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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 8:22


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    King James Bible - Acts 8:22

    Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

    World English Bible

    Repent therefore of this, your wickedness, and ask God if perhaps the thought of your
    heart may be forgiven you.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 8:22

    Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy
    heart may be forgiven thee.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy
    heart may be forgiven thee.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    μετανοησον
    3340 5657 V-AAM-2S ουν 3767 CONJ απο 575 PREP της 3588 T-GSF κακιας 2549 N-GSF σου 4675 P-2GS ταυτης 3778 D-GSF και 2532 CONJ δεηθητι 1189 5676 V-AOM-2S του 3588 T-GSM θεου 2316 N-GSM ει 1487 COND αρα 686 PRT αφεθησεται 863 5701 V-FPI-3S σοι 4671 P-2DS η 3588 T-NSF επινοια 1963 N-NSF της 3588 T-GSF καρδιας 2588 N-GSF σου 4675 P-2GS

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    VERSE (22) -
    Ac 2:38; 3:19; 17:30 Ro 2:4 2Ti 2:25,26 Re 2:21

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 8:22

    Arrepintete pues de sta tu maldad, y ruega a Dios, si quizs te ser perdonado este pensamiento de tu corazn.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 8:22

    Verse 22.
    Repent therefore of this thy wickedness] St. Peter did not suppose his case to be utterly hopeless; though his sin, considered in its motives and objects, was of the most heinous kind.

    If perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.] His sin, as yet, only existed in thought and purpose; and therefore it is said, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 22. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness , etc.] For a great piece of wickedness it was, to offer money for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to imagine, that could be purchased with money; and what made the wickedness still greater was, the evil design he had in this, to advance himself in opposition to Christ and his apostles, as he afterwards did; and when the apostle puts him upon repentance, his view is to show the heinousness of his crime, the need he stood in of repentance, and that without it, his case must be miserable: and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee ; though he was in a state of nature, the apostle exhorts him to the duty of prayer; for prayer is a natural duty, and binding upon all men, though none but a spiritual man can perform it in a spiritual way: and though this sin of Simons was a very heinous one, and came very near unto, and looked very much like the sin against the Holy Ghost, yet it was not the unpardonable one; it might be pardoned by the grace of God, and through the blood of Christ; and therefore Peter, who wished his salvation and not his damnation, put him upon prayer for it; which was possible, though difficult, but not certain: the apostle says not this, as doubting; if it was a case wholly to be despaired of, then he would not have directed him to the means; and yet the wickedness was so horribly great, and he in such a wretched hardened state, that there was no great hope or expectation of his repentance, and so of the application of pardon to him: however, this advice was not given ironically: Peter was too grave and serious to speak sarcastically, or break a jest upon a man in such circumstances; whom no doubt he heartily pitied, though he abhorred his sin: the Syriac version renders it, the deceit of thine heart: and the Ethiopic version, the evil thought of thine heart; and such it was.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 14-25 - The Holy
    Ghost was as yet fallen upon none of these coverts, in the extraordinary powers conveyed by the descent of the Spirit upon the da of Pentecost. We may take encouragement from this example, in prayin to God to give the renewing graces of the Holy Ghost to all for whose spiritual welfare we are concerned; for that includes all blessings. N man can give the Holy Spirit by the laying on of his hands; but we should use our best endeavours to instruct those for whom we pray Simon Magus was ambitious to have the honour of an apostle, but care not at all to have the spirit and disposition of a Christian. He wa more desirous to gain honour to himself, than to do good to others Peter shows him his crime. He esteemed the wealth of this world, as i it would answer for things relating to the other life, and woul purchase the pardon of sin, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and eterna life. This was such a condemning error as could by no means consis with a state of grace. Our hearts are what they are in the sight of God, who cannot be deceived. And if they are not right in his sight our religion is vain, and will stand us in no stead. A proud an covetous heart cannot be right with God. It is possible for a man to continue under the power of sin, yet to put on a form of godliness When tempted with money to do evil, see what a perishing thing mone is, and scorn it. Think not that Christianity is a trade to live by in this world. There is much wickedness in the thought of the heart, it false notions, and corrupt affections, and wicked projects, which mus be repented of, or we are undone. But it shall be forgiven, upon ou repentance. The doubt here is of the sincerity of Simon's repentance not of his pardon, if his repentance was sincere. Grant us, Lord another sort of faith than that which made Simon wonder only, and di not sanctify his heart. May we abhor all thoughts of making religio serve the purposes of pride or ambition. And keep us from that subtl poison of spiritual pride, which seeks glory to itself even from humility. May we seek only the honour which cometh from God.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    μετανοησον
    3340 5657 V-AAM-2S ουν 3767 CONJ απο 575 PREP της 3588 T-GSF κακιας 2549 N-GSF σου 4675 P-2GS ταυτης 3778 D-GSF και 2532 CONJ δεηθητι 1189 5676 V-AOM-2S του 3588 T-GSM θεου 2316 N-GSM ει 1487 COND αρα 686 PRT αφεθησεται 863 5701 V-FPI-3S σοι 4671 P-2DS η 3588 T-NSF επινοια 1963 N-NSF της 3588 T-GSF καρδιας 2588 N-GSF σου 4675 P-2GS

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    22. If perhaps. The doubt suggested by the heinousness of the offense. Thought (epinoia). Only here in New Testament. Lit., a thinking on or contriving; and hence implying a plan or
    design.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    8:22 {
    Wickedness} (kakias). Only here in Luke's writings, though old word and in LXX (cf. #1Pe 2:1,16). {If perhaps} (ei ara). _Si forte_. this idiom, though with the future indicative and so a condition of the first class (determined as fulfilled), yet minimizes the chance of forgiveness as in #Mr 11:13. Peter may have thought that his Sin was close to the unpardonable Sin (#Mt 12:31), but he does not close the door of hope. {The thought} (he epinoia). Old Greek word from epinoew, to think upon, and so purpose. Only here in the N.T.


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