Repent! (Acts 8:22)

“Repent!

Of this wickedness

Of yours!

Pray to the Lord!

If possible,

The intent of your heart

May be forgiven you.”

μετανόησον οὖν ἀπὸ τῆς κακίας σου ταύτης, καὶ δεήθητι τοῦ Κυρίου εἰ ἄρα ἀφεθήσεταί σοι ἡ ἐπίνοια τῆς καρδίας σου·

The author of Acts indicated that Peter told Simon to repent (μετανόησον οὖν) of his wickedness (ἀπὸ τῆς κακίας σου ταύτης).  He was to pray (καὶ δεήθητι) to the Lord (τοῦ Κυρίου).  Then it might be possible (εἰ ἄρα) to have the intent (ἡ ἐπίνοια) of his heart (τῆς καρδίας σου) forgiven (ἀφεθήσεταί σοι).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐπίνοια, that means a thought, a design, a purpose, or an intent.  Peter asked Simon to repent, to have a change of heart, a metanoia.  He had to give up his wicked ways.  He had to pray to the Lord.  Then possibly his heart might be forgiven.  He had a chance, but it was not nailed down.  Have you ever had a second chance and took advantage of it?

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