Acts 8:9-25 (Lexham English Bible)

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Simon the Magician

9 Now a certain man {named}a Simon had been in the city practicing magic and astonishing the people of Samaria, saying he was someone great. 10 They were all paying attention to {him},b from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called 'Great.'" 11 And they were paying attention to him because for a long time he had astonished them with [his]c magic. 12 But when they believed Philip [as he]d was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were being baptized. 13 And Simon himself also believed, and [after he]e was baptized he was {keeping close company with}f Philip. And [when he]g saw the signs and great miracles that were taking place, he was astonished. 14 Now [when]h the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who went down [and]i prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. 16 (For he had not yet fallen on any of them, {but they had only been baptized}j in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then they placed [their]k hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now Simon, [when he]l saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, offered them money, 19 saying, "Give to me also this power, so that whomever I place [my]m hands on may receive the Holy Spirit!" 20 But Peter said to him, "May your silver {be destroyed along with you},n because you thought {you could acquire}o the gift of God by means of money! 21 {You have no}p part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and ask the Lord if perhaps the intent of your heart may be forgiven you!" 23 For I see you are in {a state of bitter envy}q and {bound by unrighteousness}."r 24 But Simon answered [and]s said, "You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said will come upon me." 25 So [when]t they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they turned back toward Jerusalem, and were proclaiming the good news [to] many villages of the Samaritans.
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