May you perish with your money! (Acts 8:20)

“But Peter

Said to Simon.

‘May your silver

Perish with you,

Because you thought

That you could obtain

God’s gift

With money!’”

Πέτρος δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν Τὸ ἀργύριόν σου σὺν σοὶ εἴη εἰς ἀπώλειαν, ὅτι τὴν δωρεὰν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐνόμισας διὰ χρημάτων κτᾶσθαι.

The author of Acts indicated that Peter (Πέτρος δὲ) said to Simon (εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν) that his silver (Τὸ ἀργύριόν σου) should perish (εἴη εἰς ἀπώλειαν) with him (σὺν σοὶ), because he thought (ἐνόμισας) that he could obtain or acquire (κτᾶσθαι) God’s gift (ὅτι τὴν δωρεὰν τοῦ Θεοῦ) with money (διὰ χρημάτων).  Peter was adamant.  Simon and his silver money should perish or rot in eternity.  How did he even think that money could get him God’s gift?  The magician with the money now wanted God’s special power for his own good.  Peter was upset even at the thought of this attempt to put a financial value on the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Have you ever reduced spiritual values to financial considerations?

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