‘Give me also
Anyone on whom
I lay my hands
The Holy Spirit.’”
λέγων Δότε κἀμοὶ τὴν ἐξουσίαν ταύτην ἵνα ᾧ ἐὰν ἐπιθῶ τὰς χεῖρας λαμβάνῃ Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον.
The author of Acts indicated that Simon said (λέγων) that he wanted this power or this authority (Δότε κἀμοὶ τὴν ἐξουσίαν ταύτην), so that he could (ἵνα ᾧ ἐὰν) lay hands (ἐπιθῶ τὰς χεῖρα) on people, so that they would receive (λαμβάνῃ) the Holy Spirit (Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον). He had been a magician and thought that Peter had some special different kind of magical powers. He wanted those same powers or the authority to control the Holy Spirit. He was willing to pay John and Peter some money, if they would teach them or give him this special power or authority. As mentioned in the previous verse, this became known as simony, buying a spiritual power or an ecclesiastical position, such as a priest, bishop or cardinal. Do you know anyone who has tried to buy a spiritual power?