New American Standard Bible
Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
King James Bible
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Darby Bible Translation
Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
World English Bible
Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Young's Literal Translation
then were they laying hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then laid they their hands ... - This was an act of "prayer," expressing an invocation to God that he would impart the blessing to "them." On "how many" they laid their hands is not said. It is evident that it was not on "all," for they did not thus lay hands on Simon. Perhaps it was done on a few of the more prominent and leading persons, who were to be employed particularly in bearing witness to the truth of the gospel. It was customary to lay the hands on any person when a "favor" was to be conferred or a blessing imparted. See notes on Matthew 9:18.
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and implored Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live."
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.
Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.
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