Acts 8:18

“And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the Apostles hands, the holy Ghost was giuen, hee offered them money,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the touch of the Apostles' hands, he made them an offering of money, saying,
- Basic English Bible

But Simon, having seen that by the laying on of the hands of the apostles the [Holy] Spirit was given, offered them money,
- Darby Bible

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
- Webster's Bible

When, however, Simon saw that it was through the laying on of the Apostles' hands that the Spirit was bestowed, he offered them money.
- Weymouth Bible

Now when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
- World English Bible

And whanne Symount hadde seyn, that the Hooly Goost was youun bi leiyng on of the hoondis of the apostlis, and he proferide to hem money, and seide,
- Wycliffe Bible

And Simon, having beheld that through the laying on of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Spirit is given, brought before them money,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Acts 8:18


8:18 Simon offered them money - And hence the procuring any ministerial function, or ecclesiastical benefice by money, is termed Simony.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 8:18


Ac 8:18,19 When Simon saw . . . he offered them money. Uninstructed in the lofty spirit of the gospel, ambitious to possess this power peculiar to the apostles, he is sordid enough to offer money for it. His sin was not that he aspired to this power, but that he sought to buy it. He had very crude conceptions of the spirit of Christianity. It is not stated, but it is easy to infer, that he was not one of those upon whom the apostles had bestowed the divine gift.

Discussion for Acts 8

  • Ray321
    1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ
  • A disciple
    Psalms 119:73 "Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." Our God knows and understands all things; and His desire regarding us has always been, that as His children we should also. If there had been no sin in the beginning... but we never got a chance to learn how to be His children the way He had in mind when He created us, until JESUS!!!!
  • Ray321
    Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. God will teach a man if he his willing in his Heart.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The apostles are all fired up! The Holy Spirit is at work. We can also be fired up for Christ if we have the Holy Spirit. Money cannot buy it. We need to come pleading for it after salvation and sanctification. The Ethiopian eunuch's story tells us to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us when we are reading the Bible for proper interpretation.
  • Ray321
    Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. God sent Jesus to saved sinners like Saul. Praise the Lord.
  • A disciple
    "And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith." Why do so many try to separate the Christian of today from the Commonwealth of Israel and the Disciples in the beginning, and make things free, easy and automatic to us; that were given to them under strict conditions?

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