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Acts 8:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— who, having come down, prayed for them that they might receive [the] Holy Spirit;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Who, indeed, going down, prayed for them, that they might receive Holy Spirit;—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— who having come down did pray concerning them, that they may receive the Holy Spirit,—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who, when they were come, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Who when they were come downe, praied for them that they might receiue the holy Ghost.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And they went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Spirit of Holiness:
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And they went down, and prayed over them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Who, 3748
{3748} Prime
ὅστις
hostis
{hos'-tis}
From G3739 and G5100; which some, that is, any that; also (definitely) which same.
when they were come down, 2597
{2597} Prime
καταβαίνω
katabaino
{kat-ab-ah'-ee-no}
From G2596 and the base of G0939; to descend (literally or figuratively).
z5631
<5631> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 889
prayed 4336
{4336} Prime
προσεύχομαι
proseuchomai
{pros-yoo'-khom-ahee}
From G4314 and G2172; to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship.
z5662
<5662> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 352
for 4012
{4012} Prime
περί
peri
{per-ee'}
From the base of G4008; properly through (all over), that is, around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period).
them, 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
that 3704
{3704} Prime
ὅπως
hopos
{hop'-oce}
From G3739 and G4459; what (-ever) how, that is, in the manner that (as adverb or conjugation of coincidence, intentional or actual).
they might receive 2983
{2983} Prime
λαμβάνω
lambano
{lam-ban'-o}
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove]).
z5632
<5632> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 449
the Holy 40
{0040} Prime
ἅγιος
hagios
{hag'-ee-os}
From ἅγος [[hagos]] (an awful thing) compare G0053, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).
Ghost: 4151
{4151} Prime
πνεῦμα
pneuma
{pnyoo'-mah}
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy spirit.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Acts 8:14-17.


Acts 8:15-16

_ _ prayed ... they might receive the Holy Ghost. (For only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus) — As the baptism of adults presupposed “the renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5-7; 1 Corinthians 12:13), of which the profession of faith had to be taken for evidence, this communication of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the apostles’ hands was clearly a superadded thing; and as it was only occasional, so it was invariably attended with miraculous manifestations (see Acts 10:44, where it followed Peter’s preaching; and Acts 19:1-7, where, as here, it followed the laying on of hands). In the present case an important object was served by it — “the sudden appearance of a body of baptized disciples in Samaria, by the agency of one who was not an apostle, requiring the presence and power of apostles to perform their special part as the divinely appointed founders of the Church” [Alford]. Beautiful, too, was the spectacle exhibited of Jew and Samaritan, one in Christ.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Acts 8:14-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Acts 8:15

The Holy Ghost — In his miraculous gifts? Or his sanctifying graces? Probably in both.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Acts 8:15

Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the (d) Holy Ghost:

(d) Those excellent gifts which are necessary, especially for those that were to be appointed rulers and governors of the Church.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
prayed:

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
John 14:13-14 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. ... If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].
John 16:23-24 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you. ... Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Philippians 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
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Mt 18:19. Jn 14:13; 16:23. Ac 2:38. Php 1:19.

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