Bible: Acts 8:9-24

8:9 Now in that city was a man named Simon, who had been practicing magic 1  and amazing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great. 8:10 All the people, 2  from the least to the greatest, paid close attention to him, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called ‘Great.’ 3  8:11 And they paid close attention to him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. 8:12 But when they believed Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God 4  and the name of Jesus Christ, 5  they began to be baptized, 6  both men and women. 8:13 Even Simon himself believed, and after he was baptized, he stayed close to 7  Philip constantly, and when he saw the signs and great miracles that were occurring, he was amazed. 8 

8:14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem 9  heard that Samaria had accepted the word 10  of God, they sent 11  Peter and John to them. 8:15 These two 12  went down and prayed for them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. 8:16 (For the Spirit 13  had not yet come upon 14  any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 15  8:17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on the Samaritans, 16  and they received the Holy Spirit. 17 

8:18 Now Simon, when he saw that the Spirit 18  was given through the laying on of the apostleshands, offered them money, 8:19 saying, “Give me this power 19  too, so that everyone I place my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.” 8:20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, 20  because you thought you could acquire 21  God’s gift with money! 8:21 You have no share or part 22  in this matter 23  because your heart is not right before God! 8:22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord 24  that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your heart. 25  8:23 For I see that you are bitterly envious 26  and in bondage to sin.” 8:24 But Simon replied, 27 You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said may happen to 28  me.”

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