Acts 8:20-23

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.
22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

Acts 8:20 in Other Translations

KJV
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.
ESV
20 But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
NLT
20 But Peter replied, “May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God’s gift can be bought!
MSG
20 Peter said, "To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that's unthinkable - trying to buy God's gift!
CSB
20 But Peter told him, "May your silver be destroyed with you, because you thought the gift of God could be obtained with money!

Acts 8:20-23 In-Context

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.
22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.

Cross References 4

  • 1. 2 Kings 5:16; Daniel 5:17; Matthew 10:8; Acts 2:38
  • 2. Nehemiah 2:20
  • 3. Psalms 78:37
  • 4. Acts 2:38
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