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Simon (sî'mon), a hearing, contracted from Simeon, a sorcerer, who professed to be a convert to the Christian faith, and was baptized by Philip at Samaria, but was severely rebuked by Peter as a hypocrite, because he desired to buy the gift of the Spirit. Acts 8:9. Hence the buying and selling of ecclesiastical rights, benefits, or privileges is called simony, a high offence against the purity and integrity of the Christian faith. 2. Simon Peter. Matthew 4:18. See Peter. 3. Simon the Canaanite, Matthew 10:4, or Simon Zelotes, or the zealous, one of the twelve apostles; was one of the party called Zealots, hence his name. The epithet "Canaanite" is properly "Kananite," the Chaldee for "zeal," and has no reference to locality. 4. The brother of our Lord, Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:5; not to be confounded with the preceding, nor with Symeon, who succeeded James as bishop of the church in Jerusalem. 5. A Pharisee. Luke 7:36; Luke 7:40. 6. A leper. Matthew 26:6. 7. The father of Judas Iscariot. John 6:71. 8. The man of Cyrene who was compelled to bear our Saviour's cross. Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26. 9. The tanner at Joppa with whom Peter lodged. Acts 9:43.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Simon'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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