Acts 8:20

“But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Acts 8:20

But Peter said vnto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Peter said, May your money come to destruction with you, because you had the idea that what is freely given by God may be got for a price.
- Basic English Bible

And Peter said to him, Thy money go with thee to destruction, because thou hast thought that the gift of God can be obtained by money.
- Darby Bible

But Peter said to him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
- Webster's Bible

Perish your money and yourself, replied Peter, "because you have imagined that you can obtain God's free gift with money!
- Weymouth Bible

But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
- World English Bible

But Petir seide to hym, Thi money be with thee into perdicioun, for thou gessidist the yifte of God schulde be had for monei.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Peter said unto him, `Thy silver with thee -- may it be to destruction! because the gift of God thou didst think to possess through money;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Acts 8:20

Wesley's Notes for Acts 8:20


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

8:21 Thou hast neither part - By purchase, nor lot - Given gratis, in this matter - This gift of God. For thy heart is not right before God - Probably St. Peter discerned this long before he had declared it; although it does not appear that God gave to any of the apostles a universal power of discerning the hearts of all they conversed with; any more than a universal power of healing all the sick they came near. This we are sure St. Paul had not; though he was not inferior to the chief of the apostles. Otherwise he would not have suffered the illness of Epaphroditus to have brought him so near to death, #Php 2:25 |- 27; nor have left so useful a fellow labourer as Trophimus sick at Miletus, #2Tim 4:20|.

8:22 Repent - if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee - Without all doubt if he had repented, he would have been forgiven. The doubt was, whether he would repent. Thou art in the gall of bitterness - In the highest degree of wickedness, which is bitterness, that is, misery to the soul; and in the bond of iniquity - Fast bound therewith.


People's Bible Notes for Acts 8:20


Ac 8:20 Peter said. Peter's outburst of indignation is characteristic. Thy money perish with thee. Not an anathema, but the statement of a fact, unless he repents. Because thou hast thought. Observe that, in Peter's rebukes, the thought is, not that he has never been converted, but that he has now committed an awful sin. It is "one sin", not his "sins", that stands out in every sentence.

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