Acts 8:19
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New International Version
and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

King James Bible
Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

Darby Bible Translation
saying, Give to me also this power, in order that on whomsoever I may lay hands he may receive [the] Holy Spirit.

World English Bible
saying, "Give me also this power, that whoever I lay my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit."

Young's Literal Translation
saying, 'Give also to me this authority, that on whomsoever I may lay the hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

When Simon saw, etc. - By hearing these speak with different tongues and work miracles.

He offered them money - Supposing that the dispensing this Spirit belonged to them - that they could give it to whomsoever they pleased; and imagining that, as he saw them to be poor men, they would not object to take money for their gift; and it is probable that he had gained considerably by his juggling, and therefore could afford to spare some, as he hoped to make it all up by the profit which he expected to derive from this new influence.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Acts 8:9-11,17 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria...

Matthew 18:1-3 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven...

Luke 14:7-11 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying to them...

John 5:44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?

1 Corinthians 15:8,9 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time...

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.

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Simon the Sorcerer
'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,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

A Meeting in the Desert
'And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28. Was returning, and sitting in his chariot, read Esaias the prophet. 29. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

Whether the Imposition of the Priest's Hands is Necessary for this Sacrament?
Objection 1: It would seem that the imposition of the priest's hands is necessary for this sacrament. For it is written (Mk. 16:18): "They shall lay hands upon the sick, and they shall recover." Now sinners are sick spiritually, and obtain recovery through this sacrament. Therefore an imposition of hands should be made in this sacrament. Objection 2: Further, in this sacrament man regains the Holy Ghost Whom he had lost, wherefore it is said in the person of the penitent (Ps. 1:14): "Restore unto
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether Penance is a Sacrament?
Objection 1: It would seem that Penance is not a sacrament. For Gregory [*Cf. Isidore, Etym. vi, ch. 19] says: "The sacraments are Baptism, Chrism, and the Body and Blood of Christ; which are called sacraments because under the veil of corporeal things the Divine power works out salvation in a hidden manner." But this does not happen in Penance, because therein corporeal things are not employed that, under them, the power of God may work our salvation. Therefore Penance is not a sacrament. Objection
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Acts 8:18
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money

Acts 8:20
Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!

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