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Acts 8:18

    Acts 8:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    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,

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Acts 8:18

    When Simon saw, etc. - By hearing these speak with different tongues and work miracles.

    He offered them money - Supposing that the dispensing this Spirit belonged to them - that they could give it to whomsoever they pleased; and imagining that, as he saw them to be poor men, they would not object to take money for their gift; and it is probable that he had gained considerably by his juggling, and therefore could afford to spare some, as he hoped to make it all up by the profit which he expected to derive from this new influence.

    Barnes' Notes on Acts 8:18

    Simon saw ... - That is, he witnessed the extraordinary effects, the power of speaking in a miraculous manner, etc. See the notes on Acts 8:15.

    He offered them money - He had had a remarkable influence over the Samaritans, and he saw that the possession of this power would perpetuate and increase his influence. People commonly employ the tricks of legerdemain for the purpose of making money, and it seems probable that such had been the design of Simon. He saw that if he could communicate to "others" this power; if he could confer on "them" the talent of speaking other languages, it might be turned to vast account, and he sought, therefore, to purchase it of the apostles. From this act of Simon we have derived our word "simony," to denote the buying and selling of ecclesiastical preferment, or church offices, where religion is supported by the state. This act of Simon shows conclusively that he was influenced by improper motives in becoming connected with the church.

    Wesley's Notes on Acts 8:18

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