Acts 8:17

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

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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

  • Irene123
    The Bible itself proves one cannot be a 'lone' Christian. Acts 8:26-40 (God's spirit spoke to Philip). The eunuch admitted he needed someone to teach him. That's why God instituted the pastorate and disciples (saints), to be in that place, by prayer
  • Jodi
    I am so glad to read of the need of preaching. In this day so many say they don't need to go to church, but the unuch said how can I unless someone guide me?
  • Steve morrow
    ---RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT---ACTS 5:32 AND WE ARE HIS WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS AND SO IS ALSO THE HOLY SPIRIT --- WHOM GOD HATH GIVEN ---TO THEM THAT OBEY HIM
    ( JESUS TEACHES NOT MAN ) LUKE 11:13 IF YOU THEN BEING EVIL KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS UNTO YOUR CHILDREN HOW MUCH MORE SHALL YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THEM THAT ASK HIM
  • A disciple
    Mark; It wasn't true, whatever you were taught that only the original living Apostles could be the vehicles for God giving His Holy Spirit. John the Baptist said, that Jesus was He who would baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire. Jesus Himself, when expounding to the Apostles about the purpose of God for "us" in this world till He returns; said how the Holy Spirit must be in us to fulfill that plan.
  • Bruce
    Mark:When you feel The Father tug on your Heart:John6:44 / ask forgiveness:1John 1:9 / Jesus will wash away your sins in his own blood Revelation1:5 / you will be Baptized with The Holy Ghost:Matthew 3:11 / you will know!:2Corinthians 5:17 / you will be Sealed:Ephesians 1:13 / Satan will try to destroy you! Get dressed for battle! Ephesians 6:11 / you will be persecuted:Matthew 5:11 / .
  • Irene123
    To receive the Holy Ghost today you follow the plan of Jesus in Acts 2:38; the people gathered from all over the Roman Emp. in Jerusalem for the Day of Pentecost asked, after hearing Peter's message - Acts 2:37 .....

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