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

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

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.

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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