesis 20:7
Now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet; he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, be aware that you will surely die--you and all who belong to you."

Exodus 8:8
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people. Then I will let your people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD."

Numbers 21:7
Then the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Intercede with the LORD to take the snakes away from us." So Moses interceded for the people.

1 Kings 13:6
Then the king responded to the man of God, "Intercede with the LORD your God and pray that my hand may be restored." So the man of God interceded with the LORD, and the king's hand was restored to him as it was before.

Jeremiah 37:3
Yet King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, to Jeremiah the prophet with the message, "Please pray for us to the LORD our God!"

Jeremiah 42:2
Jeremiah the prophet and said, "May our petition come before you; pray to the LORD your God on behalf of this entire remnant. For few of us remain of the many, as you can see with your own eyes.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail.

Treasury of Scripture

Then answered Simon, and said, Pray you to the LORD for me, that none of these things which you have spoken come on me.

Pray.

Genesis 20:7,17 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and …

Exodus 8:8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat the LORD, …

Exodus 10:17 Now therefore forgive, I pray you, my sin only this once, and entreat …

Exodus 12:32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; …

Numbers 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for …

1 Samuel 12:19,23 And all the people said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the …

1 Kings 13:6 And the king answered and said to the man of God, Entreat now the …

Ezra 6:10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet smells to the God of heaven, …

Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and sought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to …

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …







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

Simon
Σίμων (Simōn)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4613: Simon. Of Hebrew origin; Simon, the name of nine Israelites.

answered,
Ἀποκριθεὶς (Apokritheis)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

“Pray
Δεήθητε (Deēthēte)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1189: To want for myself; I want, need; I beg, request, beseech, pray. Middle voice of deo; to beg, i.e. Petition.

to
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine 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.

Lord
Κύριον (Kyrion)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

for
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

me,
ἐμοῦ (emou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

so that
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).

nothing
μηδὲν (mēden)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3367: No one, none, nothing.

you have said
εἰρήκατε (eirēkate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2046: Probably a fuller form of rheo; an alternate for epo in certain tenses; to utter, i.e. Speak or say.

may happen
ἐπέλθῃ (epelthē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1904: From epi and erchomai; to supervene, i.e. Arrive, occur, impend, attack, influence.

to
ἐπ’ (ep’)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

me.”
ἐμὲ (eme)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
(24) Pray ye to the Lord for me.--There is something eminently characteristic in the sorcerer's words. (1) His conscience reads "between the lines" of St. Peter's address what was not actually found there. That "if perhaps" is to him as the knell of doom. (2) He prays not for deliverance from "the bond of iniquity," but only from the vague terror of a future penalty. (3) He turns, not, as Peter had bidden him, to the Lord who was ready to forgive, but to a human mediator. Peter must pray for him who has not faith to pray for himself.

At this point Simon disappears from the history of the Acts, and this seems accordingly the right place for stating briefly the later traditions as to his history. In those traditions he occupies a far more prominent position than in St. Luke's narrative, and becomes, as it has been said, the "hero of the romance of heresy," as given in the Homilies and Recognitions of the Pseudo-Clement. Born at Gittom, in Samaria (Justin, Apol. i. 26), he received his education at Alexandria, and picked up the language of a mystic Gnosticism from Dositheus (Hom. ii. c. 22; Constt. Apost. vi. 8). He had for a short time been a disciple of the Baptist (Hom. c. 23). He murdered a boy that the soul of his victim might become his familiar spirit, and give him insight into the future (Hom. ii. c. 26; Recogn. ii. 9). He carried about with him a woman of great beauty, of the name of Luna or Helena, whom he represented as a kind of incarnation of the Wisdom or Thought of God (Justin, Apol. i. 6; Hom. ii. c. 25; Euseb. Hist. ii. 13). He identified himself with the promised Paraclete and the Christ, and took the name of "He who stands," as indicating divine power (Recogn. ii. 7). He boasted that he could turn himself and others into the form of brute beasts; that he could cause statues to speak (Hom. iv. c. 4; Recogn. ii. 9, iii. 6). His life was one of ostentatious luxury. He was accompanied by the two sons of the Syro-Ph?nician woman of Mark 7:26 (Hom. i. 19). After the episode related in the Acts, he went down to Caesarea, and Peter was then sent thither by James, the Bishop of Jerusalem, to confront and hold a disputation with him on various points of doctrine. From Caesarea he made his way to Tyre and Tripolis, and thence to Rome, and was there worshipped by his followers, so that an altar was seen there by Justin with an inscription, "SIMONI DEO SANCTO" (Apol. i. 56). Peter followed him, and in the reign of Claudius the two met, once more face to face, in the imperial city. According to one legend, he offered to prove his divinity by flying in the air. trusting that the demons whom he employed would support him; but, through the power of the prayers of Peter, he fell down, and had his bones broken, and then committed suicide (Constt. Apost. ii. 14; 6:9). Another represents him as buried alive at his own request, in order that he might show his power by rising on the third day from the dead, and so meeting his death (Irenaeus, Adv. Haer. vi. 20).

In the midst of all this chaos of fantastic fables, we have, perhaps, one grain of fact in Justin's assertion that he had seen the altar above referred to. An altar was discovered at Rome in 1574, on the island in the Tiber, with the inscription "SEMONI SANCO DEO FIDIO." Archaeologists, however, agree in thinking that this was dedicated to the Sabine Hercules, who was known as SEMO SANCUS, and it has been thought by many writers that Justin may have seen this or some like altar, and, in his ignorance of Italian mythology, have imagined that it was consecrated to the Sorcerer of Samaria. His statement is repeated by Tertullian (Apol. c. 13) and Irenaeus (i. 20). Of the three names in the inscription, Semo (probably connected with Semen as the God of Harvest, or as Semihomo) appears by itself in the Hymn of the Fratres Arvales, and in connection with Sancus and Fidius (probably connected with Fides, and so employed in the formula of asseveration, medius fidius) in Ovid, Fast. vi. 213; Livy, viii. 20; 32:1.

Verse 24. - And Simon answered for then answered Simon, A.V.; .for me to the Lord for to the Lord for me, A.V.; the for these, A.V. Pray ye, etc.; addressed to both Peter and John, who were acting together, and whose prayers had been seen to be effectual (ver. 15) in procuring the gift of the Holy Ghost. In like manner, Pharaoh, under the influence of terror at God's judgments, had asked again and again for the prayers of Moses and Aaron (Exodus 8:8, 28; Exodus 9:27, 28; Exodus 10:16, 17, etc.). But in neither ease was this an evidence of true conversion of heart. 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.
Jump to Previous
Beseech Me Prayer Simon Supplicate Yourselves
Jump to Next
Beseech Me Prayer Simon Supplicate Yourselves
Links
Acts 8:24 NIV
Acts 8:24 NLT
Acts 8:24 ESV
Acts 8:24 NASB
Acts 8:24 KJV

Acts 8:24 Bible Apps
Acts 8:24 Biblia Paralela
Acts 8:24 Chinese Bible
Acts 8:24 French Bible
Acts 8:24 German Bible

Alphabetical: and answered But come for happen have Lord may me nothing of Pray said Simon so that the Then to upon what you yourselves

NT Apostles: Acts 8:24 Simon answered Pray for me to (Acts of the Apostles Ac) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Acts 8:23
Top of Page
Top of Page