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The New International Version

Acts 8:14–24

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14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samariac had accepted the word of God,d they sent Peter and Johne to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,f 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them;g they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.h 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them,i and they received the Holy Spirit.j

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!k 21 You have no part or sharel in this ministry, because your heart is not rightm before God. 22 Repentn 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 meo so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”

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