Acts 8:19

19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 8:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
ESV
19 saying, "Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
NLT
19 “Let me have this power, too,” he exclaimed, “so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!”
MSG
19 and said, "Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!"
CSB
19 saying, "Give me this power too, so that anyone I lay hands on may receive the Holy Spirit."

Acts 8:19 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 8:19

Saying, give me also this power
He does not ask them to lay their hands on him, that he might receive the Holy Ghost, and have these gifts to exercise himself, but that he might have the power of conferring them on others:

that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost;
in which he discovered his ambition and avarice: his ambition, that he might be above Philip; who though he had these gifts, yet had not a power to lay on hands, and thereby convey them unto others; he perceived that this was purely apostolical; and indeed, what he requested was more than what the apostles could do; for though upon their prayers, and through the imposition of their hands, the gifts of the Spirit were bestowed upon men; yet they never could, nor did give a power to others, to do as they did; and his avarice prompted him to this, that he might make gain of it; not by doing miracles himself, but by conveying a power to others to do them.

Acts 8:19 In-Context

17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money
19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!
21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.