New International Version
and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is rightly called the Great Power of God."
King James Bible
To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
Darby Bible Translation
To whom they had all given heed, from small to great, saying, This is the power of God which is called great.
World English Bible
to whom they all listened, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is that great power of God."
Young's Literal Translation
to whom they were all giving heed, from small unto great, saying, 'This one is the great power of God;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
This man is the great power of God - That is, he is invested with it, and can command and use it. They certainly did not believe him to be God; but they thought him to be endued with a great supernatural power.
There is a remarkable reading here in several MSS. which should not pass unnoticed. In ABCDE, several others, together with the Ethiopic, Armenian, later Syriac, Vulgate, Itala, Origen, and Irenaeus, the word καλουμενη is added before μεγαλη, and the passage reads thus, This person is that power of God which is Called the Great. This appears to be the true reading; but what the Samaritans meant by that power of God which they termed the Great, we know not. Simon endeavored to persuade the people that he was a very great personage, and he succeeded.
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'Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.'--ACTS viii. 21. The era of the birth of Christianity was one of fermenting opinion and decaying faith. Then, as now, men's minds were seething and unsettled, and that unrest which is the precursor of great changes in intellectual and spiritual habitudes affected the civilised world. Such a period is ever one of predisposition to superstition. The one true bond which unites God and man being obscured, …
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Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached
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The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
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