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Acts 8:17

“Then layde they their hands on them, and they receiued the holy Ghost.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)

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Other Translations

Then laid they [their] hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
- King James Version

Then they {began} laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then they put their hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came on them.
- Basic English Bible

Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received [the] Holy Spirit.
- Darby Bible

Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

Then the Apostles placed their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
- Weymouth Bible

Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
- World English Bible

Thanne thei leiden hoondis on hem, and thei resseyueden the Hooli Goost.
- Wycliffe Bible

then were they laying hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Acts 8:17

Ac 8:17 They laid [their] hands on them. Whedon says: ``This was part of that miraculous supremacy of the apostles that they could not communicate to any successor.'' This reception of the Holy Spirit was manifest in speaking with tongue and other powers.

Discussion for Acts 8

  • Gladys
    I love the story of simon , coz today we have many simon in the world that deserve many people
  • George taylor
    The Holy spirit spoken of,is it something have to be prayed for,or when one ask the Lord inti their lives,they automatically receives the Holy spirir?
  • Mike
    Simmon in his thoughts thought that he could purchase the Holy Spirit with money and a lot of ways today the same exist. People want things instantly. They want proof but, God is a God who looks at the heart he does not look at our material possessions. God created every thing including money so how can a man buy God? It is impossible except threw repentance and a sinner heart can we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift from God one that can not be bought with silver or gold. That's why the word says ask and you shall receive so that your joy may be complete. And when you study and pray and truly seek Gods word will in come to live within you. You must be born again and walk in Christ to be filled with the holy spirit it is such a beautiful and wonderful thing to have the creator of the world and universe live inside of you man it is the best feeling in the world. No drug could replace Gods spirit! being washed and clean from the inside is beautiful amazing, awesome. There is nothing like having Jesus live in you twenty four hours a day seven days a weak. God truly in living inside of you how great is that god living in me wow no better thing in the world than that man to be touched by Jesus is awesome truly awesome! It is truth, it is life, it is Christ living and breathing inside of you and not to testify and tell some one is a crime man when god first touch me with the holy ghost I was blown away so clean so pure it is love literally love living in you.
  • Anonymous
    In Acts chapter 2:38 Peter was addressing Jews on the day of Pentecost, when they asked what must they do verse 37, He Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. That was the requirement of the early church. Now, turn to Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words the Holy Ghost fell on them which heard words. In Acts 2:38 the Jews had to repent, be baptized everyone of them in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins in order to receive the Holy Spirit. But, Acts 10:44 they The Gentles received the Holy Spirit without being baptized. They early believers who were Jews still under the old Mosaic covenant at that time. Which was a different dispensation, were required to be water baptized to be saved. But, under the new dispensation according to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1 4 all that is required for salvation, "both Jews and Gentles is truly believing in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, plus nothing. Then we will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Look Acts 16: 30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said Paul and Silas Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. He did not saw they should repent and be baptize. No. all they said was believe!
  • Rudy Moreno for verse 12
    When I believed , able to receive the truth .. I was rebaptized in the Name of JESUS Christ .... Then, what I thought was three , became "One " again ! ... It is definitely a commandment of GOD through HIS apostles by the HOLY SPIRIT !
  • Ms Teacher
    The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, One Baptism meaning One way to be baptized in water. In Matthew 3:11-17 is where John baptized Jesus in water as a demonstration for us to follow if you notice Jesus told John for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness and this was done with Water. Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the Water, both Philip and the eunuch and he baptized him. 1Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: faith without works is dead James 2:14-17 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Not by faith only James 2:24 the Bible does say we shall by faith but it says the Just not the Unjust can live by faith because they are still lost until they obey then they can live by faith .

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