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

  • Lance77
    1 Corinthians 13:9 Context 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail whether there be tongues, they shall cease. we have Gods word now.
  • 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 / .

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