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When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit.     For the Holy Spirit had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.     Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Simon saw that the Spirit had been given to the believers when the apostles placed their hands on them.     So he offered money to Peter and John, and said, “Give this power to me too, so that anyone I place my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit.”     But Peter answered him, “May you and your money go to hell, for thinking that you can buy God’s gift with money.     You have no part or share in our work, because your heart is not right in God’s sight.”

(Lesson Text: Today’s English Version, Copyright ©1992 by the American Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)